There is a comfort in seeing plants bloom when you expect them to bloom. You sense the rhythm of the seasons that is one of the pleasures of gardening. But if the garden were totally predictable it would get a little boring. That's why even though my garden is supposedly full, I continue to add new plants, even if it means taking out others. Read on to see the plants that are either new to me this year or just hitting their stride this August.
Almost exactly a year ago, I visited Lilactree Farm, the home and garden of Brian Bixley. In 2014, I would have considered this visit quite improbable. I am not a frequent traveler nor an adventurous driver. The only trips I take are ones where all the planning is done for you and all you have [...]
Spring ephemerals typically bloom in May here. We have many growing at our new home that didn't grow wild at our old home, plus there are many that I acquired through purchase or trade while at the old house that I brought over with me.Here are a few of my favorites.Bluets grew in the lawn [...]
This past May I shared with you how excited I was to find Jack-in-the-pulpits growing on our new land. I thought you'd like to see what one Jack looks like when it goes to seed: According to William Cullina in Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers, every Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) has both [...]
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) is a native plant that has entranced me since childhood, probably since I was first introduced to it on a Girl Scout camping trip. In my previous post about wildflowers I showed the Jack pictured below. Soon after I took that photo, that particular plant was laid low by hard freeze, and [...]
It is getting to be peak wildflower season in my part of the country, a couple of weeks ahead of the usual time. I took a walk in my new neighborhood, and this is what I saw.This is growing on our property, along the path I am making by the big brook.This is growing on [...]
I hate the plants that can survive a cold winter but can't take a hard spring frost. It is so aggravating! The problem is they emerge too early from dormancy for their own good. I'm talking about: 'Endless Summer' hydrangea. It will get through a USDA Zone 4 winter but break into leaf long before [...]
Spring has finally arrived at Purdville. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost some of my photo gallery features when I switched to this new design. You can click on each thumbnail for a larger image, but then you have to use your browser's Back button to get back to the thumbnails. Also blooming: Creeping phlox [...]