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Giving Thanks for the Garden

I love Thanksgiving. I love its slower pace and less stressful nature. I love its focus on family and friends instead of presents. I love the way it give us pause to consider all for which we are thankful. I am most thankful for my family and friends, of course, but my garden is close… Continue reading Giving Thanks for the Garden

Container Gardening · Garden Musings · Garden Planning · Garden Recycling · Perennials · Pests in the Garden · Shrubs · Water Gardening

Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. The leaves of the hostas have all been cut back, Removing slugs’ blankets and revealing their eggs, So frogs and toads in the garden can enjoy a fall snack. It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. Soil’s been mounded over the bases… Continue reading Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

Perennials

Pulmonaria – Flowers & Foliage for the Shade Garden

I have a fond appreciation for those perennials whose foliage is still attractive in November, even after several hard frosts. Ajuga, coral bells, Epimedium, European ginger, lady’s mantle, lamb’s ear, and Pachysandra are some enduring characters in my landscape, but it was the Pulmonaria that caught my attention the other day while doing some fall… Continue reading Pulmonaria – Flowers & Foliage for the Shade Garden

Bulbs · Container Gardening

Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

A rainy Sunday meant fall clean-up couldn’t continue outside, but it was the perfect time to plant some bulbs indoors to provide some welcome color later this winter. I couldn’t make it through winter without the boisterous blooms of amaryllis. Hippeastrum, as they are botanically named, are easy to grow. So easy and determined to… Continue reading Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

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Overwintering Plants in the Garden

Well, it has happened again. Some plants will not get planted in their permanent homes in the landscape before winter has put an end to the gardening season. I will explain, step by step, how I overwinter these plants in the garden. (My success rate is pretty darn good.) But first, let me introduce you… Continue reading Overwintering Plants in the Garden