the many and lovely shades of green

When I was a child, yellow was my favorite color.  As an adult, it has to be green.  Four rooms in my home are green, and my porch.  I’ve come to think of green as a neutral, since it plays so well with every color. Nature provides every shade imaginable and in every shape and size. After a drab, brown, and dreary winter, colors are … Continue reading the many and lovely shades of green

this week’s bouquet

The lilacs are glorious this year.  My row of lilacs were about 4-foot tall plants when I put them in three years ago, and since that time, some of them have reached 8-9 feet tall with the largest blooms I’ve ever seen. I planted 11 lilac bushes and there were 2 older bushes in this row along the side of my back yard.  This was supposed … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

a few tulips

This year, I have but a few tulips.  Most have been eaten by the deer, and only a handful survived to bloom.  I’m getting very frustrated with the deer.  Last night, I accidentally left the front gate open, and they came in and ate the grape hyacinth on the table of my deck, and they thoughtfully pinched back my pots of beautiful pink petunias for … Continue reading a few tulips

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is quite simple.  All but the pure white daffodils remain, and they are fragile from a full day of beating rain. The tulips have all but a few, been eaten by the deer.  So that left only the Virginia Bluebells for picking.  I’ve never used them in a bouquet before, but since they flourished so abundantly this year, I could bare to … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

virginia bluebells

I think Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginicia) are my favorite of the shade/wild flowers. One of America’s native plants, Virginia Bluebells are part of the Borage family.  They have nodding clusters of pink buds that open into a lovely blue trumpet-shaped flower. I’ve had a few plants for years, but they have never done well, and often seemed to struggle just to survive.  But, for some … Continue reading virginia bluebells

this week’s bouquet

First bouquet of the year from the garden, and of course, it is daffodils and forsythia, with a few stems of epimedium thrown in. Such a cold, rainy morning required a quick run through the rain in an attempt to bring some sunshine into the house. The daffodils are at their peak, and all too soon will be going over.  It was now or never … Continue reading this week’s bouquet


Epimedium is a low-growing perennial that is native to China, Japan, and Korea.  It’s common name is bishop’s hat, because of it’s resemblance to a clergyman’s biretta. I have grown this perennial for years and barely noticed it in my garden, since the flowers are very small and usually hiding under the leaves.  But this year, in late winter, I cut all the old leaves … Continue reading epimedium