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Seven Putty Roots

By Dave
My Garden

I am quite pleased that seven Putty Root orchids (Aplectrum hyemale) have survived the year. All are in one area, with several other areas found not suitable, I suppose. The floral and foliage display of the Putty Root is modest, and unremarkable compared to other terrestrial orchids. It is native, found locally in damp, but…

Gobbled summer down

By Dave
My Garden

This week, my cold intolerant wife has the urge for going south. The transition from autumn to winter is often gentle, with foliage colors mellowing to reds and yellows, but no day or days that obviously mark the change. No day when a freeze turns the garden from green to brown, from growing to dormant….

Winter flowers

By Dave
My Garden

Though the season does not begin for another month, unquestionably winter temperatures have set in. The garden has turned following several nights that dropped into the low twenties, from scattered flowers to only a few. These will persist for weeks until witch hazels (Hamamelis), then hellebores (Helleborus) and snowdrops (Galanthus) continue flowering into early spring….

Sudden cold

By Dave
My Garden

The suddeness of this week’s cold has turned much of the garden to brown. Leaves of Japanese maples that often reach peak autumn colors late in November changed to brown overnight. A year ago, a carpet of red leaves from the Bloodgood maple covered the front walk. Today, brown leaves cling to branches, the typical…

Planting a tree

By Dave
My Garden

A week ago, the Korean Sweetheart tree (Euscaphis japonica) was successfully moved from a pot on the patio to a permanent position into the ground between the summerhouse and greenhouse. (I should clarify, the summerhouse is a square structure with a leaky aluminum roof. What else to call it? It’s shelter from the summer sun.)…

Tall camellias

By Dave
My Garden

I am quite pleased that several of the garden’s camellias now tower above eight feet, with a few topping ten. Uppermost branching is not stocky, but even long, slender branches remain rigid in all but the dampest snowfalls. In this first week of November, many camellias are flowering, unaffected by recent twenty degree nights. Though…

An autumn of yellows

By Dave
My Garden

Leaves of red and orange seem in short supply in this early November, but yellow is everywhere. And, not only the sickly yellow of drought stricken maples, but rich and glowing tones border the narrow highways on my daily drive. (Even with the recent time change my morning commute is in the dark, but I…

The dreaded 27 degrees

By Dave
My Garden

Cold, coming soon to this garden and others in the neighborhood. Several recent nights have dropped below freezing, and possibly into the upper twenties. While toad lilies (Tricyrtis, below) and other autumn flowering perennials tolerate mild frosts, and possibly a night or two when temperatures drop below the freezing mark, twenty seven degrees is a…

Moving the tropicals

By Dave
My Garden

Happily, there are fewer tropicals to be moved into the basement this year. This is a chore I despise. First, the pots are heavy and muddy. My wife, of course, doesn’t care about the heavy part, since she’s not doing the lifting, but she has a more of a problem with the mud, even though…

Late autumn flowers

Autumn flowering, hybrid mahonias (Mahonia x media) are a bit late, usually beginning bloom in mid-November, but today showing only yellow through the buds on elongated panicles. I expect buds to open soon, in a few days, but it could be another week. With late autumn flowering, I’m uncertain if it’s cold, heat, or hours…

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