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Bulbs have been planted

By Dave
My Garden

The spring flowering bulbs have arrived, and once I figured out where they would go (no simple task), they were quickly planted. Planting is the easy part, and all bulbs were small enough to fit into the hole dug by the cordless drill and auger. I’ve hand dug too many holes for bulbs over the…

Before the cold

By Dave
My Garden

Several nights bordering on frost have passed, but it’s likely that milder temperatures will prevail for several weeks until more regular chances for frost and freeze arrive. While a September frost is not unheard of, mid or late October is more typical for our first cold nights. I’m in no hurry. This afternoon, I’m hoping…

Next year

By Dave
My Garden

A few chilly nights have started me thinking about next year. Every time I walk by the Korean Sweetheart tree (Euscaphis japonica, below) I envision next spring when it will almost certainly grow another foot or two, and perhaps I’ll enjoy its first blooms. While today it is hardly taller than the mass of competing…

Scenes before the frost

By Dave
My Garden

Frost is on the way, possibly tonight, but soon. My wife says the weather turned cold a week ago when muggy daytime highs in the eighties and nineties slipped into the seventies, but this is only cool, and thankfully so. Now, the forecast, in this week before summer ends, is for three nights dropping into…

A damp late summer

By Dave
My Garden

In this very wet late summer I have continued to plant enthusiastically, dividing and transplanting from thick clumps in areas that are overpopulated, and ordering ferns and native orchids to plug into every small gap in shaded parts of the garden. This is work that typically is planned (if it’s planned at all) for spring…

Blues and berries

By Dave
My Garden

Berries of several beautyberries (Callicarpa) have turned to purple and white in recent weeks, though the variegated ‘Duet’ and two new introductions are tardy in turning. In contrast to their unremarkable, tiny summer flowers, the berries provide a long and beautiful display. Beautyberries must be planted prominently to properly appreciate their berries, but the shrubs…

Troubles with new plantings

By Dave
My Garden

Dagummit! A newly planted variegated Japanese kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Fubuki-nishiki’) was nibbled by deer the night it was planted a month ago. I could not imagine that a skinny twig with only a few leaves would be worth the bother, but I suppose deer must sample choice morsels whenever they are found. Weeks after being…

Added inspiration

By Dave
My Garden

Not that further inspiration is required, but a weekend on the western slope of Roundhead Mountain, without the distraction of internet, has encouraged  adding to the somewhat recently begun collection of ferns. My mostly shaded garden has included common Autumn, Cinnamon, Ostrich, Tassel, Christmas, Ghost, and Japanese Painted ferns for years, with volunteer Sensitive, Rock…

It’s a weed

By Dave
My Garden

Arguing that bugleweed (Ajuga reptans, below) is not a weed, given its aggressive reputation, can be wasted effort. But, after two prior failed efforts in this garden when bugleweed was improperly sited and neglected early on, several areas now flourish, spreading vigorously but treading gently so as not to disturb neighbors. Now, I endorse it…

Autumn colors before the leaves turn

By Dave
My Garden

As summer turns to autumn, flowers are conspicuous in the garden, but this is not the only color. While native dogwoods are beginning to show autumn foliage color, it will be weeks before the swamp maples and tulip poplars in the forest, and the garden’s Japanese maples, show their autumn colors. Several weeks ago, a…

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