Crazy ’bout coleus

After last week’s beautiful summer foliage post, I promised you another entry devoted entirely to coleus. I’m crazy ’bout coleus, and I think you will be too when you consider all the summer gardening possibilities. As I’ve written before, tropical plants are a summer garden’s best friend. That’s not to say I don’t like flowers….

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, June 2014

One the great gifts of Carol Michel’s long-running meme, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, is the chronicling of one’s own garden throughout the years. I’ve participated most months since May 15, 2008, when I wrote about my David Austin roses. Since I’ve done this for so many seasons, I find some things never change. The roses bloom April and…

Fall garden eye candy

My fall flower garden which is full of eye candy right now. I’ll pretty much let the photos tell the story. At least I’ll try. The roses are back in bloom. I gave them a shearing in September–later and different strategy these last few years because of the heat and drought. It’s taking a chance…

Followup Foliage, I got some

I’m a day late, but I wanted to join in on Pam’s Foliage Followup to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Foliage is an important element in spring garden design.  Before many flowers bloom, foliage is strutting its stuff by emerging and glowing in the sideways slant of April sunlight; unless, of course, it is raining like…

Read any good books lately?

I have, and if you follow me on GoodReads.com, you might have already read my mini-reviews of these two books, but, in case you missed them . . . . Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of Sharon Lovejoy’s work.  For the past twenty years, I’ve read everything she’s written, smiled at…

The sun will come out tomorrow

Well, according to Annie anyway.  Most of January and now, halfway through February, Fog is our constant companion.  His sisters, Gray Clouds and Snow are also frequent guests.  If a body were going to have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this would be the year.  Note:  if you’re feeling bluer than usual, sitting beneath a full…