Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

I’m generally not a huge fan of yellow flowers, especially the very bright, lemon-yellow kind. However, the petit blossoms of Golden Current have become a much anticipated exception to this each spring.

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Lady of Shalott (Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ or Rosa ‘Ausnyson’)

To say that I like roses would be a bit of an understatement. There are over 30 different varieties of roses currently growing in our garden, and we are always on the lookout for more. I see nothing wrong with this.

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Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)

201r7tufvchgThere is a point each year where my garden looks a little like Monet’s famous garden, and I am clearly quite okay with that!  Each spring I am graced with a spectacular and long lasting display of some of the most beautiful and diverse blooms I have. Continue reading Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

20180517_171126This is probably the least troublesome plant that I have in my garden, as well as the most spectacular.  Not only do people stop and gawk, but the bees are happy to see them, too.

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Freesia (Freesia corymbosa)

20180317_161549Each spring I eagerly await the appearance of my freesias.  Their sweet aroma greets me every time I walk outside and their bright blooms are some of the first spots of color I see.

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Scabiosa (“Pincushion Flower”)

I’m a sucker for old-fashioned looking flowers like the kind you see in a typical English Cottage Garden.  However, England’s climate isn’t all that similar to mine.  In fact, not at all.

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What’s in My Lawn? (Not Grass)

20180802_172310I have spotted my neighbor on many occasions scanning his perfect front lawn and plucking out any offending non-grass plants that dared set root.  That’s not us.

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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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Room for Rent, Cheap!

My usual approach to attracting wildlife to my garden is just to plant things that they would want to come in for.  I’m not into feeders and other things that will become junky clutter after a season or two.

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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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