this week’s bouquet

As the garden winds down, every week I think this will be my last bouquet.  We haven’t had a frost yet, and the trees are still unseasonably green, but the temps have turned noticeably colder, which seems to have intensified the color in these flowers. In truth, this bouquet looks more like spring than fall.  The roses look lovelier now than in the heat of … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

holding tight to summer

I did some dead heading in the zinnia garden last evening.  It is hard to watch the precious blooms losing color and going to seed. They are looking tired and worn, falling over from wind and rain.  The leaves have lost some color, looking very faded, and covered with a powdery mildew. Although smaller, they are still loaded with new buds, and dead heading will … Continue reading holding tight to summer

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet comes from the large patches of perennial ageratum that have happily spread themselves around both the front and back  gardens. I don’t really ever remember planting them, and they have never done very well, but this year, they are everywhere.  A bit of a thug, but because they provide such abundant blooms and color in late August, they are most welcome here. … 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’

finally . . . roses

Finally . . . I have some roses.  The first flush was very pitiful, but the second bloom, although still minimal, is at least more promising. These are pink ‘Knock Out’ roses, supposedly very hardy, and will grow anywhere. I was first impressed with these roses when I saw them planted in front of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant on a busy main street in … Continue reading finally . . . roses