Blooming in Maryland

In celebration of June's Garden Blogger Bloom Day I'm showing off my favorite new thing – vegetables festooned with petunias and other blooming-like-crazy annuals.  These petunias are called Panache 'Tickled Pink' and Hort Couture sent them to me to try, along with the sweet potato vine 'Blackie' you see there and lots more.  Click here […]

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Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Tulips—surreal and otherwise

Enjoy them while they last. I wish everything could be like bulbs. Last month I dragged a bunch of big pots out of my garage; this month they’re providing a bright ribbon of color around the otherwise immature green of my back garden. In the front yard, the combination...

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Posted by on May 16, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

Flower therapy

What a disgusting winter. And when I say this I am including all the atrocities and catastrophes we have seen occurring across the world—some of them as I write this. It has been disturbing and depressing inside and out for months. Though a couple minor snow events will likely...

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 at 4:53 am   This post has 16 responses.

This is only half

The rest were given away as holiday gifts—I think I originally had about 200 hyacinths in pots and glasses, as well as 50 or so tazettas. The tulips are still in the root cellar. I am told that one pot of hyacinths I gave away before Christmas is already...

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Posted by on January 16, 2011 at 7:01 am   This post has 8 responses.

My husband wants to start a vegetable garden

Always looking for answers … So? That’s what many of you reading this will be thinking, as well as “why not?” and “everybody should have a vegetable garden!” And “why is this a big deal?” And, maybe, “what’s wrong with her?” But you don’t understand. This is very much...

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 32 responses.

November Bloom Day Reports

Maryland gardens hang on well into November, so I've got a couple of Bloom Day Reports for ya -  here on my blog and here on the Homestead Gardens' blog.  And thanks again to Carol for making us see the beauty all year long, on the 15th of every...

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Blooming in May

On my blog I've posted some May-blooming beauties from my garden, including this Spiderwort that apparently isn't universally admired.  Happy Gardenblogger Bloom Day to everyone but especially to Carol – because May IS officially her month.

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Posted by on May 15, 2010 at 3:41 am   This post has 4 responses.

Tulips en Masse

My belated Gardenblogger Bloom Day pics are a tip of the hat to tulips – and public gardens.  This one's the glorious Brookside Gardens.  Want more?   Here's 4 scenes from my 4/11 visit.

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Posted by on April 18, 2010 at 5:30 am   This post has 7 responses.

GBBD, just for the record

It seems worth acknowledging that garden bloggers throughout the colder zones are saying that many of their plants are at least a week ahead of schedule. Checking my archives on both Rant and my own blog, I see that I had nothing except hellebores and some amaryllis inside; everything...

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Posted by on April 16, 2010 at 4:40 am   This post has 5 responses.

A snowdrop is a snowdrop is a snowdrop. Or is it?

According to Anna Pavord, there are as many as 150 different kinds of snowdrops. I’ll take her word. She only includes 14 or so in her new book, Bulb, and admits that to ordinary gardeners (like me) the differences between the various types are minimal at best. Indeed. Until...

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

For Bloom Day, Heather and Lavender -
and some Serious Bashing of Cut Roses

Okay, we’re just going to mush this month’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day together with Valentine’s Day, okay?  Only one day off~!  And yesterday I happened upon these lovely offerings at my favorite indie garden center – a heather on the left and a lavender on the right.  Both look...

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Posted by on February 15, 2010 at 4:46 am   This post has 26 responses.

For Bloom Day, River Birches and Architecture

Okay, nothing's blooming here.  But even a deciduous tree can be stunning in the winter – especially if it's this one, and especially if the Air and Space Museum is in the background.  This urban garden stopped me in my tracks, despite the cold. There's another view of this...

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Posted by on January 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Belated Bloom Day from Mexico

I spent Bloom Day in Mexico, staying with some friends who bought a house there.  (Note to self:  must cultivate more friends who own homes in exotic locations.)  We were in La Penita de Jaltemba, a little town on the Pacific coast about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta,...

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Posted by on November 18, 2009 at 4:34 am   This post has 10 responses.

For Bloom Day, Nothing Beats the Knockout

They're not the top-selling plant in the U.S. for nothing – still blooming strong on November 15 and displaying perfect, disease-free foliage.  The top photo shows a nice mass of reds in my neighborhood, and here's one lone pink Knockout in my front garden. And below, going rogue on...

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Posted by on November 15, 2009 at 5:22 am   This post has 11 responses.

A day late and all that

If you'd really like to read my (belated) Bloom Day whinings about the crappy weather and how bulb planting is the only thing stopping me from drinking one of the 10 bottles of FreezePruf I have received, you can check it out here. Seriously though, what the hell happened...

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Posted by on October 16, 2009 at 6:29 am   This post has 11 responses.

It’s also Garden Blogger Bloom Day

So here's my favorite shot from my garden right now, same as last year.  It's the super-common Sedum 'Autumn Joy' with Callicarpa (beautyberry), over a bed of Sedum acre in my hell strip.

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Posted by on October 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Splish splash

 Here’s a Bloom Day surprise that’s been two-and-a half-years in the making, proving that the sleep/creep/leap theory is just as true for water plants as it is for other perennials. I’d just about given up on this miniature water lily, which for three summers has put up 3-5 leaves...

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Posted by on September 15, 2009 at 4:42 am   This post has 18 responses.

August is bustin’ out all over

Forget about June. June sucked. And so, for the most part, did July, in terms of the sun required to kick blooms into action. But now we truly have some sultry weather and these flowers are loving it. I’ve posted about rudbeckia "Herbstsonne" (top) here. Last year they were just about finished...

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Posted by on August 15, 2009 at 11:33 am   This post has 10 responses.

Blooming today, the Tardiva hydrangea

I'm a big fan of Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva' – it's right up there with the oakleaf.  This one's pruned to be almost espaliered, wide but close up against the English laurel hedge.  So in this tight-fit border I can still walk along the middle, passing between the Tardiva and...

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Posted by on August 15, 2009 at 5:50 am   This post has 5 responses.

On views

  The author of that frightful bit of doggerel that has somewhere in it “a poem as lovely as a tree,” did touch on one of the truths of nature. The view of the skies above or the water ahead is as simple and satisfying in terms of beauty...

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Posted by on July 15, 2009 at 5:30 am   This post has 6 responses.
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