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perennial groundcovers

On 18, Jul 2016 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

I can’t figure out the precise point when a fast spreading plant becomes a ground cover. Some, like ivy, periwinkle and the beautiful blue flowering plumbago in the picture, are quite obvious, others, like lily of the valley and sweet violets, take you by surprise, starting with a shy little clump in spring and filling the garden with their prolific progeny in one season. Read more…

yarrow

A resilient weed, native to the northern hemisphere, yarrow grows wild in open fields and along the sides of the roads, and had only recently gained the privilege to be cultivated in flower gardens.
Don’t judge this humble herb to be ordinary, Achillea millefolium is a well documented medicinal plant, astringent, anti inflammatory and tonic, but above all it has a special gift: it is a hemostatic agent. Read more…

tending the herb garden

All the medicinal plants are in bloom, a rare sight for the herb patch, whose blossoms are usually scarce and short lived.
One might think the herb wheel is a happy go lucky mish-mash of perennials that take care of themselves and require minimal interaction, when in fact it is the exact opposite. You can’t grow an herb garden without giving it your whole heart and your full attention. It needs meticulous care, constant trimming and weeding, it needs to be pristine. Read more…

garden imagery

There are the rare moments when simple images like these are more than enough to justify dripping sweat over organic fertilizer in 100 degree heat.

It rained last night, it was a powerful and earth drenching thunderstorm, like only summer knows how to bring. The sky was ablaze with white lightning and thunders boomed so strong they made the earth tremble. Read more…

persnickety roses

Roses have earned the dubious privilege of being considered sensitive and difficult to grow. This is not entirely true of course, a rose planted in a climate that favors its development requires a lot less maintenance than your average perennial. They do have a list of things they absolutely will not put up with, and whose lack can’t be supplanted by any amount of doting and support. Read more…

mighty cleome

Judging by the amount of seed these garden prodigies generate I won’t need to worry about next year’s annual flower selection. I am going to have a very exclusive, cleome only garden, where said plant will multiply exponentially to eventually cover the world. Read more…

old bourbons

On 25, May 2016 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

The quintessence of romantic imagery, the Bourbon rose!

There is an unspoken consensus among rosarians that roses are the crowning glory of botanical creation. No other plant was capable of achieving this status and no one ever will, even though many classic perennials, such as peonies, clematis and chrysanthemums have their fair share of fans. Read more…

perennials

When you had a perennial garden for many years you’d think there can’t be many plants you haven’t tried but that is not true. New varieties appear every year, better adapted to your growing conditions than their uncooperative kin, more fragrant blooming plants for the shade, more cottage perennial cultivars to substitute those you previously thought too demanding. Read more…

fresh growth

There is great agitation in the garden in anticipation of summer. Plants develop at great speed and at some point the boundaries of which plant is what become blurred. Read more…

beans

On 25, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I kind of planted the beans for their flowers, but they proved to be quite productive. The bright purple pods petered out and left room for the “Scarlet Emperor” variety, whose flowers are bright red and pods green. I really don’t like green beans, so this year I decided to allow the pods to dry. Read more…