a new rose garden

There is nothing I love more in a garden than pink flowers – any variety will do.  But there is something about pink roses that just makes my heart sing. This is David Austin’s English shrub rose, “Mary Rose”.  I bought her in early summer not having any idea where I was going to plant her, so she kept me company on the deck where … Continue reading a new rose garden

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

this week’s bouquet

Thought I had better get back to making bouquets before the summer is over.  The August garden is waning, especially from the heat and lack of rain, but there are a few beauties still going strong. I started this bouquet with just zinnias since they needed picking.  Grown from a pack of seeds, a good majority of the zinnias ended up being magenta, and they … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet was fashioned around some shrub roses that are blooming in my yard.  Though roses never seem to do well for me, these sweet roses never fail to produce sweet clusters of blooms off and on all summer.  I no longer know their name, as they were a long-ago, end of the season purchase from the grocery store at only $3 a bush. … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is, of course, peonies.  What else is more magnificent at this time of year than peonies? I have a love/dislike relationship with peonies.  What I mean is, what’s not to love?  They are the essence of beauty. But, on the other hand, I have little patience with flowers that cannot hold themselves upright, even with support. And, I think the other biggest … Continue reading this week’s bouquet