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Once a nuisance, always …

Featured Blog: Dave

Wascally wabbits

Once a nuisance, always …

By Dave
My Garden

The Golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata, below) is officially off the short list of the garden’s least favored plants. Sufficient ground is now covered within the radius of its seed drop so that there are few of the annoying seedlings that once grew by the thousands. I don’t expect golden rain will ever become a…

Wascally wabbits

By Dave
My Garden

No matter how I resist, I curse rabbits that inflict increasing damage upon new plantings in the garden. My inattention to caring for tender newcomers is a challenge, but a newly planted sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) has been nibbled in half, twice, with the damaged stem left behind. I understand damage by hungry wildlife, but this…

Right place

By Dave
My Garden

I am pleased that the Seven Son tree (Heptacodium miconioides ‘Temple of Bloom’, below) planted a year ago has grown vigorously, but most importantly it is now developing flower buds for its August bloom. After a large Seven Son was lost in a summer storm several years ago I was determined to plant another, so…

A glorious weekend

By Dave
My Garden

With fresh memories of stifling heat and humidity, this weekend has been an absolute joy. Forecasts days earlier promised cooler temperatures, but Virginians know that mid seventies can be joined by high humidity to be much less comfortable. Stepping outdoors early Saturday morning I could hardly believe the cool breeze. I hesitate to say cold…

Another, and another

By Dave
My Garden

Undeniably, I’m an addict. The first step towards a cure must be admitting the problem, but I’ll proudly fess up and continue planting with no hope for rehabilitation. Knowing that I will not stop, my wife suggests planting on the neighbor’s property, but still I can find plenty of places to plant in the garden,…

No flowers in the Moonlight

By Dave
My Garden

I don’t recall when the ‘Moonlight’ Japanese hydrangea vine (Hydrangea hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’, recently in the genus Schizophragma but helpfully changed to Hydrangea, below) was planted, but not in the recent past. Newly planted hydrangea vines often do not flower for several years, and whatever the timing a year ago was the first time it flowered….

Home again

By Dave
My Garden

The trip to Washington and Oregon was a joy, but as always following a week away I’m happy to be home. The past week I’ve hiked mountains, visited gardens and seen more nursery plants than most will see in a lifetime, but I’m thankful to be back home and in the garden. Yes, there are…

Heading west

By Dave
My Garden

With a full time work schedule, hours of labor spent keeping weeds from taking over the garden, and frequent hikes in the nearby Blue Ridge mountains it is difficult to arrange visits to the many local public and private gardens that I enjoy so much. When I can get out, I’m inspired by all, which…

And then it’s June

By Dave
My Garden

Today feels like summer, and while cooler temperatures are forecast, it will not be long before summer heat returns for a longer stay. Spring has slipped by too quickly with too many chilly and damp weekends, and now it is ninety degrees. The wet spring weather, however, has suited the garden perfectly. Today, there are…

Dogwood under a dogwood

By Dave
My Garden

The variegated leaf ‘Samaritan’ dogwood (below) grows tall and upright, similar to the shrubby ‘Wolf Eyes’ nearby in foliage and flower except one is upright growing and tall and the other spreading and short. Unfortunately, with few low hanging branches the view of the tall ‘Samaritan’ is best from above, from our bedroom window looking…

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