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 →

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 →

Fall Flowers

I took Friday afternoon off from work to spend some time catching up in the garden.  I was able to get some mums potted and placed on the front steps; always makes me feel as though autumn is on the way.  Then I spent some time weeding and re-locating a couple of young crab apple trees... Continue Reading →

September already?

The temperature has finally cooled enough, and the humidity subsided, to where I can once again tolerate working outside in the garden.  The last couple of nights have dropped into the 40s and the days have hovered in the mid-70s.  It's been blissful.  Since we're also in the midst of a long weekend, I've taken advantage... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Sunrise

on this rainy Sunday.  Not that I'm complaining about the rain, at all.  I took Friday off from work to get some plants in the ground, roughly 40 or so perennials, in the new rose garden.  Plus I did some additional border cleanup; weeding, and adding compost and mulch where needed.  Yesterday, my brother and... 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 →

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