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Jewel Toned Flower Mix

September 7th, 2016

At the beginning of August, I spent a few days in Vermont with a friend. Last week I posted photos of all of the garden areas at Shelburne Farms, which we really loved. We also went to Shelburne Museum, which we didn’t enjoy as much as the farm. They did have this one jewel toned flower display outside of the one the buildings that was really fantastic.
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Normally, I’m not one for jewel tones, including oranges and reds. This arrangement was great though, it really caught my eye. I think that the main pink color with pops of red, orange, and yellow is what makes it work, the colors aren’t all fighting for the spotlight because one color already has it. I may give this mix a try sometime in a new garden area.

What’s your favorite color combination when it comes to annuals?

Cleaning up the Garden

October 14th, 2009

Yesterday I spent some time in the afternoon cleaning up around the garden. I don’t do a ton of cleaning in the fall, I like to leave the seed heads for the birds. I have some zinnias up front that were very big and in spot that I wanted to plant some perennials.
Since I did not deadhead them this summer they were mostly spent with only a few fresh blossoms on a few of the plants. I cut those blossoms and pulled the rest of the plants. The flowers will be lovely on my kitchen windowsill for the next couple days.
This time of year I’m always clinging to the remainder of summer not wanting winter to arrive. I do love winter when it finally comes, but I find myself reluctant to let go the lushness of the summer with it’s colorful flowers and the warmth of the sun.

What will you miss most about summer?

Green with Envy

October 5th, 2009

I’ve declared my love for all flowers green here before. There’s just something about them that attracts me, perhaps it’s because they’re different. Someday I dream of having an all green garden filled with all flowers green and maybe a few white ones thrown in for good measure.
This year I bought some seeds for ‘Green Envy’ zinnias. I planted a few at my mom’s at the edge of my 3 sisters garden and I planted some out on our front hillside. I love how they glow in the shadows! The zinnias growing on my front hillside are mostly colorful ones: pink, orange, and yellow. I have a few green ones but they’re not as pretty as the ones growing at my mom’s. Must be the soil.
I do love zinnias, they’re wonderful flowers. Mine start to get pretty tall and a little tired looking this time of year. I always think about cutting them back, but I leave them for the bees & butterflies.

Have you ever thought about having a garden in all one color?

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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.