Hydrangea

  This has to be the "year of the hydrangea" in my garden.  The blooms on the Annabelles are enormous.  This particular hydrangea hedge grows along the east-facing side of the garage.  It seems to be the ideal location for them...every year is better than the last.       I changed up things a… Continue reading Hydrangea

Peonies…

  In the spring of 2019, I decided to take out the raspberry bushes in my side garden and plant peonies in that spot.  On the opposite side of the walkway was a row of already well-established peonies...this small garden is now called the "Jardin de Pivoine".     The peonies this summer were abundant… Continue reading Peonies…

The Summer Break…

You may have received an unfinished post today.  Sometime over the summer months my blog provider changed its format.  Me being the techie that I am not, I pressed the "Publish" button by mistake.  It is going to take some time...probably a long time to figure out how to write my blog. What I will… Continue reading The Summer Break…

Lilacs…

The name "lilac" (Syringa Vulgaris) comes from the Persian word meaning bluish.  Purple lilacs considered the symbol of first love, are called the queen of shrubs. The photo (left) is part of a series taken by Carla Coulson, a professional photographer who has done a series of similar photos of young women carrying massive bundles… Continue reading Lilacs…

Scissor Hands…

    Some of you will remember the fantasy movie, "Edward Scissorhands" from the early 1990s.  Although this post has nothing to do with the movie, the one thing I remember about the storyline was the whimsical topiaries that Edward created with his scissor hands.     This is the entry to the home of… Continue reading Scissor Hands…

Hedging…your beds…

Hedges, both practical and ornamental have been part of landscapes (around the world) for centuries.  They were originally used to create borders around private property and cultivated fields, to protect from prevailing winds, and then as an integral element in garden design. There are many options for hedging shrubs or trees.  Often what determines what… Continue reading Hedging…your beds…

The Waiting Game…

Experienced gardeners know that Nature works on her own schedule.  Impatient gardeners (like me), think we can manipulate our gardens to run on our timelines, and often we find out the hard way, that we don't possess magical powers.  Waiting for the weather to warm up, the wind to die down, the frosty overnight temperatures… Continue reading The Waiting Game…