Lilactree Farm Garden Notes, Postscript, 2016

– Posted in: Lilactree Farm

‘The fool remembers only misfortunes and past errors...nothing can take away gratitude for past blessings.’ Rudolph Borchardt, The Passionate Gardener. Every fall, as I sit down to write these final Notes of the year, I am convinced that this gardening year was unique, that it resembled no other and that it was, simultaneously, much like [...]

Garden Gifts to Hint For

– Posted in: Book reviews, Things I Love

I'm not going to pretend that you have a dozen gardeners in your life that you need to get gifts for. We all know these "gift guides" are to help your non-gardening loved ones know what to get you, and since they're not gardeners they're not reading this blog, are they? So you need to [...]

What’s Missing From This Picture?

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

What's missing from this picture are the autumn crocuses. They should be blooming now. No, I don't mean colchicums--they're done. (And they're not crocuses!!) I mean bona-fide crocuses that bloom in the fall. Crocus speciosus, to be precise. I planted more than one hundred of them four years ago, and for the last three years [...]

How To Spot An Alien

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

Native plants, those that are naturally occurring in your garden's locale, are adapted to your climate. They won't leaf out while there's still a chance they'll be harmed by cold weather, and they drop their leaves when it's clear wintery cold is returning. Alien plants came from Somewhere Else--whether by your hand or uninvited--and don't [...]

Digging Deep: Book Review and Giveaway

– Posted in: Book reviews

I planted my first garden by the book. Actually, I consulted several books, obsessing over plant heights, color palettes, bloom times and more over the winter as I designed and redesigned my garden on paper. I wanted to do it "right": prepare the soil right, choose the plants right, arrange them right, plant them right, [...]

Autumn Blooms: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2016

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Autumn blooms come in three categories: fall-only bloomers, "summer" annuals, and rebloomers. Because of this, September usually has more blooming plants than August. When you combine fall-bloomers, late-bloomers, and rebloomers in one bed, it hardly looks like the fall garden is waning. With thoughtful planning and cooperative weather, September can be a floriferous month. What's [...]

Meadow Knapweed: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

Do you remember when I waded through botanical terminology to identify my wild rose? Well, I've been at it again. Earlier this week, a pretty lilac-blue flower along the side of the road caught my eye, and I wanted to know what it was. It was pretty enough to be a garden plant, but I [...]