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Alliums to the Rescue

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Alliums ride in to rescue my garden every year about this time. The spring rush is over, the tulips, daffs and their ilk are gone by, as are many of the flowering trees and shrubs . The summer show has yet to get underway. There’s a kind of lull…except for the alliums, which from late May into early June raise their flowery orbs high, as if to celebrate their moment in the sun, that singular season when the lowly garlic clan rises to rule the garden. A carefully chosen selection of alliums might brighten the garden for most of the season–I’ve got one–Allium thunbergii  ’Ozawa’–in bloom nearly as late as Thanksgiving, but late spring is when three of my favorites are most welcome. Continue Reading →

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GBDW – Labeling and Record-Keeping Wrap-Up


Clearly, many of us put a good bit of thought and time into keeping track of our plants. Some use various kinds of labels in the garden; others prefer to keep their planting records on paper. Still others use a combination of these options, or have come up with something totally different. We’ve gotten an exciting variety of ideas for garden labeling and record-keeping this month, so let’s get right to the posts.

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Labeling and Record-Keeping

Figuring out how to handle labeling is one of those ever-puzzling aspects of gardening. Do you keep the tags your plants come with, filling your garden with dozens or hundreds of bits of plastic? Do you replace them with something prettier or more creative? Do you tape them into a special garden notebook, so you can keep track of where all of your plants came from, how they perform, and how you take care of them? Or do you simply toss the labels in the trash as soon as you get the plants in the ground? Continue Reading →

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