What’s New In The Front Garden?

Changes in the garden accelerate as we reach mid-summer. Every few days seems to bring something new. Let’s take an overview of the state of the Front Garden.

Blue Days In The Garden

June is a month for blue flowers. High summer is a time for reds, oranges, and (especially) yellows. But the transition to summer is a quieter time, notable for blues and whites. Let’s look at some of the blue flowers currently blooming,… Read More

Peonies And Fringe Trees

So I’ve got good Peony news and bad Peony news. I only got Peonies to begin with because Judy wanted some. But now I do like to having a few Peonies around.

The Fleeting Pleasure of Poppies

The Poppies put on a nice show this year, the third season since they were planted. These are orange poppies, double-flowered. My friend Linc gave them to me. I do not know the variety or even the species, so I just refer… Read More

Back And Sides

Most of the horticultural drama around here is in the front garden. But we shouldn’t forget that on either side of the house there are narrow strips within our property lines. And then there’s the back garden. Let’s take a look at… Read More

Spring Onions and Geraniums Gone Wild

These days if you walk by our house the first thing to strike your eye will be the ‘Globemaster’ Alliums blooming in the Parkway Bed.

Hey! Breeder! Leave Those Plants Alone!

I realize I’ve ranted on this topic recently, and I don’t mean to be tiresome. but I find it impossible to shut up on the topic of silly cultivars. If this means I am turning into a crotchety old man, so be… Read More

Favorite Flowers of 2017

It’s New Year’s Day, and I’m sitting on our back porch looking out on the garden, which is in a state of deep freeze. Now seems like a good time to think about the flowers that made me happiest over the year… Read More

In Winter A Gardener’s Fancy Turns To Ordering Plants

  There’s a lot less to do in the garden these days, so I’m thinking more about what I’ll be planting in the spring. I would say these thoughts are about plants that fall into two categories. First, there are plants that… Read More

Tammy’s Garden Oasis in the Suburbs

On the last day of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling, we visited the garden of Fling organizer extraordinaire Tammy Schmitt, author of the blog Casa Mariposa.