Of love and late-summer flowers

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about love and late-summer flowers. I’m not sure what brought on these musings, but I think it may have something to do with turning the big double nickel last week. I’m a late-summer flower myself. I’m also helping my mother sell her home and move into independent living, letting…

Ornamental grasses breathe life

Ornamental grasses breathe life into your garden and knit your landscape together blade-by-blade. Let me count the ways. As the wind blows, grasses sway with feathery grace and swishing sound. They provide cover, summer through winter, for pollinators and the small creatures that make your garden sing. Often, they bloom in late summer and early…

August Garden Observations

Remember all that hurrying and scurrying we did from late February to June? Well, the dog days of August are here, and because I don’t have to work so hard, I’ve had time to make a few August garden observations. 1. Weeds never leave. Sure, once things heat up, the spring weeds take a hike,…

Wildflower Wednesday: Chipola River daisy

My excitement over this new-to-my-garden wildflower knows no bounds. Coreopsis integrifolia, Chipola River daisy, a/k/a fringe leaf tickseed and Chipola dyeflower, is very rare, but it has been found from southern South Carolina to north Florida. Its common name hails from the Chipola River that runs through three counties in Florida. I bought my plant from…

Silent summer

As soon as the sun rises, I wander the paths of my garden. Gravel crunches under my sandles. Small green frogs and toads jump above and below plants while earthworms crawl beneath the soil. Winged insects feast upon nectar, pollen and even each other. Creatures climb over vegetables and lie beneath tomatoes as tall as skyscrapers…