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something new

On 12, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

When you have a perennial garden finding a plant that you never seen before is quite unusual. The perennials in your climate zone are familiar, you probably had them in your garden for years, and the ones you don’t grow are the ones that didn’t thrive for whatever reason.

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first tomato

On 30, May 2012 | One Comment | In edibles | By All Year Garden

With great excitement I want to present to you the first tomato of the year! Supersweet 100, I can’t believe how productive these little cherry tomato hybrids are. This particular plant sprouted from the seeds of the fruit that fell on the ground last year. Read more…

chameleon, my lovely

On 07, May 2012 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

Oh, how I love this rose! When I bought it it bore the name “Unknown”. After having it in the garden for several years I started to understand that the growers couldn’t figure out which of its many faces was the real one. Every year it bears different blooms. If you don’t believe me, check out the second, the third and the fifth images in the roses’ slide show. Read more…

first rose of the year

On 03, May 2012 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

Roseraie de l’Hay was the first rose to bloom this year. Many more to come, though, by the number of buds waiting to open. All the rose bushes are absolutely covered in them, it looks like it’s going to be a very good year for roses, we’re having the June bloom in May. Read more…

the home farming project

A while back I mentioned that a very small patch of dirt with good soil, sufficient water and at least eight hours of sunlight a day can produce a surprisingly large yield. Last year I didn’t measure the quantity of veggies, so this year I decided to start a little project. Read more…

Create a perennial shade garden for zone 5

On 29, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In shade | By All Year Garden

Shade is not created equal. Most plants recommended for full shade usually don’t like at least three of the six types described in this article. Plants recommended for part shade will most likely thrive only in the last two. Full sun plants can be very happy in dappled shade if they bloom before May or after October. Read more…

winter harvest

On 07, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In wintergarden | By All Year Garden

What a wonderful surprise! When I got home, I found my hot peppers in bloom and covered in fruit. I’m so excited about my winter harvest, I can’t hardly wait for the peppers to turn red, at which time I will post more pictures. Read more…

happy new year!

On 06, Jan 2012 | One Comment | In wintergarden | By All Year Garden

Happy New Year everybody! Courtesy of the gloriously lush Florida landscapes, a beautiful pink hibiscus. We left there right before the freeze and I took this picture when the temperature was a balmy 78 degrees. Read more…

ornamental grasses

On 08, Nov 2011 | No Comments | In wintergarden | By All Year Garden

A little bit of color right before the monochromatic winter garden. This year the ornamental grass is spoiling me with beautiful oranges and deep reds, in addition to the fluffy panaches that will last all winter. Read more…

hard frost

On 02, Nov 2011 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

The cold season decided to come early this year. After two nights of hard frost all the tomato plants wilted. I pulled them and gathered about twenty pounds of green tomatoes. Read more…