Author Archives: Esther

Ferns

A friend of mine who lives in the Midwest mentioned a garden seminar on ferns.  It reminded me of how I used to think they were exotic, when I also lived in the Midwest.  Now that I’m in New England, … Continue reading

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Dahlias 2013 Part Two

I’ve been looking forward to this dahlia opening since I saw it at Dahlia Hill in Midland, MI, last summer.  Although described as a lavender, I remembered it as a day-glo pink and this could fit both descriptions, sort of.  … Continue reading

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Dahlias 2013 Part One

The dahlia garden is still pretty green, with some notable exceptions.  The smaller varieties have been blossoming for a few weeks with Susan Komen being the first to put on a display.  It is the smallest plant of all of … Continue reading

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Oxalis

I have a weed that’s very pervasive in my cultivated beds (not the woodlands, for some reason) and looked it up in a weed database.  Oxalis or wood sorrel.  I remembered my father showing me this weed and saying it was … Continue reading

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A Little Color Problem

The new daylilies “Daring Deception” go much better with the Heuchera “Caramel” than I envisioned but the hydrangeas “Let’s Dance, Moonlight” clash a bit.  I thought I needed to add something; something neutral like a white would be the safe choice, but … Continue reading

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June is here

I mowed the last of the bugleweed (ajuga) in the lawn as the blossoms were over and the pollinators had moved on to the rhodies.  The smell of lily of the valley was replaced by the more subtle scent of … Continue reading

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Daylilly Problem: Spring Sickness?

A friend pointed me to descriptions of a daylily problem called Spring Sickness.  And since the first symptoms I saw were a stunting or twisting of the fan, I think it fits. The following web site offers the latest information … Continue reading

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Hydrangea Problem: Leaftier Caterpillar

Update:  A garden friend mentioned the Leaftier moth/caterpillar and it looks right.  I opened about 15 of these on three plants and I did find a few caterpillars.  All goners now.  What I wasn’t sure is whether the plants set … Continue reading

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Spring is Separation

  This is the small beginning of my rhododendron walk!  I’ve been wanting to fill in between the trees on the woods side with these great flowering and winter-green plants for so long and this is my (mostly symbolic) beginning.  … Continue reading

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Spring is a Promise

So the snow has been melted for a few weeks now.  Friday was warm to the point where I worked up a sweat in a very short time.  Part of the day was a gift from a cursed source; my … Continue reading

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Thuj Two and One

From left to right. At least they are green.  This was taken in the food garden this weekend, where my new trees have over wintered.  The sun hasn’t made it up over the tall evergreens to my south on a … Continue reading

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Coutances Dahlia Exhibition

On this winter day when once again my eye sees nothing but white covering the neutrals of bark and evergreens, I decided to share pictures of a dahlia garden in France.  I was told it was one of the oldest Dahlia … Continue reading

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Salad in January

The family has named my LED light setup, the farm.  I like it.  I haven’t posted about it much this winter because I have no idea how many pictures of lettuce growing in flats the world really needs.  But this … Continue reading

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Rosemary in the Winter

I grow lot of my heat loving herbs in pots and then bring them in for the winter; they don’t go under my LED lights as I don’t want to introduce outdoor pests to that area.  But I can usually … Continue reading

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Under the Lights

This lettuce was started to harvest for Thanksgiving, less than a week away. I went with an organic fertilizer this year, kelp and fish based, 4-3-3. I’m not completely thrilled with the results (not that I’m blaming the fertilizer); the … Continue reading

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Thuj One and Two

I mentioned in my post on Sandy’s damage that a gardening friend had recommended Thujopsis dolobrata as an interesting and useful evergreen plant for my northern border.  She said it was somewhat rare and I’d tried to find it at … Continue reading

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Sandy and Work in Progress

We were very fortunate that Sandy only gave us a glancing blow, however, I have my own little garden saga of destruction and hopefully next summer, renewal. I thought that I and my all of neighbors had come through pretty much unscathed … Continue reading

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Clowns Rule the Dahlia Bed

    Dahlia Bodacious, still not as full as they should be but they definitely make me smile.  The frequent rainy weather has caused most of the larger dahlias to hang their heads but since Bodacious is about seven feet … Continue reading

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Toledo Botanical Garden

  On a recent mid-west trip, I met my Ohio friend at the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Aside from their small dahlia garden, which I may cover in another post, the gallery below contains some of my favorite plants and pictures … Continue reading

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Should have caught this earlier

My Meyer Lemon tree was having a good summer on the deck.  It liked our extra heat and put out a lot of new leaves.  I bring it inside for the winter where it usually sulks and loses leaves but … Continue reading

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