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Still Hanging On

November 6th, 2010

After the cold weather and the frosts we’ve been having lately (it was snowing last night when we went to bed), there’s not much left in the garden. I’m pleasantly suprised by the nicotiana that self-seeded in my front flowerbed. It’s still going strong despite the cold.

I thought it was a tender plant, but I guess it’s not as tender as I thought. The pollinators are truly happy that it’s still blooming as well since not much else is.

My mom had some red lettuce this summer that survived some really hot weather without bolting. I always enjoy it when a plant thrives when you don’t think it will or when it withstands things you don’t think it will.

Do you have anything that has surprised you this year in your climate despite heat or cold?

Here’s what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

Beauty in the Garden

July 14th, 2010

It seems like every week something new catches my eye in the garden, a new combination of plants, or perhaps the way a few plants are working together as they mature. Often it’s the free-seeding plants that tend to plant themselves in the most wonderful places. Nature does a wonderful job of coming up with some beautiful combos. This week I’m really loving the way my liatris and nicotiana look together.

Both of these plants are volunteers, meaning they seeded themselves down in this location, I did not plant them here. Neither were planted here originally or together on purpose. You’d never know it though the way they work together. The funny thing is that the nicotiana seeded itself around my gardens and everywhere it comes up in different shades that perfectly coordinate with the plants around it.

I noticed that the pollinators are loving this combo of plants as much as I am. The bees and butterflies love the liatris and the hummingbirds really like the nicotiana. They’re always abuzz with activity.

I love volunteer plants, especially ones like this that aren’t really invasive and are easy to remove when they crop up in unwanted locations.

What are you loving in your garden at the moment?

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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.