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faithful shade companions

fall hostas

On 28, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In plants, shade | By All Year Garden

The hostas bloomed like never before this year, in my garden and everywhere else, proving to unenthusiastic gardeners how stunning they can really be. Read more…

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colors of the garden

Spring finally decided to grace us with its presence and all I have to say is “Meh!” Not too hot, not too cold, just like the proverbial porridge, and way too late. The garden proceeds according to its own schedule and will look quite pretty when the cheerful daffodils, hyacinths and grape hyacinths bloom. Read more…

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ruffled fuchsias

On 14, Jun 2010 | No Comments | In shade | By All Year Garden

I haven’t had much luck with fuchsias, not for lack of trying, but I can’t help getting them because they are so exquisitely pretty. Take a look at this picture and tell me if you have seen a more sophisticated and imaginative flower. I like them all, the pink stars with purple ruffled skirts, the hot pink rose like blossoms with white bulbous middles, the all pink angled shapes, the waxy red pendulous shapes, I like them all. They are finicky little things with particular tastes that I haven’t yet figured out. They like dappled shade and should do well on a partly shaded terrace, hanging close to you, so you can fully appreciate their intricate form. Fuchsias don’t like wet feet, so don’t over water. I have yet to get one to last through the winter. Maybe this year…

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