Enter INTO Your Garden

Another article from the home-and-garden website Houzz: 8 Ways a Garden Can draw You In. I'll write a post of my own on this subject in the future, and I've alluded to it in various past posts. (I'm always looking for ways to encourage residents/families to get out into the garden, not just look at... Continue Reading →

More Floral Design

I can't pretend these are "good" floral designs, just opportunities to get the most out of the garden--seeing it outside but also bringing it inside. Westerland Rose, Europeana rose, Boxwood stems, Leycesteria formosa--which I won't bother with again, it only lasts one day. Octavia Hill rose, Karl Rosenfeld Peony, Turk's cap lily, Euphorbia characias, bracken... Continue Reading →

Few New Bouquets

Haven't posted any bouquet pics since late last summer, but since some of my roses have been doing well, likewise peonies and filler flowers and greenery, it's time for a reveal: Festiva Maxima peony, Westerland Rose, Victoria California Lilac, Alba Camassia, Julia Child Rose, an amazing plum coloured iris the name of which I dis-remember,... Continue Reading →

Viewpoint Part II, and Ferns

Take Advantage of Timing Yesterday I mentioned the two ephemerals Sanguinaria (bloodwort) and Erythronium (trout lily). The Sanguinaria was coming up under the foliage of the Asplenium (hart's tongue fern), and the Erythronium is concealed behind the Buxus (boxwood). But spring ephemerals are perennials that erupt, bloom, set seed and "die back" all in spring,... Continue Reading →

Whose Viewpoint?

I've posted too little over the last two years, so with this forced isolation still upon us, I think I'll try to post a little something most days. Remains to be seen--it always takes longer to write than I think it's going to... So for today, it's about your viewpoint. This is the view from... Continue Reading →

Before and After

Last week Facebook kindly reminded me of pictures I posted that date nine years earlier. They were pics of my garden. So I went out that day--fortunately a nice day for taking pictures, unlike every day since--and tried to capture the same angles. I'm not the greatest photographer in the world, and with 9 years... Continue Reading →

A Word about Lighting

If you scroll down to the pictures of exterior lighting you'll assume that the reason any of us want lighting is to provide light--lots and lots of light. But as Richard V. Morse says in this article, light is a means to an end. You want to read, or you want to see the fish... Continue Reading →

Dull Day in Feb

It's almost always a dull day in Feb, but unlike many "northern" places, and unlike last year, this dull Monday is mild, as has been the whole winter season. Hence, spring-ish garden pics--same plants I show you most years!: You can imagine how adaptable Sarcococca is: it's growing in never-amended soil, between concrete and asphalt,... Continue Reading →

Pumpkins in Texas!

Thanks to Garden Design Magazine for this amazing tribute to the lowly pumpkin. Actually we'll thank the Dallas Arboretum first, for their creativity. Follow the link here to see more pictures of the Pumpkin Village.

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