I spent a good part of the weekend battling a formidble enemy. They look so innocent, even attractive. Neighbors share them freely. They appear on roadsides across the northeast, a happy sign of summer. The orange daylily. A friend gave me some from her garden who knows how many years ago. And somehow they have […]
Or perhaps, rain showers may bring flowers? In either case, we had six full days of rain, but the sun has now won. Everything is suddenly green.
Happy May Day! Here’s a glimpse of the baskets I created for my pals with the purchases at the plant sale, plus the addition of some strawberry plants. It wouldn’t be May Day without strawberries! Everyone seemed to have a good time and kudos to my friends who brought crafts and creative projects along for […]
We’re members of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, which hosts an annual plant sale that offers an impressive array of annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees. Usually held in early May, one of the benefits of being a member is the opportunity to attend the member’s-only preview, and get the first crack at the good stuff! The sale […]
With a minimum amount of work and maintenance, Fall bulb planting can have a big payoff come Spring. Aside from the time choosing the varieties to plant, the actual prep and planting is very quick (see my November 7, 2015 post). There is nearly no maintenance involved come Spring, aside from removing the yellowed stems […]
The pulmonaria are emerging. Hard working, they’re great for the shade. And, after they bloom, their spotted leaves add interest in a shady border. If they get a little ragged in the heat of mid-summer, I simply cut back any dead leaves or shear it back a bit, and new growth appears. The Shishigarshira maple (acer […]
Look what appeared this weekend – Chionodoxa, or Glory of the Snow. And the daffs continue to emerge.
Our mild weather continues. With sunny, 60-degree weather, yesterday was a great day for garden cleanup. The hellebores (also known as Lenten Rose) are now blooming. Crocuses have made an appearance. The first of the daffodils are blooming, while other varieties of narcissus are still making their way out of the soil. Toad lily (erythonium) […]
Spring is approaching. Now March is nearly upon us. It was a fairly warm winter, except for the blip of a substantial blizzard that has since melted away. The earliest plants, such as snowdrops and hellebores, have begun to make an appearance. Early daffodils, and even some of my tulips, have begun to peek out […]