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Garden Journal

Here comes the rain again, and the garden loves it

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Afternoon thunderstorms are common nowadays, washing the air and leaving everything fresh and clean. Record rainfall brought drifting flower petals to the ground, like colorful snow, and a delighted goldfinch landed in our birdbath fluffing its feathers. Catmint and coneflowers are humming with bees – bumbles, you know, the friendly kind, the ones that ignore humans and animals. There are more than 250 species of bumblebees ranging from tiny ones …

Garden Journal: The battle against powdery mildew

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Zweep? That’s the happy song of sweet yellow birds as they dive and swoop about the yard. Twin tall branches are set in a dense garden area, effectively hiding messy spillage. Sunshine is here for sure, and the garden area I just mentioned is brimming with early roses, yellow evening primrose, red poppies, blue catmint, white geranium and oodles of summer perennials yet …

Despite their one-season show, annuals have plenty to offer your garden

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Annual flowers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the plant world – they “don’t get no respect.” Even though they supply our gardens with season-long color, just because they have to be replanted every year they get the cold shoulder from many gardeners. Perennials are the divas, they give one outstanding performance a year …