Mid-summer shift

The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]

Top 13 for 2013 (part two)

Starting right up where I left off last week (and in hopes that pictures of sunny summer flowers might ease the bone-chill of a polar vortex), here are the next seven in my baker’s dozen of favorites. Again, roughly in order of bloom time, starting in July with… 7. Phlox paniculata ‘Sherbet Blend’. I don’t […]

Top 13 for 2013 (part one)

Thirteen has always been one of my favorite numbers (a baker’s dozen might be why) so it’s a treat for me, and I hope for you, to bracket the New Year with an extra long list of my very favorite plants from this past year. Some new, some tried and true. To keep these posts […]

Slow gardening

This week has to have been the prettiest week of the summer so far. The sky is clear as a bell, a slightly lower humidity level has made it easier for internal thermostats to function as nature intended, and we even just had a tiny but delicious bit of overnight rain to dust everything off […]

Missed stakes

By now we have a pretty good idea of what plants in the garden are going to fall over by mid-summer and we usually plan way ahead to prevent floppage. We have whole sets of peony rings designated for plants like like balloon flower (Platycodon gradiflorus) and speedwell (Veronica longifolia) rather than for peonies. They […]