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Flowers and Foliage

Pineapple sage with lantana, 'Blackie' sweet potatoes, chartreuse-leaved nasturtiums, and a late-blooming canna.

Pineapple sage with lantana

Like most gardeners, I spend far too little time simply enjoying my garden and the natural world around it. I’ve followed both Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens, for months now, and have also enjoyed all the fall foliage on the Garden Blogger Fall Foliage Project at The Home Garden. With today’s post, I’m making a grateful nod to both of them, because both inspired me to spend some long-overdue time just observing and appreciating. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Clatter Valley

October fairly well wraps up the season in my garden, but it goes out with a bang! We haven’t had a frost yet–which is odd (but I’m not complaining)-so things are looking mighty festive. Most of what’s happening is thanks to my annuals and tenders, along with a few perennials. Here’s a sampler. Above, we’ve got an eclectic combo with Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’  and Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’. I can never understand why this tall ageratum isn’t more common; the ‘Firetail’ often looks a bit shabby in high summer when Japanese beetles picnic upon it, but by early fall it comes back with a vengeance. For links to more Bloom Day posts, head over to May Dreams Gardens. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2008

'Black Knight' pincushion flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea) with 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' fuchsia and Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon')

I’d thought to start this post with some grumblings about the weather, but compared to what many parts of the U.S. have been facing, we’ve been getting off fairly easily here in southeastern Pennsylvania. So without further chatter, here are some Bloom Day highlights from my own garden, as well as from the plantings I help to care for at Linden Hill Gardens in Ottsville, PA. For links to more Bloom Day posts from all over the globe, be sure to check out the main Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2008

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Bloom Day: A Sampler

Late spring became blazing summer this past week, and temps in the 90s, coupled with a dearth of rain, put an early end to much of the mid-June bloom. But the show goes on, here’s a sampler:  

There’s a kind of faded glory to the going-by blooms of Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ that makes them hard to resist.

Dahlia ‘Garden Princess’ made her debut today. I’ll grow some in my container zoo, a few others are likely to get put in the ground. Continue Reading →

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