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Stargazers in the garden

Stargazer lilies- the Muhammed Ali of wedding bouquets, are truly at their best in the garden.  Relatively cheap to buy (for lilies) they are absolutely best planted en masse with fresh bulbs in as large of quantity as you can … Continue reading

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The Genteel Pastime

Gardening- the genteel pastime, where one just strolls through the garden with some gloves and a secateur cutting armloads of lilies and delphiniums. Right? This is something that I have never done. Gardening to me is about getting as filthy … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles AGAIN

The naughties are back.  And moving on to new and different plants this year: the brand new willow hedge!  Apparently they like ‘nishiki’- must remind them of home or something. To review- japanese beetles are nasty things about the size of … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetle Update: More Plants Japanese Beetles won’t eat

The blasted things are still out there– but some things in the garden are faring very well–  in addition to those I’ve mentioned before: Hydrangeas.  They’ll sit on them, but won’t eat them.  Erynginum. Russian Sage and other sages.  Common … Continue reading

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Weeds and Beetles

Just returned home from vacation to the usual things- mountains of laundry, thousands of emails and a garden full of weeds. I pulled the usual suspects from the garden (grass, dandelions)- and even talked my husband into helping (which indicates … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles

  They’re Back! My old foes. Their nasty iridescent purple bodies are mating wildly in my crabapple and linden trees. They are covering my (formerly) gorgeous rugosa rose bush, munching down my dahlias, and (blissfully) drowning in my outdoor water … Continue reading

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62 Garden Pet Peeves

My hybrid homage to Mark Bittman’s spectacular cooking blog, Bitten, where he occasionally offers 100 easy winter recipes or the like and Garden Rant, with its excellent criticism of  all things gardening: 62 (I couldn’t think of 100)  things that irritate me … Continue reading

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