a shady garden

It’s been a long, hot, and dry summer here in Ohio.  We’ve not had a significant rainfall that makes a difference since mid June.  Most of the garden is stressed from heat and lack of rain, and just barely hanging on.  I’m stressed from the promising storms on the weather radar app that continually come to nothing, and also imaging how expensive my water bill … Continue reading a shady garden

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

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

hosta ‘ royal standard’

Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ is truly the king of my hosta collection.  There is nothing too special about its plain green leaves, but “wow”, does it put on a show in August, when not much else is blooming in the shade garden. I probably have at least ten different varieties of hostas, if not more, but this one is my favorite.  This is one of those … Continue reading hosta ‘ royal standard’