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Again, the passionflowers

By Dave
My Garden

I must plant another passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata). I see others that ramble luxuriously, which mine once did, but in recent years it appears reluctantly only in late July, and of course this is too late for it to amount to much. Often, I find it difficult to diagnose reasons that a long established plant…

Brigg’s Moonlight

By Dave
My Garden

I am undecided how to start with a ‘Brigg’s Moonlight’ daphne delivered in this first week of August. I am delighted that the daphne and assorted others in three and four inch pots survived their cross country journey in summer heat with no apparent trauma. This delivery was six weeks earlier than intended, a glitch…

The hard parts

By Dave
My Garden

Admittedly, stone paths that wind through the garden are shabby, due somewhat to poor construction, but in other parts shallow roots have displaced stones that now wobble if stepped on without proper attention. The faulty construction is no fault but my own, as paths were laid only to avoid dragging soil into the house, of…

Minimal intervention

By Dave
My Garden

For better, or perhaps the worse if you are to take the word of my wife, my attentions are occupied by planting, and thereafter, by leaving the garden to grow as it pleases. Certainly, weeding must be done on occasion, but every other task, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, is done at the bare minimum, or not…

Horticulture on the trail

By Dave
My Garden

This section of the Appalachian Trail is narrow, with seedheads of the native carex (Carex pensylvanica) brushing the hikers’ legs. Arching just above, ferns mingle with wood asters (below), beginning their autumn floral display in early August. Flower buds of the common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana, below) are evident at higher elevations, and several display…

Not quite the same

By Dave
My Garden

The turn of the calendar to August, and flowering of Gordlinia (x Gordlinia grandliflora) remind me of the slow demise of the Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha) that was planted by the garden’s shed on the lower end of the koi pond. Though the cause of death cannot be determined with assurance, I suspect that a…

Begging for it

By Dave
My Garden

Yes, I’ve begged for an end to our fourteen month spell of incessant rainfall, and here it is. Predictably, I’m not so happy now that the ground is parched, but showers are in the forecast, so perhaps this dryness will not persist long enough to cry “drought”. Parts of the garden are dragging in this…

Why this, or that

By Dave
My Garden

Today, I could not identify one of a handful of very similar cultivars of blue flowered hydrangea from another, and not that it matters much, but there is a point in recommending one over the other. In this instance, the confusion is a matter of decades rather than my more typical inattention to detail, and…

Some fools never learn

By Dave
My Garden

Yes, I’m an idiot, but only sometimes, I think, no matter that my wife brings up the subject a bit too often. I’m convinced she knows I’m not a complete fool, but she must remind me of the error of my ways to keep some semblance of order. Still, I must stop driving with her…

A variety of Joe Pyes

By Dave
My Garden

Three somewhat compact selections of Joe Pye weed (‘Little Joe’, ‘Gateway’, and ‘Phantom’) are planted in the damp lower end of the rear garden, with the tall native recently invading into edges of the barely maintained koi pond. The native is first to reach peak bloom, with the others slightly behind to varying degrees, with…

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