Weeds, weeds, weeds.

The good news is that we finally got some cooler weather paired with more rain. The good soaking in kind. The bad news is (as ever) that the weeds are as thrilled with the conditions as the 'real' plants are. The crabgrass is. A. Nightmare. All the other weeds are manageable, but holy crapstacks. WHERE... Continue Reading →

Rain, Helenium & Hollyhocks

RAIN! We finally got rain!!! Rumor has it more will continue to fall through the weekend- and I couldn't be happier about it. It has been hot and dry here, and even my most stalwart of plants are looking wilty and peaked. I've been doing more hand-watering than usual and even that feels like not... Continue Reading →

July Begins.

Honestly. Only July!?! May was so hot that my mind is convinced that it is somehow already August. Alas, there are a further 2 months of these hot, humid, bug-filled days. Please remind me of this come winter when I'm longing for summer. Tis not all its cracked up to be... but the flowers and... Continue Reading →

Sweet Relief!

We are about to venture a wee bit South for a bit to visit family, swim in the lake, and enjoy not having much of anything else to do. I've been much better this year about actually taking vacation time, and I must say, it is all its cracked up to be! The garden has... Continue Reading →

Hack Job.

They call them rejuvination prunings, but there is absolutely nothing rejuvinating (to me) about what I just did to our largest and oldest hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'). She came with the house and is at least 20 years old. She is massive and blooms profusely. She's given us 4 babies from accidental layering and I... Continue Reading →

Stifling Summer Weather.

We've had a recent onslaught of guests and events and some genuinely uncomfortable weather (95F, 80+% humidity- AWFUL), the garden has generally been admired from the windows of the air conditioned house for the past week or so. The guests have gone and the weather has abated a bit so I ventured back out to... Continue Reading →

Other Bugs.

Confession: Before Master Gardener training I was, despite being a Biologist by trade, firmly on the squeamish side regarding anything bug related. I mean, butterflies and ladybugs were A-OK, but anything else? Gross. I can't say that I'm an entomologist or even bug lover now, but I'm not 'afraid' of them, more curious than anything.... Continue Reading →

Peonies!

I will admit to being an unabashed peony lover. I grew up in a household that was not big on gardening or formal flower beds. But, the one thing we did have was boatloads of the deepest, most vibrantly fuchsia peonies you've ever seen. Our partly sunny location at home made me think, for a... Continue Reading →

Project progress.

The week off, despite the heat, was used as intended. To get on the proper side of the garden's to-do list. Not an easy task it turns out! We finally got the main garden properly edged. Gone are the ratty old decking boards held in place with stakes. Now a lovely line of charcoal brick.... Continue Reading →

Hot, Rainy Irises.

The first two 'official' days of my vacation last week were spent sweltering and avoiding the sun. We topped out at 96F. In May. Just lovely (said with ample snark). Then the rains followed. The irises, however, have been delighted with this unseasonably warm, sunny weather and have rewarded us with not only a brash... Continue Reading →

On Gravel Paths.

Sigh. Gravel paths, I cannot quit you even though you are (apparently) a better seed-starting medium than anything that can be bought in a store. I opted for gravel paths at the outset of this garden simply because I knew the paths couldn't be grass (what with all the quack grass running through it, our... Continue Reading →

Spring, Skipped.

Well, its been hovering around 80F for the past week and next week (my much anticipated week off to work in the garden) should be more of the same, with some days reaching 90F. To say that is above average temps is a slight understatement. So we skipped right past Spring and launched headlong into... Continue Reading →

Blooms, Finally!

Anemone 'Honerine Jobert' is happily romping through the garden and I'm always so glad to see it. What happy faces it has! Tulip, 'Double Maureen' planted last year from Brent & Becky's Bulbs all came up and are stunners. Even more exciting, Fritilaria persica, decided it wanted to come up too and I am totally... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Beth Chatto.

I had actually started this post a number of weeks ago, planning to bank it for a future date when topics were low but a blog post full of beautiful pictures would fill the void. With news of her passing, it felt right to push this post to the top of the list. .............. My... Continue Reading →

AWOL with good reason.

Oy! I went and abandoned y'all! I'm assuming you surmised that the weather finally (FINALLY!!!!) got nice enough to get out and actually garden in these parts. Which I did. Muchly. The fruit trees got planted and fenced in. The new Herb Garden site got prepped. The Veg beds got weeded and prepped. The greenhouse... Continue Reading →

Love My Garden, with DJ Kahled.

I saw this over at Garden Rant this morning and am totally delighted by it. Any time anyone with a platform uses it to talk about how awesome gardening is, I can't help but smile. I feel like the Grinch when his heart grows three sizes.   I'm certainly envious of his Miami/LA growing zone... Continue Reading →

Standing By…

I've not posted because I couldn't bear to post anything else with a photo of snow or laden with complaints about the weather. Frankly, snow and complaints are all we've had this week. So, slim pickings... We do appear to be on the brink of a real-deal, long-term warm up so that prospect is lovely.... Continue Reading →

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