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Summer of 2017 – Epic Fail

Well, I guess not "Epic" fail.  But the summer of 2017 has been one of neglect for my garden.  Now, not everyone will identify with this post, but I'm hoping some of you may be able to garner some encouragement and sense of camaraderie from me.  If your garden still looks pristine, read no further. To be fair, since the first of May I have been to California twice for one week each time, to Florida, to Honduras, to Seattle,…

Abelia is summer’s champion!

It's not your grandmother's Abelia anymore.  I have seen the varieties of Abelia explode during the last six years, and what a great thing!  And what a summer star it is!  I have three varieties in my garden, there are lots more out there. Abelia used to be difficult to incorporate into a suburban garden because it just got too big.  It would grow to over ten feet tall and wide.  It's leaves were lack-luster.  But new varieties have changed…

Daylilies are So Cool!

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are great bangs for the buck.  There is no way any southern garden should be without them!  The genus is hemerocallis - and daylilies come in all sizes, shapes and colors.  You cannot beat them for easy growing.  They tolerate any type of soil, will sit all day in the full sun or not.  They'll grow in clay, sand, wet soil or dry soil.  Daylilies will survive and bloom even in the worst dry, rocky soil. USDA indcates…

Brilliant!

I've been thinking about that word, "Brilliant".  It is used, of course, by our friends across the pond regularly, but by Americans, not so much.  Yet it is such a great gardening word! My Kousa Dogwood tree is brilliant today.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, they bloom now rather than in early spring.  Their flowers, like all dogwoods, are actually bracts and are held up on a short stem about 1/2 - 1" tall.  The…

Spring Peep Show

Spring is just a really great peep show!  Things keep sprouting up and creating wonderful surprises all through my garden.  I hope you enjoy the tour! Here is my mixed border.  The foxglove is spectacular.  I've been working on my foxglove drift for about five years. It finally reseeds itself and look what came up this year.  Behind the foxglove you can see the border featured in the second photo.  Rose Campion is new, and I love the fuscia flowers!…

Warming Up! Time for annuals!

Yesterday I put out my annuals that must wait for warmer soil to be successful.  Those were dahlias; tomatoes and caladium.  These annuals do better if the soil is warmer when they are planted.  It doesn't seem logical, but these guys don't prefer a "head start".  They never catch up if planted in soil that is too cool from the get go. Caladiums, as I've already mentioned in another post, are one of my favorite ways to add a punch…

Spring is here!

For flower aficionados such as myself, there is no such thing as too much color in the garden. I love color. And I love them all, pastels and primaries; everything mixed with white (which is a color, too!) Now is the time to get them in the ground. Yes, I love my perennials, but they each have a bloom time that is not all summer long. Only annuals can provide intense, reliable color all summer long. I’d like to tell…

My personal piece of heaven

  Here is a picture of my garden view from my back porch.  I am blessed!  From this view I can see how things have filled out and there is nearly no brown space between plants visible.  My crape myrtles do not bloom as prolifically as they should because they get shade from about 3 pm on.  But they are a vibrant red.  This is near the end of the season.  I have tried to incorporate lots of different leaf…