Category Archives: Flowers

Magical Nodding ladies tresses

Three years ago I found this beautifully blooming plant at the edge of the woods near the asparagus bed.  After some research I identified it as a Nodding ladies tresses (Spiranthes cernua).  Wow!  I’d never seen a plant like this … Continue reading

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Rose hip harvesting

I planted a rose bush (Rosa canina) a few years ago.  This year there were some lovely looking rose hips that I decided to harvest.  Then I was puzzled.  How do I “process” them?  A bit of Internet searching indicated … Continue reading

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A gift of Jerusalem artichokes

It may not look like much at the moment . . . and . . . this is the new Jerusalem artichoke bed.  A friend gifted me with some surplus and, after checking with the Deva of the Garden about … Continue reading

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Creating new bed with nature

There’s an area of grass that I’ve been wanting to convert to some more beds.  I finally started turning over the soil and removing the grass this summer.  Next, I opened a coning with the Deva of the Gardens and … Continue reading

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Transplanting with curiosity

As I sat down to wrestle with dividing an overgrown hosta plant into smaller sections (for transplanting), I noticed other wonderful weeds growing nearby.  There’s the golden ragwort getting ready to bloom . . . . . . the daisy … Continue reading

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Life cycles

It’s wonderful to see the cycles of life and seasons move onwards.  Today I discovered the frog eggs have hatched and hundreds of tadpoles cling to rocks and vases in the pool.  After so many cool, cloudy days and another … Continue reading

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Could it be?

Hurrah!  A crocus is blooming!  This is an “indicator species” for me that the spring season is beginning.  Here’s another view of these beautiful flowers.

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Snowdrop

We have experienced a two day reprieve from winter’s cold weather.  Today I walked up a slope and discovered the snowdrops are blooming.  In fact, some of them have been blooming a while because they had dead blossoms already.  I … Continue reading

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Fall’s gifts

After the snow two weeks ago and subsequent bitter cold nights, there’s not much green or flowering visible in the gardens.  One exception is this water hawthorne (Aponogeton distachyos) — an aquatic plant.  Its white fragrant blooms are delightful amid … Continue reading

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More lily pollination

The above photo sets the scene . . .  A lovely Turk’s cap lily which began blooming today.  Note the small insect on the anther.  Let’s get closer to that stamen. Looks like one of those metallic bees working on … Continue reading

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