Floral Arrangements

I determined this year to create more bouquets/floral arrangements than usual, altho' I wasn't sure how that would happen, since I've always thought I have a pretty colourless summer garden. As it turns out, even without the surprising dahlias ( I'm terrible at growing dahlias, unless they're ones I don't like), I actually have quite... 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 →

First of the Year

  In the past I've just nipped off Hellebore blossoms and floated them in a bowl. Pretty, but today I went foraging in my garden. (Can I call it "foraging" if I'm not collecting food?)

Photo Tutorial–Daylilies

Hybridizing Daylilies--Hemerocallis If you want to increase your plant stock economically, you can't do better than hybridizing daylilies. But that's not why I did it. When I saw how easy it was, and that I actually got seeds, and that I could plant them, and that I could getĀ brand new, never seen before daylily flowers,... Continue Reading →

September Colour

September Colour I must confess to having a somewhat boring fall garden. The asters aren't out yet, the rudbeckia have thinned out too much, and the echinacea is mostly in the back yard (altho' if I ever get a moment to do some planting, there are three different echinacea varieties to go out into the... Continue Reading →

Roses Roses Roses

Roses Roses Roses Roses, Rhodos and Peonies were my first loves--at least my first plant loves. And they still rank really high on that scale. But whereas rhodos and peonies are pretty self-sufficient once you start them off right, roses will almost always need a little more management. It's still "winter", even tho' most of... Continue Reading →

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