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 →

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 →

Slow Down

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  - Henry David Thoreau I'm  as guilty as the next person when it comes to an utter inability to slow down -- to stop running from one thing to another, to stop the to-do lists from churning through my mind -- to just slow... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of an Early Morning

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -- Marcus Aurelius "I'm so glad my window looks east into the sunrising.... It's so splendid to see the morning coming up over those long hills and glowing through... 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 →

Obsession

I'm slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up -- edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed.  Sadly, it's already June 11th and I'm only half way there! I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries,... Continue Reading →

Yesterday’s Blooms

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson     "Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." - Gerard de Nerval     "A flower blossoms for its own joy." - Oscar Wilde     "Where flowers bloom so does hope."... Continue Reading →

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