NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.

 
 
 
 

NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.

 
 
 
 

New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.

 
 
 
 

A Gardening Journal


Castor Aralia

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What makes a plant interesting?  Who doesn't want more of those "interesting" plants in their gardens?  But what IS "interesting"?  For one, something you don't see at all your neighbor's gardens.  Like, say, this spiny-thorned terror.

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Spring is Brutal

     

 

                        

Spring is when gardens finally, well, Spring to life again.  Upward, outward, and onward—except in the case of so many of my own trees and shrubs.  With my help, their Spring direction is downward.  "A little off the top" doesn't begin to describe our little get-together with pruners and loppers and ladders and folding saws.  

 

But it's just this uncompromisingly enthusiastic Spring massacre that will make the garden's July to October peak as big and high and bountiful as it can be.

 

Welcome to a series of Spring prunings.

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Brazen Hussy ranunculus

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Uncommon & Astonishing—and tiny.  And only for a few weeks in Spring, as if a daffodil and a daisy had had a love child who grew up to be gorgeous.

 

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