Next Year

– Posted in: Garden chores, Wishlist

This unprepossessing site is--Lord willing--where I hope to plant one or more rose bushes next year. It is in the Birthday Garden, which is sandwiched between the house and the driveway. You can see a bit of the tunic flower from the last post in the bottom right corner. The little brown buttons in the [...]

Cold Climate Roses

– Posted in: Recommended Links, Wishlist

Thanks to Kent Swanson of Organic Rose Gardening, I discovered a whole site devoted to the rose hybridizing work of Griffith Buck. Dr. Buck developed roses that were pretty hardy (definitely to Zone 5, and often to Zone 4) and disease resistant. I thought he bred them for fragrance, as well, but I wasn't sure [...]

Garden Fantasies

– Posted in: Wishlist

Maybe it was Chan's recent Taste Test. Or maybe it's the fact that I should be writing the grocery list. (I always get my best ideas when I'm supposed to be doing something else, don't you?) Anyway, I just came up with a list of garden-related dreams/fantasies that have been banging around my head for [...]

A Time to Dream

– Posted in: Wishlist

Well, it's that time of year again. It's time to decide what will be bought for the coming spring. It is time to decide what will be done in this year. Really, this is the very worst time of year to be making plans. Winter in these climes keeps a person trapped inside for so [...]

Seed Lust

– Posted in: Wishlist

My brain has been taken over by gardening catalogs. I am ashamed to say how much time I have spent looking and figuring. I usually scorn cook's garden because of the Park's connection, but I want the Borlotto Pole Beans and the Erbetta.

Heads Up

– Posted in: Wishlist

Just in case you're too busy enjoying summer, I'd like to point out to you that many fall bulb catalogs have deadlines coming up. If you order before the deadline, you get a discount that, while not stupendous, might offset some, or all, of the shipping cost for you. Odyssey Bulbs and Brent and Becky's [...]

Ah, June!

– Posted in: Plant info, What's up/blooming, Wishlist

We have been having plentiful rain, which after so many dry years feels like luxury. And the plants do look luxurious, weeds included, of course. I have been enjoying the spectacular flowers of June. First came the Oriental poppies. I have the traditional flaming scarlet ones paired with Campanual glomerata 'Joan Elliot,' a deep, rich [...]

Oooooooh, I’m drooling!

– Posted in: Recommended Links, Wishlist

I've just read about a wonderful hydrangea at the Renegade Gardener website. I've recommended Don Engebretson's site before, and I'm glad to do it again. His description of Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' convinced me that I've just got to have one. Too bad it won't be available nationally till next year. Well, that just gives [...]