For Bloom Day, Picasa!

Pretty plants here include, left to right, squash, garden phlox, petunias with sweet potato vine, and Hakonechloa Grass over a skirt of epimedium. But for sheer excitement nothing beats discovering a much, much easier way to organize and edit photos than Photoshop Elements ever was or could be for me.  And on top of its […]

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Posted by on July 15, 2009 at 4:00 am   This post has 11 responses.

Once I had a rose garden; now I just have roses

 This is by way of saying that roses are always in the spotlight for the June GBBD, but it is interesting how my use of roses has evolved. Well, it interests me. When we moved into our property, the previous owner had left a walled-in rose garden of one...

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Posted by on June 15, 2009 at 7:54 am   This post has 7 responses.

For Bloom Day, More Massing, and Squash!

Continuing the theme of massing for impact, here's a variation. This time it's massing by plant type AND by bloom time.  At the center and left are two lacecap hydrangeas I'm at a loss to ID by exact name (moved too many times for my recordkeeping to keep up),...

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Posted by on June 15, 2009 at 4:26 am   This post has 14 responses.

GBBD in Buffalo: tulips

If you watch this video you’ll see the tulips I’ve got blooming as of today, as follows: Species: marjoletti (matures from yellow to cream with reddish streaks),clusiana (striped), vvedenskyi (bright orange) Triumph: Negrita, Amazone Single Late: Blushing Lady, Mrs.Scheepers Double: Orange Princess, Yellow Mountain, Black Hero Lily-flowered: West Point...

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Posted by on May 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm   This post has 4 responses.

For Bloom Day, a Video Tour – with Annotations

Here’s a tour of my sunny back garden, and for a tour of the shady woodland garden, click here. Taped with a cheap&easy Flip camera.  Oh, for a better camera and editing software.

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Posted by on May 15, 2009 at 4:27 am   This post has 11 responses.

Hedging bets for GBBD

Though the weather is not exactly frightful, it still ain’t all that delightful, so I am glad I’ve got it going on both outside (above) and in (below). And here you may note the promising results of the “throw ‘em in a big hole” method. See more on GWI.

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Posted by on April 15, 2009 at 10:00 am   This post has Comments Off.

Blooming in Maryland

In observance of Garden Blogger Bloom Day, some lovely pulmonaria in their new home – up close to the house where I can see them. Their foliage is stunning all season.  More on my blog.

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Posted by on April 15, 2009 at 9:19 am   This post has Comments Off.

The first Buds of spring

Feast your eyes on these lovely blooms. I just spotted them or I would have added them to my GBBD post. I think that the porta-potties and the Arby’s sign are essential to the mise en scene.

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Posted by on March 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm   This post has 14 responses.

More forced blooms for GBBD

Happy Ides of March! For a quick and dirty GBBD post, check here

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Posted by on March 15, 2009 at 7:10 am   This post has 5 responses.

For Bloom Day, photos not my own

This photo by Rachel Pasch is SO much better than the one I took of that hellebore in my own garden. Ditto the crocuses shot by Ian Hayhurst. And my favorite daffodil photos are right here.

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Posted by on March 15, 2009 at 5:56 am   This post has 3 responses.

One cow = 120 pounds of manure per day??

Cow Pots, the biodegradable seed-starting pods made from manure, make their appearance in the  New York Times, so I guess they've arrived.  And the story of the dairy-farming Cow Pot-inventing brothers is kinda interesting.  But not as interesting to me as the factoid that cows crap 120 pounds every...

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Posted by on March 1, 2009 at 4:34 am   This post has 20 responses.

The heart of the matter

Valentine’s Day is a long weekend this year: we’re taking a break in the Berkshires to enjoy the scenery and the art. It’s always a good time to talk about flowers. I’m happy with pretty much any floral offering, from my boss’s yearly red rose in a bud vase...

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Posted by on February 15, 2009 at 7:39 am   This post has 2 responses.

Bloom Day: It Isn’t Always Pretty

What looks like this in summer: looks like this in winter: Lovely.

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Posted by on January 15, 2009 at 10:34 am   This post has 14 responses.

Let the understudies step forward

Cyclamen, African violets, and Plectrantus: non-stop bloomers since November Can we have some love for these regularly-scorned indoor players? They’ve been blooming their heads off for months now—and when the Buffalo temps are hitting highs of 5º, I appreciate it. Sure, they always look the same, but they’re always...

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Posted by on January 15, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 2 responses.
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