Monthly Archives: July 2011

Long Flowering Perennials

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Most perennials only bloom for 10-14 days. I am always looking for perennials that have a long flowering time. I have found a few that really produce flowers for several months. The top plant on my list is Astrantia- Masterwort. … Continue reading

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High Summer -lots of changes

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Things have  changed radically in just a couple of weeks. The meadow flowers have been hayed and have taken on a another beautiful form – round bales! The fields have turned an ocher dusty color that is reminiscent of high … Continue reading

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Red Currant Jelly- from the garden

Ingredients: 4 pounds of fresh red currants (you can leave stems on) 7 cups of white sugar 4 fluid ounces of liquid fruit pectin (optional) 1 cup of water Place the currants into a large pot, and crush with a … Continue reading

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Clematis

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It’s early July, and the clematis are flowering. Some are  prolific bloomers and a few are looking a bit straggly. It’s my fault because I did not get a delivery of composted manure until very late in the season. I … Continue reading

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Summer storms

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We had a beautiful sunset last night.  Mother nature dazzling us as usual. Around ten o’clock violent thunderstorms moved in with torrential rain. It happens every year, right as the delphiniums flower. They are top heavy, and even with staking … Continue reading

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Variegated Plants

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Once again I am noticing the variegated plants in the garden. Their interesting foliage pattern really adds something special to the garden. I especially appreciate the light colored leaves to liven up a dark shady area of the garden.  Here … Continue reading

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English Delphiniums

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Every year, I patiently wait to see if my English Delphiniums will bloom before the rain and wind knocks them to the ground. After many years of being disappointed, I finally had the idea to plant them behind a hedge … Continue reading

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