Gardening with Native Plants

I mentioned in a recent post that one of my goals for this year's garden is to add more native plants - trees, shrubs and perennials.  I started incorporating some permaculture principles into my gardening a couple of years ago, and have certainly witnessed an increase in wildlife and pollinators in the garden as a... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Somewhat belatedly I'm jumping onto the Happy New Year bandwagon.  I've developed a nasty cold to ring in the new year, so just getting up enough steam to complete this post.  We're also just coming out of an extremely unpleasant cold snap suffering through temps as low as -20º F (and with the wind chill,... Continue Reading →

Winter Prep Underway

Saturday -- We've been experiencing an arctic blast over the past couple of days.  It's 12º F this morning and was only 16º yesterday morning with a wind chill of 1º F, and our first dusting of snow overnight.  I'd been hoping to start some serious winter prep, but couldn't bring myself to work out in... Continue Reading →

First Hard Frost

We had our first hard frost on the 17th; a low of 31 degrees.  It was cold enough to ensure that the dahlias, coleus, cannas, and other tender perennials were done for the season. I awoke to a world dusted in white and came home after work to blackened foliage throughout the garden. The first... Continue Reading →

End of Month View – September 2017

Thanks to Steve at Glebe House for hosting this meme. It's been a strange autumn so far.  August brought us some lovely, cool temperatures with light rains; the leaves began their color changes, pumpkins were harvested and it was beginning to feel a lot like fall. Then, without warning, September brought tropical heat and humidity,... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Plants for September

Thanks again to Chloris at the Blooming Garden for hosting the "Top Ten" again this month.  Below are my top ten (in no particular order really) from the mid-September garden.  I'll try to throw in a few non-Dahlias, but it's really difficult - they're such attention getters!  Enjoy, and don't forget to stop by The... Continue Reading →

A Glimpse…

of Autumn can be spotted in the trees.  Certainly not in the temperature!  It's been in the 80s with no rain heading into week 2.  This is usually my busiest divide and re-lo time in the garden, but I hate to do so when it's this warm and dry. So, I held off doing any... Continue Reading →

Sunday in the Garden

"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives." -- Gertrude Jekyll This past Sunday was a nearly perfect day in the garden.  The sky was overcast, but the temperature was in the low 70s with negligible humidity;... Continue Reading →

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