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We have had wonderful weather this summer. The upper Midwest (zone 4b) received ample, well-spaced rains, with no extended heat waves. And these Cimicifuga blooms are just one of the delightful results. Ample water is clearly a factor in the … Continue reading
Martagon lilies are a wonderful addition to any dappled shade garden. The bulbs are expensive, but when they are well-sited, martagons naturalize slowly but well. This is the Martagon ‘Claude Shride’ viewed up close in a shaft of sunlight at our … Continue reading
In Fall 2013, I planted a large section of Princess Irene tulips in the bed in front of our living room windows. I don’t think Princess Irene are known for their ability to return year over year. So I was … Continue reading
It’s easy to dismiss the quiet wonder of spring, the shy unrolling of a fern frond or a thickly bunched rose leaf bursting from a hard brown stem. Hidden among the dead brown of winter’s remains, the jeweled chalice of … Continue reading
I only wanted three limes. But I was shopping at Costco. They had bags of thirty juicy limes. Citrus fruit keeps well, of course, but past experience has shown me that doesn’t mean indefinitely. I was therefore forced to innovate.And … Continue reading