Spring’s among my favorite time of year; I’ve been snow bound for months, and love the longer days and warmer temperatures, plus I know that some of my favorite spring bulbs are going to be showing their colors. Yay! In case you’re just thinking bulbs for spring, let me give you a short list of other things you just might want to try:
- Shrubs – Quince (awesome red), forsythia (I go wild for that cheery yellow), Japanese witch hazel (scented and cool flowers), lilac, ornamental cherry and apricot, magnolia
- Perennials – Columbines, bleeding hearts, Welsh poppy, primrose, trillium
- Bulbs (of course) – Wood anemone, crocus, crown imperial, narcissus
- Trees – Try the Sycamore tree this year for a bit of nostalgia.
I read an article the other day, about the garden’s of a woman who focused on four season gardening, making sure there’s year round interest. Her beds were absolutely beautiful, and at first I found myself thinking, “Wow, I wish I could have that”, but I know myself well enough, winter is my down time; to reflect over the previous year, pour over seed catalogues and their great pictures, shovel snow instead of weed. One important thing to consider when planning your garden is how you want to use it, and when you’re going to be around to care for it. While spring, summer and fall are the times I’m most interested in gardening, I have a friend who spends most of his free time in the summer at his cottage up north. My recommendation to him: Don’t garden for the summer, you’re not going to be around to enjoy the show anyway, be a two to three season gardener instead. Next week, on being a spring gardener.
Now that my garden is coming to a close for the fall, I’m finding myself turn to the kitchen more, puttering around the stove while I contemplate what I’d like to add to my vegetable garden next year so that I can enjoy more of it this time of year. For some reason when the days get shorter I’m even more . . . → Read More: My Little Buttercup
Finally Frost Day has arrived!! I’ve been eagerly awaiting it for the last couple of weeks, a little bit envious of some of the colder areas of the country. I know it came because I awoke to a garden filled with shrivelled up foliage, signaling the end of a fantastic garden year. Over the last couple of weeks . . . → Read More: Feast for a Frost Day Celebration
My end of season daylily blooms illustrate why I like Stella D’oro as much as I do. Stella’s been around for 35 years, and remains popular for its long bloom cycles. The thing I noticed the with my latest blooms is that they have a very different appearance from my summer blooms. Overall they’re smaller and have . . . → Read More: Mysteries of the Stella D’oro
Enjoying one of the warmest Octobers in a long time, I’m pleased with some of the gems at bloom in my garden.
Still blooming Portulaca, I love how different it looks every year
Toad Lilies my end of season splurge for the year
This Knockout Rose is the only surviving one of three. . . . → Read More: October Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day
Disguised to protect the innocent, photographic evidence that you may be being overcharged by your grocer. $15 for a 3 oz package of leaf lettuce and it’s not even organic!
If you’re committed to eating healthier, but worried that you won’t be able to without breaking your budget, cheer up! Spring crops are great candidates for fall planting . . . → Read More: Proof That Your Greengrocer May Be Ripping You Off