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Live Long and Prosper

March 14th, 2012

Spring insinuates itself little by little into the winter and into our awareness, almost like a dye put drop by drop into a glass of water, hardly coloring it at all first, but eventually, by steady additions, changing its appearance and even its very nature.

Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd in Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill

Mr Chiots and moved into this house 10 years ago, in February of 2002. That first spring I purchased four primroses at the grocery store checkout that were marked 50% off. They were the first things planted by me in the gardens of Chiot’s Run. I wasn’t a gardner then and can’t remember why I chose to plant them where I did. The next spring two of them came back and bloomed, then the third year I was down to one.

Amazingly, this little primrose is still thriving in the garden. I can always count on it to be one of the first signs of spring in the garden and one of the last flowers to bloom in the fall. If we pack up and move, this little primrose will definitely come with along to our new home. I don’t know if it will survive, but I’m sure going to try.

What’s the longest living plant in your garden?

The Everblooming Primrose

July 12th, 2011

This primrose was one of the first plants I planted in the garden, a few months after we moved in over nine years ago. I saw a basket of primroses on clearance at the grocery store, bought them, brought them home, and planted them in the garden. Most of them didn’t make it through the first winter, except for this one. It’s generally the first thing to bloom in the spring, usually while there’s still snow around. It will also bloom again in the fall and the flowers will hang on until the first snowfall. So it’s usually one of the last plants blooming in my garden as well.

This spring I moved it because it was being shaded out by a ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. Ever since it was replanted it’s been blooming – all summer long – which is kind of strange. I hope it isn’t wasting all of it’s energy and will still survive the winter as I’d hate to lose it.

Do you have any plants that have surprised you this year?

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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.

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