Six Plants I Can’t Live Without

Steve Bender from the Grumpy Gardener issued the challenge, and I accepted the gauntlet where it lay. Which six plants in my garden could I not live without? That’s a very tough question.  I’ve pondered it for several days and thrown some of my original choices onto the mental...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners Week Eight

As a reminder for everyone already reading our letters, and as an explanation for those who haven’t previously, Carol from May Dreams Gardens (Zone 5), Mary Ann from Idaho Gardener (Zone 6) and I so love books like  Dear Friend and Gardener and The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange...

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The sweetest things in life are free

This morning, I chaperoned a field trip, and one of the other moms, Julie H., handed me a sack. Inside were pumpkin seeds, four different kinds, including a blue one, which she said was her favorite last year.  She couldn’t remember all the names, but her face lit up...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week Seven

Dear Carol and Mary Ann, My letter is a tad late this week.  This Red Dirt family had much too much going on over the weekend.  The Diva was confirmed and had a school function yesterday.  This week, ASW and Bear have field trips.  Such is the busy life...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Container Madness

Thanks to our friend, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, all garden bloggers have a once-a-month chance to show off what’s blooming in our gardens.  Carol was inspired by Elizabeth Lawrence (one of my favorite garden writers), when Miss Lawrence wrote that “e can have flowers nearly every month of...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners Week Six

Dear Carol and Mary Ann, I’m a bit late with my letter this evening.  We had an Easter soiree with thirty members of our family at my house today.  Also, thunderstorms flashing with lightning blasted through the state last night, and my Internet connection was down all day.  I...

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Which Roses Best Weathered the Late Freeze?

Today, my garden is a test garden.  Every since last week’s late freeze, our temps have been up and down with no moisture except what little irrigation I’ve provided. These conditions created an interesting environment.  This is observation only, and I’m no scientist.  However, every morning since the freeze,...

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