A Tour Of The Back Garden In Early July
So now let’s take the overview of the garden to the back of the house. A flagstone path leads to the Back Garden.
Summer Blooms To Brighten The Shady Garden
The most recent issue of Fine Gardening magazine had an interesting article by Toronto gardener Mary Gore entitled “Continuous Color in the Shade.” There’s a lot to commend in this article, not least the marvelous photos, but among other things it got me thinking about color schemes for shade. In most shady gardens, color in …
Ordering Seeds Part 3 – Annuals For Containers
For the last in my series of posts on seed and plant orders, I’ll focus on plants bound for containers. We’ve got lots of containers – some in sun, some in shade.
This Year’s Containers for Shade
So let’s take a look at our containers in the shady back garden, shall we?
Good News for Shady Gardens
Do you remember Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)? It used to be my number one plant for filling containers all over the shady Back Garden, providing bountiful and vibrant color from May to September. Starting around 2011, though, the scourge of Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM), caused gardeners everywhere to turn their backs on the stricken plants.
Blighted Impatiens, Dead Wheelbarrows, and Partridge Peas
So here is a bit of garden miscellany for today. Those of you who grumble that I never show the seamy underside of my garden should appreciate this post. First off, I have been blithely ignoring the Heartbreak of Impatiens Blight ever since news of this scourge spread to these parts. And for years, everything …
Summer Containers for Shade
Recently there has been a strong movement towards perennials among the containers in our shady back garden. They got tired of buying hordes of annuals in spring, and then again in summer. Oh wait, that was me that got tired. It took me a while to orient myself to perennials in shade containers because I …
Last post was about white flowers, specifically white flowers in my garden that bloom in spring. Might as well finish my thought and talk about the white flowers of summer and fall.
Summer Containers For Shade: My Year Of Living Dangerously, But In A Boring Way
This summer I defied Impatiens downy mildew and lived to tell the tale. For two years I have avoided Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) because of a widespread and devastating blight that has received extensive publicity. Despite the tidings of doom, my neighbor John planted Impatiens for both of those years with no problems. You can accuse …
The Roots of Plant Snobbery
Recently there have been two excellent posts on the nature of gardeners’ personal plant likes and dislikes, one in The Blooming Garden and the second in Angie’s Garden Diaries. These thought-provoking posts reminded me of a very disappointing experience I had involving impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) and The Wall Street Journal. In March, 2013, I wrote …