Watch your step, look around. The first of the colchicums has just been found. I stepped outside early this morning to begin the third day of my 30-day challenge to spend at least an hour in the garden every morning rescuing it from all the weeds, and I felt just the slightest bit of chill in the air. It wasn't enough of a chill to send me running back inside for a jacket... just enough for me to notice how pleasant it is to be out in the garden early in the day. I've made decent … [Read more...] about Watch your step!
Barnardia japonica is one of my favorite late summer flowers. The foliage comes up in the spring and then around mid-August, there are these lovely flowers. Dee Nash and I talked about this flower on our latest episode of The Gardenangelists podcast. I got my plants as passalong plants from the curator at the Elizabeth Lawrence gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina about five years ago, give or take. I went looking for a source to buy plants of this little late summer charmer so I … [Read more...] about Barnardia japonica
I'm not a big fan of daffodils. I can take 'em or leave 'em, as they say. "Really, Carol? Because it looks like you've been mostly taking them and now you have quite a few blooming around your garden." Well, yes, there do seem to be quite a few daffodils here and there. "And it's not just the same ones over and over. You actually have several varieties, it seems." Yes, but if I can't remember all the variety names, do they count? "You know they count. Fess up, Carol. You … [Read more...] about Daffodils
Lately—and I'll just admit it up front—for many years, my favorite flowers in the garden share a cultivar name of 'Variety Unknown'. These are the first two reticulated irises that popped up a few days ago. They are 'Variety Unknown', part of a mix of Iris reticulata I purchased years ago. They are slowly coming up to join the crocuses in full bloom now, which are also 'Variety Unknown'. The crocuses are from mixed collections of Crocus tommasinianus, planted years ago, affectionately … [Read more...] about In My Garden: ‘Variety Unknown’
"Whoa, Nellie," I said to myself. "Those crocuses are sure multiplying and making a nice display in late autumn."And indeed they are.I assure you that I didn't plant that many autumn crocuses which could mean only one thing.Garden fairies here! We are garden fairies and we are pleased and chuffed to bits that Carol noticed how many crocuses we managed to make bloom this late in the year.For a while, we thought the rain was going to wash out our big display, but then a nice day came along … [Read more...] about Those Autumn Crocuses!
When you post about gardening on Facebook...Look, everyone, at my pretty flower. Like, like, like, screech, what's that? Oh, I almost got runover by that political ad. Wasn't expecting that! It's no one I'd ever vote for. They aren't even in my district! I'm going to just scroll past that and hey, are those some nice looking shoes or what? I didn't know I needed new shoes! And oh my goodness, I didn't know it was that person's birthday! Happy Birthday! I wonder who that person is? How did … [Read more...] about Garden Talk on Facebook