Category Archives: Country Gardening

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In A Vase On Monday – ‘Voodoo’

The first Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ flowers opened yesterday, so get star billing in this week’s IAVOM. I love their rich, red-velvet blooms with a green eye. Unfortunately, the Japanese beetles like them, too, alas!   Small ‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have opened … Continue reading

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The Tuesday View August 8

A somewhat grainy view of the garden from the upstairs window shows more of the back of the garden, usually hidden from my usual viewpoint from the deck. Along the back left, vigorous Morning Glory (Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’) vines, which I … Continue reading

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In A Vase On Monday – Floral Fireworks

With spikes of gold Ligularia ‘The Rocket,’ burgundy-red fountains of Beebalm (Monarda didyma) and sprays of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), fireworks came to mind after I arranged this week’s vase. Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) are white sparklers and the lavender Hosta flowers are cascading Roman … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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WPC: Textures

In June, looking down off the deck, I’m treated with this pleasant, textured view of the garden below. It changes over time, but this stage is my favorite of the growing season. via Photo Challenge: Textures

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The Tuesday View August 1

The garden is in its prime season and we’re getting much pleasure looking down upon it from the deck where we take all our meals when the weather permits. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) are flowering abundantly, attracting many different bees and … Continue reading

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In A Vase On Monday – Pink and Purple

Topped by a starry mandala, gray-green poppy seed pods (Papaver somniferum) vie for attention amid purple larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and lavender Hosta flowers. Pink racemes of Astilbe taquettii and the first pink phlox (P. paniculata) of the season, along with a couple wild mallow (Malva … Continue reading

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