More Winter Interest

More Winter Interest This time of year there are lots of blog posts about having multi-season interest, and especially Winter interest, in your garden. I love THIS from The Gardener's Eden. Beautiful colour, strong contrast, everything you could want to take your mind off the bone shattering cold. Or fromĀ Monrovia's Top 7 Garden Trends for... Continue Reading →

Hamamelis and Hummers–5 Things

Hummingbirds and Witch-hazel. I don't know how this escaped my notice all these years, but it appears that the hummingbirds LOVE Witch-hazel--Hamamelis. The boys and girls were out there this morning drinking to their hearts' content. I scoured Google images for one of a Hummingbird enjoying the nectar of the Hamamelis, without success. And try... Continue Reading →

Winter Projects Part 1

Winter Projects Part 1 Those pictures are from a few years ago. I want to see the garden looking like above, but this is what it looks like now: I've written about pruning your Hellebores several times before, so now I just want to amend the suggestions. Specifically, leave the foliage if you don't need... 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 Concrete Patios

I had an inquiry the other day about a concrete patio--I was being asked to build one, which I don't do. But I did reply with questions she'd want to consider before committing to a design and a contractor. I've googled a bunch of images that illustrate dos and don'ts of concrete patios: Size One... 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 →

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