Category Archives: Gardening

More Glorious Grasses

Strangely, this rosy grass is actually called Little Bluestem,”The Blues.”  The stems of this cultivar are bluish during the growing season but now have turned shades of rose and pink that glow on a sunny day like today. One of … Continue reading

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Staying Power

Although November is here, my boulevard beds retain most of their late summer beauty. The messy blond tussocks of Prairie Dropseed grab the drab fall light and don’t let go. I love the elegantly gaunt silhouette of the blackened coneflowers … Continue reading

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Queen of the Slipstream . . .

How much time do you spend in dreams? Too much according to stern teachers, worried parents, or most of the self-help crowd constantly urging us to act, to do something productive that can be seen or counted. Pay attention.  Stop … Continue reading

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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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