Too Cold To Be Outside

A Good Time For Planning: Flowers For Pollinators I Snow came down two days ago accumulating just three inches.  Today the garden is still covered with snow and the temperature dropped down to just above 10°F.  It's a perfect winter day for bird watching through the patio door.  Since the ground is covered with snow and the sources... Continue Reading →

King Tut Sweet Pea

Worth the Name The news announcing the cause of King Tutankhamun's death was published recently.   The new evidence of massive head trauma and multiple broken ribs fit a pattern consistent with falling out of and being run over by a chariot.  Presumably his own.  Hearing his name reminded me of a new plant I... Continue Reading →

Before The Frost

Still Standing Fall is officially here, not just the date but temperature and the color of leaves.  The ground is practically covered with leaves and the branches are becoming more bare everyday.  We start grinding up the leaves for mulching and composting when we have days off.  I don't cut back much of anything except... Continue Reading →

Spring

Spring Is Finally Here Came back from vacation with hope to see some green and a little more warmth than when we left, but didn’t expect the temperature to be just like the tropics where we vacationed.   It has been in the 70s in the last couple of days and the plants love it.  There... Continue Reading →

October Garden

Still Some Colors After uneven temperatures and one rainstorm after another, most of the flowers in our garden have just given up or rotted away.   Only a few of them have kept blooming.  As the years pass, more and more we see pounding rainfall in autumn that frequently strips the trees of what should be... Continue Reading →

Bitter Melon

Bitterness Can Be Really Good This year is a great year for Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia).  They cover three quarters of the vegetable garden fence.  The thickness of the leaves and the bright yellow flowers spotted among them look very pleasant.  The sweet scent of the flowers is a plus, especially in the morning when... Continue Reading →

Salvia ‘Black and Blue’

Couldn't Help Myself I grow Salvia in the garden for their color and for the bees.  The ones in the garden are compact with small leaves and either blue or pink in color.  Their colors make up for lack of scent, flower scent.  I can smell them only when I brush against them, then the... Continue Reading →

Growing Moonflower

Moonflower seedlings Though it's still cold and windy outside, it's time to start germinating flowers and vegetables inside and get them ready for planting next month.  Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is one of them.  I have been growing Moonflowers for years.  Both of us love to have fragrant flowers in the garden, merely beautiful flowers just won't... Continue Reading →

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