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Fall Beauties

September 17th, 2018

Even though the nights are getting crips (it was 39 one morning last week), there are still things blooming in the garden. ‘The Fairy’ rose is a favorite of mine, it blooms all summer long. I had a few of these in my Ohio garden as well.

The snapdragons are still blooming like crazy, it’s so nice to have a few annuals for cutting and color in the garden.

The hibiscus are blooming beautifully, as is this lovely anemone I added this spring. I’ll share photos of those tomorrow, as I got a new camera and am still figuring out all the settings for downloading the images.

What are you enjoying in the garden right now? Have you had a frost yet?

Early June in the Garden

June 9th, 2016

It seems like overnight the garden goes from hibernation to exuberance. I’m continually amazed by the rate of growth in the potager and in the woods. Every day I notice new color in the garden and flowers start to bloom. The lilacs, irises, and wildflowers are starting to fade, making way for the peonies, foxgloves, and hydrangeas.
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Pink and purple are the dominate colors in my garden, I also have a few white and green flowers in the mix. This is my preferred color range, I’m not a huge fan of yellow, orange, or red flowers, they seem a bit to bracing for me.

What’s blooming in your garden?

The Last Hurrah

October 27th, 2015

Last week when I was mowing, I spotted a few dandelions blooming in the lawn. I also noticed a few daisies blooming here and there as well. Yesterday I cut one final arrangement from the garden, there are still fairy roses, alyssum, hollyhocks and few other plants with a few remaining blooms.
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It’s the last hurrah of the flowers for the year. I’m always reminded this time of year that I need to add witch hazels and other winter interest plants. I’m actually working on an area by the driveway that will be dedicated to plants with winter interest. I’ll be referencing The Winter Garden, which is a fantastic book. In fact, I’ll probably pulling it out this week.

Are there any blooms left in your garden?

Blooms Galore

May 26th, 2015

This time of year it seems the world outside my windows explode with blooms. The apple trees in the garden is in full bloom, the one right in front of the house is spectacular.
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I love standing under it, the tree is literally buzzing with pollinators of all shapes and sizes. Birds of all colors are also attracted to its branches as well, I’ve seen seven or eight different varieties of birds this past weekend. In fact there’s an Indigo Bunting that has called it his home, he serenades me in the wee hours of the morning and all throughout the day with his lovely song.
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As I’ve been driving around this past week I’ve been noticing other apple and crabapple trees. I definitely need to add more flowering trees to the garden. The are wonderful for insects and for our feathered friends. I’ll be researching the best kinds of crabapples for this purpose.
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There’s only a short window of time to enjoy this beauty, so you can bet I’ll be out front sitting under the apple tree enjoying the petals falling from it like rain as often as I can.

Do you have any fruit trees or other blooming trees in your garden? What blooms are you enjoying in your garden this week?

Winter Bloom

December 23rd, 2014

Both of my small ‘Hedgehog’ aloes are blooming. The flowers are rather insignificant, but quite lovely in their simplicity. I love that they come this time of year when the garden outside my window is devoid of color.
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This particular plant lives on my beside table. It’s nice to know that it not only brings beauty to my room, but it also cleans the air as well.
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These two plants were pups from the big aloes that I had on my front porch back in Ohio. They’re spectacular plants when grown in large containers. I left one for my neighbor, it lives in her living room now. Mine came to Maine and I harvested pups the first winter because I didn’t have space for the giant pot.
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The photo above was when I first planted them. When we finally moved they were about twice as big and they were stunning! I really love the structure of the aloe plants, the shape of the leaves, the fleshiness , and the thorns. They are very artistic in their form.
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It will take a few more years, but these little beauties will once again become large spotlight plants in my garden. By then hopefully I’ll have a better space for overwintering large tender plants. Until then, they’ll live with minimal fertilizer and water to keep them growing as slowly as possible.

Do you grow any succulents indoors during the winter?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.