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Wordless Wednesday-Our Backyard Owl and His Brave Neighbor

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Our Accidental Hanging Dahlia Experiment

It started with a couple of seed heads, lying forgotten on top of the soil in a flower pot in the garage. I’d brought the pot into the garage before a hard freeze last winter, placed it in a corner … Continue reading

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We Seek the Black Krim

It’s our first year planting the heirloom variety tomato, Black Krim. We’re excited! The one pictured is just starting to ripen and we’re curious how long it will be before it develops that lovely deep, dark crimson. We’ve had a … Continue reading

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Daisies, Coneflowers & Bees (Oh, My)

July means the Purple Coneflowers and Daisies are competing for the lavish attention of the bees in our neighborhood. So far it seems the coneflowers are winning. There’s a symphony of bees constantly hovering on and around our stand of Echinacea … Continue reading

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Clematis-Garden Fireworks

Is it strange that I try to think of new places to build garden walls and fences just so I can cover them with clematis? When these beauties are going full tilt they’re as spectacular as a fireworks display. Currently … Continue reading

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Yeah, Radishes! (Part Deux)

So the last of the radishes have been gently tugged from the ground (except for the couple I’ve left to go to seed.) We had a pretty good crop this spring; I’ve finally learned to be ruthless about thinning…the only … Continue reading

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Our Oakleaf Hydrangea Is Having Babies!

We love our oakleaf hydrangea. At our last home, we had them everywhere. They are indestructible, beautiful, interesting in every season, and did I mention indestructible? Our current plant was a baby propagated from the mama plant (more on that … Continue reading

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Roses + Compost = Wow!

Last fall we found the time to add quite a bit of compost to the the flower bed where our New Dawn climbing rose lives (as well as an Oak Leaf Hydrangea and our Peony.) The results have been spectacular: … Continue reading

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Ode to Homegrown Tomatoes & Tips for Growing Same

Only two things that money can’t buy and that’s True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes. ~Guy Clark. We’re trying a few different varieties of tomato this year including Black Krim and Cherokee Purple. Bringing back many old faves, as well, including … Continue reading

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New Dawn Rose, You Sexy Beast

We planted a New Dawn climbing rose a couple of years ago on the southeast corner of the house and this year it is rewarding us with a spectacular display. I wish I had planned a bit better and installed … Continue reading

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