• Fall

    The garden on November 1st

    by  • November 1, 2011 • Fall, Garden

    Looking to the south

    Two paths and a patio, November First Views Good Morning! As the sun comes up , I walk around the garden getting my first view of it this November 1st morning. I start by walking out the door to the patio in back.  (When you live in the country, you never know which is the front or the back...

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    Of fog and rain

    by  • December 18, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles, Weather

    “An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog. The fog slowly flows uphill. White cobwebs, the grass leaning where deer have looked for apples. The woods from brook to where the top of the hill looks over the fog, send up not one bird. So absolute, it is no other than...

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    Camellia ‘Yuletide’ Christmas

    by  • December 13, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Happy Holidays, everyone! Since my ‘Yuletide’ Camellia, usually on the patio, is in full bloom, we decided to put it inside for our Christmas tree. With lights wrapped around the base and just a few silvery ornaments, it looks as festive as any tree we’ve had! Will watch it to make sure it does OK inside. ...

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    Mysteries in the mulch

    by  • December 13, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Huge Western Giant Puffball 6 inches around, a Calvatia booniana

    Get down… Get down low…and see the mysteries that may be in your mulch and layer of leaf liter under the trees.. The ground is wet and I’m careful where I walk, so not to, literally, slip on the slopes. The mountain above my garden commands attention, frosted in snow or shrouded with cloud,...

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    Best Fall bloomers: Mexican marigold

    by  • November 22, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Mexican Marigold Tagetes lemmonii closeup

    Introducing you to… Mexican marigold or Tagetes lemmonii… Lemmon’s Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy or Mexican Bush Daisy, you can call this flower any of those, but I like to say “Tagetes lemmonii”. I like the sound of it. I say TA-je-tees  lem-MO-ni-I. I found this little gem at our local native and Mediterranean plant nursery,...

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    ‘Dragon’s Blood’ and first snow

    by  • November 21, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Yesterday, Saturday OK, I see it now. After several years of growing Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, I have only seen a bit of the flowers, which are supposed to give this plant its name. I’ve seen other folk’s examples showing the flowers, so I know it’s possible…until then, this Fall, I can now see...

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    An Explosion of Asters

    by  • October 21, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Their colors are so intense, majestic, it is a privilege to be out among the asters and goldenrods and drying weeds under a hard autumn sky.                                                              Robert Morgan 1970 In notes, after seeing the first blooms of some New England asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, in my garden 3 years ago, I say, simply, ” Get more...

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    Morning Stars

    by  • October 19, 2010 • Fall

    On these late October mornings when even a late riser gets up in the dark, make time to go outside and let the stars see you. We’re all part of the same wide universe here on earth. How can any challenges you may have stand up to that? If you are still a child,...

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