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Woodland Anemone

June 11th, 2019

I’ve been looking for good groundcovers for shady areas. As I tour local gardens, I’ve been noticing things that look like they will be perfect, but not take over the garden and be difficult to manage. Last year I spotted a lovely woodland anemone (called Snowdrop Windflower) with white blooms. It was covering a very large woodland edge area in a garden I visited.

I posted a photo of it on my Instagram stories a week or two ago when I cut some of the blossoms to bring indoors. The blooms are still hanging on in a vase, which is quite amazing. After 10 days they’re just starting to droop a bit.

So far this plant is proving to be a worthwhile companion in the shady garden border. It came through winter with lots of grace (hardy to zone 2), started growing early in spring, and have been blooming profusely for a while. It doesn’t get scraggly later in the summer, which is a bonus for an early blooming plant. I think this is going to be a great partner in the garden in years to come. I’ll keep watching it to make sure it doesn’t spread too vigorously, though I doubt it will.

Do you have any great shady border ground covers to recommend?

After the Rain

June 4th, 2019

Ten days ago we had a rain storm move through during the afternoon. When the rainm moved through the sun came out, meaning there was a rainbow somewhere to be seen….



It was right in front the house. This was probalby one of the brightest rainbows I’ve seen, with a very faint second one above it.

Here Come the Apples

June 3rd, 2019

This past week the apple trees started blooming. Our long……wet……spring seems to have been just what the flowering trees needed, especially the apples. Last year there were no apples, none, not a one. That’s not uncomming for apple trees, many produce every other year. These trees will produce each year if the conditions are good, usually one year is a great harvest the second slightly smaller. It’s hard to say what made them not produce last year, most likely three years of drought and windy days during bloom window.


The good thing is that we made lots of cider the year before, so we still had some in the freezer. For the most part, these old (over 100 years old) trees produce cider apples. There are a few varieties that are good for making sauce, drying, and eating, but we typically make lots of cider and freeze it in gallong jugs to enjoy all winter long.

Do you grow fruit? How are the trees doing this year?

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