Monday, February 16, 2015

Plant Card, Helleborus Foetidus

First in a series of plant cards, feel free to download and collect. Click on photo to enlarge and right click to choose save.
A early spring favorite  in the semi-shade garden, I usually start looking for the first signs of buds in the middle of  February. This year the whole garden is covered in three feet of snow, with more snow on the way.  I am not planning on a early spring. This common hellebore is very hardy and needs little care once it is established, so I am hopeful that by April I may see some blooms. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Angel, the Garden Cat


 Angel decided to live with us after her owner got a new dog. She refused to  cross the doorstep of her old home after such a betrayal. and set out to find a new home, A home without dogs. Despite all efforts to send her back, it was decided by all parties that she would live with us. For the past three years she has reigned as queen of our gardens and homes. A cat that knows what she wants and set out to get it, no matter what anyone else had to say.
In the above photo she is perched on top of the pergola, where she can see everything in her kingdom, and to make sure there are NO dogs anywhere in her world.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Painting the Garden

If I have extra money to spend on the gardens I look at my plant dream list and head out to shop.
So, sometimes I have to come up with some thrifty ways to solve other problems.
A few small cans of paint is easy on the budget and can do wonders for color problems in the garden. My rule is when in doubt, paint it. There is now a paint for every surface, even plastic. Before you go out to buy paint, check your basement and garage first. If you are like me, you probably have enough paint and brushes to do any number of projects.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hosta gardens

I guess every gardener is a plant collector in a way. I do have a collection of fruit trees that I love, but I have never tried collecting all of one kind of plant before, until suddenly I started expanding my hosta collection. and here is the photo that got me started.
The photo came from The American Hosta Society a wonderful place to visit, it has everything you need, to learn about growing hosta. Stop by their web site but be careful, it will make a collector out of you.