This past weekend we went up to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Minneapolis with family. The place is really lovely and free (though donations are appreciated) and such a great place to go with kids and get your steps in. Which we did. BUT. The best part are the bonsai trees. I’m just […]Read More Bonsai Love.
Oh grasses, when you are good- you are so very good! But when you are bad? You are HORRID. Case in point: Good! Beautiful Little Bluestem mixed in with that ‘Arcado Pink’ Hyssop. What isn’t to love? Good: Look how lovely these Big and Little Bluestem play with the willow (not-so Dwarf Arctic Blue) and […]Read More Grasses.
Well, it is officially August which my wee brain can’t quite comprehend. Tonight there is rain, much needed rain, so I have the night off from weeding and grass remediation (post to follow). I figured you all might be getting tired of the Dry Garden overhaul so I’ll pivot over to the Veg Garden. So […]Read More Veg Garden Update
This is easily the ugliest photo I’ve ever posted. But would you just look at how much Anise Hyssop I pulled out of just one area!!! Today was incredibly slow at work and also had the benefit of being 68C and partly cloudy. I took the day off and stayed at home to get this […]Read More Dry Garden Revamp: Getting Stuck In (Part 1)
You will all notice a big change to the overall look of the blog, I’m trying out something new in the hopes that it will be more visual and simple to navigate & read. However!!! I’m 100% open to feedback, if you dear readers aren’t liking it or finding it hard to navigate, PLEASE let […]Read More Minor Update!
Oh, where to start! No sense beating around the bush, let’s get into it: Anise Hyssop. It took over everything and self seeds everywhere. It makes the whole space seem higgeldy piggeldy and unkempt- even when it isn’t- simply by existing in every nook and cranny available. Ohio Spiderwort. This time of year it is […]Read More What Went Wrong: Dry Garden Edition.
Bear with me, this one might be a bit wordy and it will most certainly wind up as a reoccurring subject. The Dry Garden was the first space (other than the Veg garden) that we planned and installed. Its 3 years old this summer and, while it is doing well (mostly), I’m not sure the […]Read More Dry Garden Do Over.
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 […]Read More Weeds, weeds, weeds.
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 […]Read More Rain, Helenium & Hollyhocks
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 […]Read More July Begins.
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 […]Read More Sweet Relief!
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 […]Read More Hack Job.
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 […]Read More Stifling Summer Weather.
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. […]Read More Other Bugs.
Alas, Rose Chafer beetle season is upon us here at the Gardens of Box and Bay. A three to six week onslaught of mating, flying, wriggling masses of bland beetles with a voracious appetite and no known predators. Yay! I see you up there you bad word! We are lucky in that we really only […]Read More The Enemy Returns: Rose Chafer Beetles
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 […]Read More Peonies!
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. […]Read More Project progress.
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 […]Read More Hot, Rainy Irises.
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 […]Read More On Gravel Paths.
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 […]Read More Spring, Skipped.