Category Archives: Gardening

The Stalwarts

Fierce pansy is no doubt an oxymoron to most. The word pansy, like gay, has been so mowed down by its slang meaning that it can’t be used without evoking sniggering−at least among most American listeners. But take a closer … Continue reading

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Vigil

The lion watches and waits. A joyful knot of blooms surrounds him now, yet he knows what lies just around the corner. Too soon a cold claw will smash such pink frivolity to the ground. Too soon this battered protector … Continue reading

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In Bud and Bloom

                           Which is more attractive, the bud or the bloom? That is the question I ponder when the Japanese Anemones are beginning to bloom each fall. The buds … Continue reading

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A Fall Point of View

Doesn’t this open gate make you want to come in and take a look? I love garden gates because even the simplest of them creates an air of mystery, and every garden needs intrigue, a way to invite casual viewers … Continue reading

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Bees Knees

Within two miles of my house someone has honey bee hives.  And these bees really like sedum. This sedum is Matrona, but the kind doesn’t seem to matter.  I have Neon, Autumn Joy and several creeping sedums that all have had … Continue reading

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Looking For a Bargain?

  Sometimes in the quest for the new, gardeners rush right past the old reliables and miss a hidden gem. I find these lovely, intricate nasturtium blooms anything but ordinary. Add in their sunny nature and desire to bloom their … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice

If you’re looking for two shrubs with highly contrasting foliage and blooms, it would seem they don’t get much more opposite than a Smokebush (cotinus coggygria) and a hydrangea. (This one is Twist ‘n’ Shout.) Yet a closer look reveals … Continue reading

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The Mature Garden

Anything added to a mature garden has to serve more than one purpose because there just isn’t enough space left for features or plants that can’t do double duty. This year, for example, I added this large Tuscan pot that I’m currently using as a water feature. It … Continue reading

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Digitalis Revisionist?

This lovely foxglove is one of the new breed of digitalis that is touted as having upward-facing blooms instead of the usual droopy ones. I need to give the plants a bit more time, but to my suspicious eye, these … Continue reading

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Got It!

In this pairing of a white coneflower and a scented daylily, I do get the color right. Not matchy-matchy, but rather each bloom enriching the other so that the whole is greater than the parts. Not that I felt the … Continue reading

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