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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…

8 Great Plants That Like It Hot!

As the summer heat continues its hold over our area, you may notice some of your spring plantings beginning to wilt, droop, and look sad. Unfortunately, many plants cannot handle the intense heat of our summers. Fortunately, there are many plants that not only tolerate but love the hot weather. Below are eight different plants…

In summer’s heat

By Dave
My Garden

In this third week of July, newspapers and television warn to stay indoors, not so unusual for the season, but advice that must be ignored today. As temperatures climb to one hundred degrees, is the garden at its best? Of course not, but I’ve just returned from two weeks of business travel, and there’s work…

Forgotten over 30 years

By Dave
My Garden

Buried in the garden beneath wide spreading redbuds and various evergreens are a gold tipped cypress and long forgotten hydrangeas, but also native jack-in-the-pulpits (below) that are found on the very occasional clean up in these parts that are hidden from view. I delayed removing a native cherry seedling on the back side of the…

An outsider

By Dave
My Garden

Seedlings are common in this garden. Toad lilies (Tricyrtis) and ferns regularly spread by seed or spore, and others are typically found in close proximity to the parent. Today, I am surprised to see a small flowered Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia, below) growing between two toad lilies and a yellow flowered Baptisia. With no more than…

Redbuds in the mountains

By Dave
My Garden

If I cannot be in the garden, I am happiest hiking on a trail bordered by ferns and trilliums, or bumping through hollows (hollars?) planted with rows of dogwoods and redbuds in the mountains of North Carolina. And here I am, again, for nearly the fortieth year, travelling, evaluating and purchasing plants. A short visit…

Late blooms

By Dave
My Garden

I read from garden acquaintances that Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora, below)  flowered weeks ago in area gardens, but here, in moderate shade it is just beginning. I will be travelling for two weeks, unfortunately with my return just as flowers are fading, I expect. Otherwise, I have no quarrel with the late blooming, which I’ve…

Sensitive fern

By Dave
My Garden

The Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis) is a favorite, particularly since none have been planted, so this native fern that has spread liberally through the garden has not cost me a penny. Sporelings most often appear in small voids, so rarely do any require removal. And, while this contributes to what some would call an untidy…

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