Stressed Out Plants

Summers like these have to end sometime. May I present our forecast for the next five days: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 99° F | 74° F 37° C | 23° C 99° F | 76° F 37° C | 24° C 97° F | 74° F 36° C...

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GTS and Sunday Stroll: A Time For Every Purpose

The comment on my sidebar about writing in the garden is true. I don’t take my laptop outside, but while I’m working, cutting back, deadheading, and weeding, I think. It’s a writer’s truth that when we do the most mundane jobs like those in the Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy...

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Compost: The Dirty Underbelly of Gardening

In continuance of my pledge to keep it real, and influenced by Margaret at A Way to Garden and Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening, I’m showing you my garden’s soft underbelly. It isn’t all blooms and ripe tomatoes here. There’s also compost, leaf mold and other rotting stuff. Not...

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Bugged by Insects and Other Garden Wildlife?

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy. – Emily Dickinson All gardens are full of insects and other wildlife. Most of them go about their business with little thought to humans. Butterflies roam from flower to flower, and caterpillars feast...

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Four seasons of beauty: ‘Annabelle’

On this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I’m going to focus on one plant: my ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea arborescens. Until I met ‘Annabelle,’ I didn’t have much luck with hydrangeas. Their performance was just so-so. We have extremely hot summers, and even in the shade, my hydrangeas often sulked. Once again,...

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Summers Like These

Warm southern breezes touched by the sun. Just enough rainfall to make the perennial border sing with color; the vegetables abundant and crisp; and the Bermuda grass still green in July. Dragonflies and butterflies zip and swirl in an acrobatic dance above the flowers, while their plant eating cousins...

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Before and After

The alternative title could be “How I Got Poison Ivy from Hell.” Our log cabin rests on the east side of a gentle hill. HH originally built it that way to take advantage of the lakeside views from our French doors. It also has something to do with keeping...

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