Veg In Review: 2018 Season

Though there are still a few carrots and rutabaga in the dirt, I think its fair to say the growing season is over for most of us. That means its time to make heads or tails of it all and make notes for next year. Let’s get to it! What Worked: The peppers had an […]

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Good Reads.

We are on the precipice of winter here in Wisconsin. The days are already short with scant glimpses of sunshine and biting winds. Snow is in the forecast and the temperatures are in steady decline. The only consolation, going forward, is the restorative properties of a roaring fire, good red wine, and even better reading […]

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I’m always of two minds come November. Half of me is dreading the short, sunless days and impending freeze (and the snow that comes with it), the other half is excited for the slow roll into the Holidays and the respite from work in the garden that lets me think and plan for the garden. […]

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A few more for good measure.

Oh readers, I’ve done a thing. I planted out all the bulbs I ordered, finishing with about 100 daffodils. It felt so good! For like, 15 minutes. Then, I found myself standing out in the yard, bulb planter in one hand, the other hand on my hip, and an empty tray at my feet. I […]

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The Hazards of Tender Plants.

Oh, you see, I’m a pragmatic sort at heart. Logical, practical, reasonable- sometimes to a fault. But, when it comes to certain plants, all that can go straight out the window. Its why we have a banana plant. Its why there is a bougainvillea in the dining room. Its why there are designated tables for […]

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Santa Fe.

Hello! We’ve just returned from a relaxing break to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Though we expected warmer temperatures (60-70F) we got clouds and 40F. But, it was still a lovely change of scenery and a relaxing getaway. I’m back at it here. Finishing up the bulb planting and cleaning out the greenhouse. There will be […]

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Winter Creeper.

This was going to be a post about Frost. The season’s first finally moved in on Friday night and we awoke to a mild, but pretty frost. However, Sunday morning rolled around and- much to our shock- so did the first snow of the year. It’s so far only stuck to plants and trees. But […]

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A Royal Wedding Inspiration.

The last of the garden spaces to be completed is sitting out at the south end of the garden. A narrow East-West strip of grass with a significant North-South swale along its Western edge. It is bordered by hedges on its North and South sides. It has a rickety, homemade wattle fence along its West […]

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This won’t be a long post, but I had to share: There was sunshine today! It did not rain! It was not windy! I ACTUALLY GOT TO GET OUT INTO THE GARDEN TO DO STUFF!!!! I planted all of the tulip bulbs, stuck a few items into the Nursery Bed, did a spot of bulb […]

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Tidy Up.

Oh, the Fall Clean Up. Most years I’d be the better part of done with the end-of-season tidying tasks by now. I hate leaving it all to the bitter (both literal and figurative) end- it gives me low-level anxiety and the To Do List is always buzzing through the back of my mind. As it […]

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Bulbs Ahoy!

My Brent & Becky’s order arrived late last week- exactly at the beginning of a mildly-frustrating combination of continuous rain and a weekend away. So, on the dining room table they’ve sat. A silent reminder that I’m way, way behind on my fall tasks in no small part to the blasted weather. The bulbs arrived […]

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It is 72F and rainy today. It is entirely likely that today is the extent of our Indian Summer, which if true, would be wretched. The variation in weather we’ve had has been extreme to say the least. I feel like all I do is post about the weather lately, but this far north, well, […]

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Burlap & Winterburn.

Last winter was atypical in many ways, but the irregular weather didn’t impact the garden too much. The one big difference was the scale of the winterburn on the Yews. In years past it has only ever been a light dusting of brown needles that were quickly brushed aside upon spring’s arrival. This spring, however, […]

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Fall 2018 Bulb Order

In fairness, some of these are for my Mom, but it’ll be another banner year for bulb planting here at Chez Box & Bay. Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ (Cyclamineus type) – to be scattered on the hillside and orchard Narcissus ‘Classic Garden’ (Trumpet type) – to be scattered on the hillside and orchard Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’ – […]

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The Coming Chill.

The weather is taking a significant and protracted turn for the cold and wet. And you’ll notice the overnight low on Friday is a chilly 33F. Its fair to assume the first frost will greet us Saturday morning. With all that in mind, things have kicked into high gear in the interest of safeguarding plants […]

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Autumn Rolls On.

I mean, how can anyone not love Tithonia? They are so fantastic this time of year, blooming strong, bright shocks of orange when everything else is starting to fade. I give them heart eye emojis every time I see them. Swoon! The oranges (all seven!) are coming along so nicely. They are just now starting […]

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The main weather station up in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota) has told me that, as of last night, we’ve received just shy of 5 inches of rain this month. The garden is, for the first time since spring, so very lush and deliciously green. I can’t get over how different it […]

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Sedum Cuttings.

I’ve never had a tremendous amount of luck with taking cuttings. Its certainly something I want to get better at and need to practice more. I do love that Gardener’s World reminds and teaches me how and when to take specific cuttings- its fantastically helpful for a newbie propagator like me. It also reminds me […]

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