Clematis

Companion Plants Growing roses without growing clematis is almost a crime. They are supposed to be great companions for one another.  It's not the term I normally use but this is what I read in gardening books and websites.  I can confirm this information as accurate having now grown a few kinds of clematis with... Continue Reading →

Roses This Spring: Rugosa

Looking Great Until The Rain Came The weather started nicely for roses this year...cool and dry with little rain.  Our early bloomer roses formed buds profusely and they're in the middle of their first round exhibition of colors and scents.  Then the rain came.  A nonstop deluge for a day and a half.  There are still some... Continue Reading →

Clematis Montana

Blooms But Once A Year And It's Worth It It's that time of year again: A time of colors and scents.  The unintended Clematis Montana (Clematis Montana var Rubens) proves itself of worthy for any garden again even though it blooms only once a year.  I can hardly see it's leaves this spring.  The pool... Continue Reading →

Primrose

Tough Little Plants When spring weather has not stabilized and frost is not yet out of the picture, not many plants are well equipped to deal with left-over extremes.  Primrose (Primula) is one of the early spring flowers that can deal with a wider than normal range of temperatures.  Recently the temperatures locally have been... Continue Reading →

Weighing Priority

Weighing Priority: To Blog Or Not To Blog Spring is finally here, though a little too cold for April.  There are plenty of things to do in the garden and most of them are time sensitive.   Cleaning up dead stalks, feeding, pruning, training, mulching, starting the seedlings...they all need to be done at certain... 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 →

Garden in Snow

Quiet Morning Snow fell again last night, not as much as when blizzard 'Nemo' blew over a few days ago.  That night I came home to see a foot of snow on the ground as well as the patio (under the roof).  Last night was peaceful and quite a beautiful night, beautiful enough to make... Continue Reading →

Sign Of Life

Wonders of Nature Waiting for spring to come seems like forever.  I should have be used to it by now, roughly three months of cold, wet weather with snow on the ground or freezing rain before I can garden outside again.  But, it’s never been that easy. When plant and seed catalogs start to fill... Continue Reading →

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