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 →

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 →

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