Category Archives: In the Garden

African Violets

I have loved African Violets for years, and yet I have never mastered them. My former brother in law always grew beautiful Violets on his east-facing windowsill over his kitchen sink.  When I asked him his secret, he said he … Continue reading

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Lawns

Living in Wisconsin, I’m blessed to have fantastic public television channels (namely, the Wisconsin Channel).  I am sitting here watching a fantastic program on my least favorite garden item: lawns. I’ve already learned a number of helpful things I thought … Continue reading

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Planting for Fall Color

It is an unlovely fall day today, but the leaves are gorgeous. I often think about planting for spring color, but fortunately the previous owners thought about fall. With two autumn blaze maples and the beautiful yellow birch leaves…it’s so … Continue reading

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It feels like home to me.

The humble colchicum. So humble, I had to add it to the dictionary when I typed that. To me, once the colchicums are planted, I’m officially home. Fall-blooming, and not to be confused with the autumn crocus, they are the … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Been Promised a Rose Garden

So I’ll make one myself.  My favorite thing about a little downtime/lunch time later in the year (and Wednesdays generally), is that I can forget about my to-do list in the garden and start thinking about my What-If? list. At the … Continue reading

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Baby bunnies in the fire pit

Considering themselves lucky that I just returned home after escaping the largest forest fire in the country (and am thus not in love with fire right now)…baby bunnies in the damn fire pit. I meant to show off my improved … Continue reading

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V is for Victory

Stubborn V…finally budding. As SC said, just waiting for it to get warm, “it probably hates the cold as much as I do.” 90° and a rabbit-proof cage, and here is Victory. I hope it still smells as sweet as … Continue reading

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Dumber than…

So we’ve begun the rock removal process. There is no easy way to say it: it sucks and it takes for fricking ever. About an hour per four feet. I’m loading the moving boxes with rocks (very convenient), and handsome … Continue reading

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A (VERY) Bright Surprise

As I’ve spent the last four days moving into my new house, I’m spending so much time unpacking boxes that I’ve hardly gotten into the garden at all…except for seeing this amazing bright spot in the garden! A lovely surprise, … Continue reading

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Rock Mulch

Rock mulch sucks. I see why people use it: it doesn’t break down, it’s permanent, etc.  I don’t care, I hate it. As there is no such thing as a permanent planting, it should never be encased by plastic and … Continue reading

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