Garden Potluck Party in June!

We got kind of rained out for the May garden party, so we decided to plan another one for June. We’ll send out invitations in mid-June, and we have the party scheduled for June 22. Unfortunately, by then I think the peonies will be done blooming, and the daylilies will be not quite open yet–we…

Memorial Day

The showy flowers right now are iris, poppies, dame’s rocket and bleeding hearts. In the front yard, the perennial bachelor’s button centaura montana is starting up and will not quit until fall. Lots of lavender flowers–also blooming is the wood hyacinth, or English bluebells? hyacinthoides: In wildflower news, I was thrilled to see the wood…

turning 52! a gardening birthday

I headed down to my sister’s new place for a few days and brought her some perennials for her new gardens. In return I brought back some of her nice variegated vinca, and a few white comfrey from her back hayfield. Back at home in my garden the iris have just started blooming.    …

Paths, wider and wider

I explained recently in an email to my gardening buddy, sister and best friend Jeanne about how my attitude toward paths has continued to settle on the principle of ease and access. I used to make the paths narrow and discreet, leaving as much space as possible for the plants. I’d get my clothes wet…

buying lilacs!

Just back from a lilac-buying visit to the wonderful Moore’s Hill Farm between Canton and Potsdam. It’s right down the road from Mom’s Diner in West Potsdam. We headed there for lunch right after loading up the four lilacs I purchased. The owners of the farm are very enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming and helpful. Here’s a…

Chilly garden party

It’s been an interesting week for gardening. We had some very warm, dry, sunny days when it was fun to be outside but the ground got drier each day, with the soil feeling like dust and flowers drying at the edges and expiring earlier than usual. The photos for this post are from May 8,…

Time to get busy

Today is the last day of classes, and tomorrow is one week away from my garden party, so it’s time to get busy. I have done a little weeding and gardening in the last few weeks, but mostly the garden has been on its own. I still have paths to widen, dead stalks to clear…

WW

There’s a blog tradition called “wordless Wednesday”. Nice idea!