Columbine Flower (Aquilegia spp.)

20190420_161129Known also as Granny’s Bonnet (because your granny still wears one?), Columbines are a diverse group of perennial flowers that are sought after due to their unique flower shape and the ability to have multi-colored blooms.

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Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

When I watched “The Wizard of Oz” as a kid, I never understood why the poppies in the field Dorothy walked through were all red.  Duh, everyone knows that poppies are orange!!  Right?  Wait…

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Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

I’m a big fan of having a colorful array of flowers in my yard blooming throughout the year.  But without splashes of white to offset all that color, it just tends to run together.  With satiny white petals, and bright and cheery yellow centers, the Shasta Daisy fills that roll of color balance very nicely!

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Caring for Roses Part 1: Pests & Pruning

20171104_150710What’s not to love about roses?  Okay, other than the thorns.  At our peak, the Old Man and I have had over 30 rose plants of various forms in our yard.  We just ripped out a few, but it’s okay, we’re expecting four more to be delivered soon.  We don’t have a problem (twitch twitch).

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Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

20171029_144304I didn’t use to pay much attention to chrysanthemums in my earlier days.  They just seemed so “common place” and were always the cheap plants at the nursery.  But at some point I decided that my garden needed that quintessential splash of color in the fall, so I thought “what the heck”.

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Gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri)

20171105_204727Gaura also goes by bee blossom, wand flower, and whirling butterflies, and if you see it growing you totally understand where these fanciful names come from.  Dainty pink flowers dance on long sprays of thin stems that shoot up from the ground.  The flowers start in early spring and continue on until winter comes.

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