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April 3rd, 2018

I noticed these snowdrops blooming a few weeks ago before the two nor’easters hit. I meant to get a photo one day, they next they were buried under two feet of snow. I’ve been patiently waiting for them to be uncovered.

Snowdrops are wonderful, not just because they are beautiful little flowers, but because they bloom so early in the year. They are the first things to appear and show signs of life in my northern garden. I definitely have plans to get more varieties of these beauties to add for late winter interest.

What’s the first thing to bloom in your garden?

Sunny Forsythia

May 10th, 2016

Even though forsythia doesn’t produce nectar or pollen, I still enjoy seeing it’s sunny face in the garden during these early spring days. I’m sure it still provides habitat in some way, most likely in the thicket of stems and branches.
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I’ve been contemplating adding a long hedge of forsythia along our driveway. We need something like it and I could propagate the entire hedge for free from the one bush we have. My parents have a huge forsythia hedge and it’s amazing most years. Every 10 years or so they cut it back to the ground and it is a little stunned for a few years, but the 5-7 years after the trimming it’s always a showstopper!

Do you have a forsythia in your garden? What’s your favorite early blooming shrub?

Spring Blooms

June 10th, 2014

I didn’t bring very many of my flowering plants to Maine with me.  There was the boxwood hedge that made it in and a few of my hydrangeas.  I did manage to get a few of my ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint, which is one of my favorite perennials.
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The rest of these lovelies were all here when I arrived. With the exception of the rock geranium and bleeding heart, they are all new flowers for me. I had a purple columbine in my garden in Ohio but it was not like the one blooming here. I thought it would be nice to give you a glimpse of the color I’m seeing in my garden right now.
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I’m not sure if I have a favorite yet, I’m still watching these plants to see what they are like throughout the seasons.

What’s blooming in your garden this week?

Quote of the Day: Robert Burns

April 6th, 2014

“The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.”

Robert Burns

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I almost missed these lovelies last week because I was so busy sugaring. So thankful to see a little bloom in the garden. I also have Johnny Jumpups blooming in the back potager – I think spring has finally arrived!

What’s blooming in your garden?

Hello Johnny

May 23rd, 2013

As I’ve been working in the potager behind the house, I’ve been finding Johnny Jump Ups everywhere.  I started digging them and using them edge the beds in the potager, figuring them bring some much needed color.  Not only that, they’re edible beauties, I can pick the blossoms and add them to salads.
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Lucky me, I ended up with enough of these beauties to line the inside and outside of the main circle in my potager.  I can’t wait for them to fill in and start blooming more profusely.
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I love flowers that self sow readily, at least for the most part.  Things like nicotiana, forget-me-nots and  anise hyssop.  I don’t know if I have found any self sowing flowers that I don’t like yet.

Do you have any flowers self-sow in the garden?  Do you love them or hate them?  

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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.