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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Forging Ahead.

This is the forecast for the weekend: Ugh. Another 8-12″ of snow? Y’all. I cannot with this. Yes, we live in Wisconsin. No, these Spring snows aren’t abnormal. Yes, I am pouting. No, you can’t tell me to Buck Up. Since Wednesday and today were reasonably nice (for this year, anyway) I decided to go […]

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Treading Water.

Not to grouse about the weather once again, but it was 11 F overnight and there is still a reasonably thick blanket of snow over everything but the driveway. It is cold. It is windy. It is only sometimes this sunny. Its also April for sobbing out loud. Its depressing as hell y’all. In any […]

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It looks the same as the last one, but its different. Why? Because this one has more snow. And OF COURSE I’ve got a shipment of a half dozen apple trees due for delivery on Friday. When the low will be 7 F (-14 C). All this snow will still be here, the ground still […]

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April Fool’s.

Oh I’d love to tell you all this is an April Fool’s joke, but alas, there are no jokes, only snow. 6 inches to be exact, with another 6 on the way by Tuesday. And to make matters worse, the overnight temp fell to 9 F, which is like, -13 C? Not even the radiator-style […]

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Gardens on your Television.

Here’s my list of awesome garden & gardening shows to search out on YouTube or whatever other perfectly legal method you have for watching non-United Sates based television. (I’m not going to provide links since there are a number of ways to find these shows and YouTube channels come and go so quickly.) I’ve watched […]

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Purging the Plastics: Trays

Last week, I sorted out a whole bunch of options for starting seeds that don’t involve plastic. But those soil cubes and compostable pots have to sit somewhere and, for most of us, that is a flimsy plastic tray built only to keep the water in and not much more. They certainly aren’t built to […]

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