Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lessons in design

In the years since I started gardening, I have read probably hundreds of books on gardening.  I have devoured books on perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, and garden design.  I have read ad nauseum about planting for summer-long bloom by … Continue reading

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Garden whimsy

As someone who never takes much in life terribly seriously, I love a bit of whimsy in the garden.  The Harry Potter garden, the Star Wars irises in the bird bath garden. . . my list goes on.  I also … Continue reading

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By any other name

Do you name your gardens?  Personally, I’ve always thought it seems sort affected, like naming your house.  (I apologize if your house has a name.  No offense.) But our gardens always end up having names, simply because we have so … Continue reading

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A good partner

Trevor and I started gardening together—our first garden was a small vegetable patch we carved out of the back yard because we both really wanted to try canning salsa.  Our gardening experiment then grew by leaps and bounds until it … Continue reading

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Lilies, part deux

I knew I would have to post more about lilies, because I have so many and some of the really stunning ones are now blooming. I really should keep better track of the names of these guys—I have no idea … Continue reading

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Beginner’s blunder

My daylilies are beginning to bloom—I have quite a few different kinds, so they bloom for a few weeks or more.   Some I ordered online, some I picked up at local garden centers—most of them I got from Oakes Daylilies, … Continue reading

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Taking time

Do you find, as I do, that the summer seems to slip away too fast every year? I suppose that’s just human nature—the times you really look forward to always go too quickly.  But this year I feel it more … Continue reading

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Catalog shopping

I got the new van Bourgondien catalog in the mail last week.  I get a ton of plant and bulb catalogs—I’ve ordered from many with variable results. But I have been happy with the things I’ve ordered from van Bourgondien … Continue reading

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Pea picking

Saturday I actually got some yard work accomplished—not really as much as I was hoping, because it was quite warm and I am basically lazy. I don’t really like to sweat. But after about an hour we’d gotten the minimum … Continue reading

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Lilies, part one

I used that title because I know I will have to do another lilies post, when my “late” lilies are blooming—I have a couple that are just stunning. But for now, the very earliest have been done for a couple … Continue reading

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