My Top Ten July Plants

Okay, I'm not sure I can really limit it to ten, but I'll give it a shot.   Generally speaking, July is my 2nd least favorite month (with February at the top of the list).  In a "normal" summer (this summer has not been at all normal), July is hot, humid, dry, pest-ridden, and the... Continue Reading →

End of June Blooms

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”  -- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Step through the gate and into the secret garden... Linger as the colors and scent of June envelops you... "Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and... Continue Reading →

Rainy Sunday

Thunderstorms are rumbling through right now, along with some torrential rain, so my gardening was cut a little short today.  I love thunderstorms though, so I'm content to sit in my darkening kitchen typing this post, rather than being outside weeding and deadheading peonies. Have I mentioned that it's been an abnormally cool and wet spring and... Continue Reading →

This Weekend in the Garden

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."  -- Rudyard Kipling Peonies are opening all over the garden.  I've added many over the past couple of years -- so many I forgot where I planted some of them until they began to pop up in early spring.  Although they bloom... Continue Reading →

New Arrivals

I've been trying to get better about growing more from seed and taking cuttings to expand my garden, rather than buying every plant that looks and sounds exciting to me.  My gardening habit has become quite expensive! Nevertheless, I've added or expanded a border every year since I started this garden in 2012 and that... Continue Reading →

Sunday Shots

"Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration." -Lou Erickson We're almost half way through the gardening season in North Country (already).  July is the month when I begin to feel a bit tired, and often a bit frustrated.  The freshness of June has passed, the days grow hot, the... Continue Reading →

The New Rose Garden

It started with a diseased tree and a David Austin catalog...Last summer we had to bring down a rather large, diseased tree.  Although it likely had a few more years in it, it was dropping some significantly sized branches every winter onto our patio area, dangerously close to the gazebo.  For safety reasons, we decided to... Continue Reading →

Creating Wildlife Habitats

Regardless the size of your garden, you can create a series of habitats suitable for local wildlife.  To create such habitats, simply focus on the basics -- food, shelter and water.  While no one habitat will be suitable for every type of animals, it may suit the needs of several. For instance, the selection of certain bee-attracting... Continue Reading →

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