An unapologetic plant geek shares advice and opinions on gardening, the contrived and the natural landscape, as well as occasional topics from the other side of the gate.

December 15, 2014

Bloom Day - Something is Better Than Nothing

      I went outside yesterday to see what was available for Bloom Day, but I saw nothing worth photographing, though I did get a lot of work done. The sasanquas are still flowering nicely, but I showed them last month. I've also got some violas blooming, but I am holding them back for a January or February post. However, the Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera) are blooming on the kitchen windowsill. They all needed repotting this summer, and have responded well to the roomier pots and better soil. This particular one I am showing was a gift last year from one of the volunteers at the garden, and was grown by special needs students. I love its non-Christmassy color.

     If you would like to see what is blooming in other people's gardens, or perhaps on their windowsills, then visit Carol at May Dreams Garden. Carol hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.

December 13, 2014

Technically It's Still Fall

     I know it feels like winter outside and the dominant colors are now red and green, but I am still sorting through my fall photos. Hell, I even have summer vacation photos yet to process. On my trip to Pennsylvania last October, primarily to attend the Perennial Plant Conference, I also got to roam around the Bucks Co. countryside and enjoy a bit of the season. My brother lives in this picturesque part of the the state, and fortunately for us, his guest policies are still fairly liberal. While we were there, the most colorful plant on his property was burning bush (Euonymus alatus). Yes yes, I know this is a very bad plant, but there is no denying how pretty it is, and it is easy to figure why people plant it in the first place.
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Poet's Hill - Euonymus alatus

     Our visits usually include a stop at Trauger's, a large family owned farmstand on the Delaware River. Just about everything they sell is grown or made right on the farm, and I love its diversity, but since our visit was just before Halloween, it was all about the pumpkins.
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     Another stop I always like to make is to Linden Hill Gardens, a garden center and design firm built around an old stone farmhouse and barn. This blog has been to Linden Hill before, and you can click here to read more about it. On the day we were there, we had the place to ourselves, and I had to remind myself that in colder parts the country there is an earlier end to the gardening season. That's okay, I took advantage of their perennial sale and picked up a Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow', which was put in a larger pot on the steps until I figure out where to plant it. I know I am certainly not the only one who buys plants without a clue as to where they will go.
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Linden Hill - Tilia

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Linden Hill - Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'