Winter Bloom

I often wonder why I suffer through 7-ish months of coddling tender plants that don’t give me fruit. The constant watering, mealy bugs, spider mites. Stinky fish emulsion and fertilizers. Yes, the citrus & fig get all that too but at least there are oranges at the end. And I’ll tell you what, those oranges […]

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Wins and Losses: 2019 Edition

I always like to do a round up of what did and didn’t work after the season is done. Partly because I have a tiny bit of hope that it is useful to someone else, but mostly because if I don’t write this stuff down somewhere, it’ll be lost to the void. (And because this […]

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Seeds Ahoy!

Much to my delight the seed catalogs have started comingĀ  in hot and heavy. Fedco Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek and High Mowing Organics have already arrived and I’m like a kid in a candy store. The bonus to these catalogs coming before the holidays is that my memory of both this past year’s […]

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2019 Gift Guide

This one will be a bit shorter than last year’s (especially considering I did two! Here and Here). I’ll confess that there aren’t a ton new items that are really tripping my trigger, so I’m sticking to basics that will suit a myriad of gardeners of any level. Onward! Gardener’s Supply Galvanized Seed Starting Tray […]

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Potager Plans

The most recent iteration of the Potager was more successful than the last, but only just barely. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the veg portion of it didn’t do a thing (other than the chives and green onions) because BUNNIES. And the floral aspect was found to be a bit wanting […]

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Holiday Helpers, 2019 Edition

I don’t know about your holiday extravaganzas, but for us celebrations are going to start hot and heavy in a few weeks with Thanksgiving and roll straight on into the New Year. We are lucky enough to be able to host most of the celebrations- which, yes, is a decent amount of work, but it […]

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Ramping up for Winter

Despite the oddly rainy and generally chilly September and October, we only just had our first hard (as in everything is completely covered in it) frost last week. And of course now snow is in the forecast multiple times this week. It ought to be just a dusting, but there’s no denying now we’re in […]

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A Foul Weather Blogger?

Hello Friends! As the temperatures start to dip (which reminds me to go out and cover the citrus and fig trees, the jasmine and bougainvillea as the low tonight is in the upper 30sF), the skies get grayer and the foliage gets more and more colorful I feel the urge to blog again. Perhaps I’m […]

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Trying Something New.

Dear Readers- I’m such a bad blogger. I suspect its not just because it is summer and there are more pressing things to do than write blog posts. Its because there’s something about this medium feels more like a drag/effort (which it absolutely should not be, talking about ones own garden should always be fun!) […]

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Unexpected Bonuses.

Its been a fun process watching this Spring Bloom unfold in its naturally unnatural way. The tulips have finally faded, though there are a few hold out daffodils. The rest of the garden is moving forward flush with Irises, Salvia, Lupines, Heuchera, Geraniums, and Baptisia. The Wiegela are now blooming as the Lilacs have finally […]

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Of Walls and Exasperation.

Retaining walls suck. I mean, yes, they serve a purpose and all, yadda, yadda,yadda. But they are ugly and fail with an unreasonable frequency and are HELLA expensive. Ugly things that fail shouldn’t be expensive. Amirite? Our ugly and failing retaining wall has been pushed to the front burner since a rogue neighbor dog (dogs?) […]

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A Traffic Jam of Blooms.

The weather here has been oscillating between a cooler-than-normal Spring and full on Summer. As one can imagine, its causing a bit of a jumbled response in the garden. The current actors (flowers) sharing the stage together are as follows: Lilac Iris Anemone Tulips Daffodils Ajuga Crabapple Apple Geum Lupine Coral Bells (Heuchera) Wiegelia Geranium […]

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We’ve been away and have just returned- hence the blog silence. We were privileged to be invited to attend the United States Naval Academy graduation for one of Rich’s former cadets. It was a beautiful week in Gettysburg, PA and Annapolis, MD. Lovely warm sunshine, everything was so green and flowering! Gettysburg was surprisingly wild […]

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Ahead of the Curve.

Have you heard? Stachys ‘Hummelo’ is this year’s Perennial of the Year. Who knew? (And who votes on these things? – Apparently its the Perennial Plant Association!?) I’m feeling quite pleased with myself as 2 years ago at an end-of-season sale I snagged two overgrown but sad plants for something like $4.00 total and brought […]

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Sandy Soil

I know a post all about sandy soil isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but I was listening to an episode of Garden Question Time where an audience member was lamenting moving somewhere with sandy soil. The panel recommended augmenting the soil with plenty of organic matter and adding raised beds for veggies. I certainly […]

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It’s been A WEEK.

Y’all. Its been such a week. First I had to tell my most amazing co-workers ever that I accepted a job at a different hospital (still in the same area). It is a move that makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and for a lot of people, but it was a […]

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The Grass is Always Greener.

Amirite? I’ve been re-watching last year’s Gardener’s World episodes on BritBox and they often show garden features in the early episodes. As always there’s only so much Monty can do in his garden and its low season for many of the larger, famous gardens. So they use footage from previous shoots and show you an […]

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I’m loathe to sound like I’m bragging, but we didn’t get a scant whiff of that snow they were predicting. Not even rain! My parents down near Milwaukee got a few inches, but we got off with just a blustery and damp day. In the garden things are really ramping up despite the occasional light […]

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