Tag: Wild Ginger
On the Threshold of Summer 2
Yesterday we saw what the Front Garden had on offer at the beginning of July. Today we head to the shady back garden, under the dappled shade of Silver Maples and other mature trees.
Back And Sides
Most of the horticultural drama around here is in the front garden. But we shouldn’t forget that on either side of the house there are narrow strips within our property lines. And then there’s the back garden. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in those relatively neglected areas.
Foliage Appreciation Day for May
Many of us set aside the 22nd of each month for taking note of the foliage in our gardens. Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day is hosted by Christina of My Hesperides Garden. However, I prefer to call it Foliage Appreciation Day (FAD), as it makes a more nifty acronym.
For the Weeds Will Always Be With You
Does anyone remember a series of Dr. Who episodes called “The Seeds of Doom”?
Fight Garlic Mustard with Native Groundcovers
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). If plants could ride horses, these would be the three horsemen of the Invasive Plant Apocalypse – at least for shady areas in the Midwest. However, a recent post in The Native Plant Herald (the blog of Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin) tells us …
A Bit of Tender Spring Green
So I arrived in Baltimore last night and right now Judy and I are staying with friends in the small town of Dayton, Maryland. Our plan for the day was to see the Azaleas at the National Arboretum. Problem is, it’s raining. While we’re waiting for the rain to stop, here are some tender green …
Foliage Day: July, 2015
I am a flower-centric gardener, and so it is useful to be reminded that a garden is about more than blooms. Which is exactly the service performed by Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. At this point in the summer the warm-season grasses start to assert their presence, especially the …
Wednesday Vignette – Side Garden
Fine, it’s actually Thursday at this point, but don’t get hung up on technicalities. On to the vignette. The west side of our house is a little bit challenging.The relatively narrow side yard between our house and the neighbors’ is mostly shady. There is also a rain shadow from the roof that keeps the area …
No Man is Poor Who Has Fronds
Even gardeners like myself who gravitate to bright colors realize that from time to time you have to pause to appreciate the more subtle beauties of foliage. May is a good time to do that, because the fronds and leaves are so fresh and the green-deprived winter months are not yet a distant memory. May …
Green With Ennui
An article in the most recent issue of Fine Gardening, entitled “Designing with green”, opens with this statement: “This ubiquitous color, when used well, can be just as exciting as vibrant flowers.” To which the obvious response is: No. No, it can’t. Don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate green-only plants. I understand that there …