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When plants become a collection

'Mrs. N. Thompson' clematis

Creating a garden starts out as an innocent pursuit. You just want a pretty patch of flower or vegetables that flows and looks beautiful at least three seasons out of four. But there is that one plant that outshines the others. It outperforms them by looking great or by being the big, bold bright spot […]

Falling for a great performer

  One of the new plants in the garden this year that has really thrilled me is heucherella ‘Redstone Falls.’ I got three of these through the Yahoo Co-op as plugs and they are all over a foot wide now. The coloring in their part-sun location is a gorgeous combination of terra-cotta, orange, yellow, green […]

Moving Day

There are so many garden chores that escaped me earlier this season since I was busy basically redoing our entire backyard (including this path and these walls) so one of the many things that needed attending to was some plant moving. Sadly it seems like the worst of the heat is behind us (90 degrees? […]

The back side: What a difference!

I inadvertently took all off last week off from blogging but in a second you’ll see what I’ve been up to. I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on the back yard (which is really the side yard but for whatever reason we call it the back yard). And it wasn’t until after work yesterday when […]

What's happening now

This headline should really read “What WAS happening a few days ago.” Blogger was down for much of the end of the week so I couldn’t post this, but I hope you enjoy it now. Sorry for the delay. Sometimes I feel like everything I write on this blog is old news because my zone […]

The flower that wouldn't be stopped

Four gorgeous flowers on this ‘Red Peacock’ amaryllis. Zoom out a little and you see the bulb did this all on her own. It’s still in the paper bag it came in! For several years I’ve purchased amaryllis bulbs from the yahoo plant co-op I’m a member of, potted them up and given them away […]

First plant delivery of spring!

I received my first shipment from the Yahoo plant buying co-op I’m a member of on Monday. I love it when a box full of plants comes. Because many of the co-ops are sold long before their shipping dates, I often forget what I ordered. It’s like Christmas when I open up those little baby […]