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Fireworks

[caption id="attachment_7393" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Fireworks similar to those of Inauguration night-sic.gov[/caption] I’ve been breathing again. Wednesday was a glorious day for our country and the fireworks at the end of the evening were spectacular. I’ve never been a great fireworks…

Yellow Will Make You Smile

The song “Home, Home on the Range” has a line: “The skies are not cloudy all day”. It epitomizes what we think is the weather in the West. Seems to me that the person who wrote those lyrics must have…

Old Favorites, New Cultivars

December 17, 2020 Uncategorized

Talk to any gardener about the stalwart perennials and each one will have different favorites. The stalwarts are usually those that are long-lived, have few if any disease or insect problems, and are long-blooming. [caption id="attachment_7355" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Rudbeckia subtomentosa…

The Holiday Bookshelf – The Modern Cottage Garden

[caption id="attachment_7349" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Remainder of crabapple (planted in 1924) after sawing off as much of large branch as possible that was covering the front walk[/caption] Oh my goodness! Who could have imagined a foot of heavy snow on December…

The Holiday Bookshelf 2020 Edition, Part 2

I know Thanksgiving is approaching and time will be short but I want to continue with my suggestions for holiday gift giving and reading. The authors of the book below are concerned with the environment but believe that gardeners can…

The Holiday Bookshelf 2020 Edition, Part 1

Holidays are usually a joyful time but this year, our holidays are fraught with indecision, fear, and sadness: Indecision and fear – is it safe to gather? Sadness for those who have died and won’t be with us. As we…

Spring Bulbs – What the Deer Won’t Eat

October 9, 2020 Deer, Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_7318" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Anemone blanda 'White Splendour', Tulipa 'Heart's Delight'[/caption] Why am I writing now about bulbs that bloom in the Spring? Because it’s not too late to plant. In fact, now is the ideal time for bulbs to root.…