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Six on Saturday, Including Some Lessons - ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
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20.01.2024 / 23:23

Six on Saturday, Including Some Lessons

If there is a lesson to be learned about the rose above, ‘Phyllis Bide’, it is not to overlook what is in front of your face. Planted outside the front door a few years ago to replace, on a whim, the bright pink ‘Pink Perpetue’, the bud that this bloom opened from must have been in evidence before I noticed the fully open flower on Thursday, but I hadn’t seen it. Not that I was expecting to see any roses in bloom halfway through January, although it does sometimes happen – and admittedly it tells me that this is a rose I had forgotten to prune when I did my climbers back in the late autumn! The front of the house is in full sun for most of the morning, so the sunshine that accompanied some bitterly cold days this last week has clearly given Phyllis a boost. Overall, however, she has still been outperformed by her predecessor, and needs to pull her socks up to justify her front-of-house position.

Episode 151: Underappreciated Plants for Winter Interest - finegardening.com - Usa - state North Carolina
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19.01.2024 / 13:09

Episode 151: Underappreciated Plants for Winter Interest

During the winter months many plants reveal subtle patterns, fine details, and a new range of colors that help us to see familiar beds and borders with fresh eyes. This is an excellent time to get outside, evaluate your garden’s bones, and make some plans for spring planting. In this episode Danielle, Carol, and their guest will explore some of the plants that fly a bit under the radar in winter months, but certainly deserve more attention. Do you have any of these underappreciated wonders in your landscape? If not, you may want to start digging holes as soon as the ground thaws to ensure that some of these unsung heroes get some well-deserved garden real estate. Will any of these winter beauties make it onto your wish list this year?

Six on Saturday: Always Something - ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
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14.01.2024 / 02:29

Six on Saturday: Always Something

I feel sorry for gardeners who have no incentive to spend time in their gardens in January, especially on the more clement days like those we have had this week – with colder days due soon, however, it might be a matter of looking for tasks that can be carried out inside for a while! Now that the working greenhouse is up and running again (albeit currently sharing the space with the remnants of reconstruction and unpacked bags and crates) I can at least begin sowing seeds, starting them inside the house before moving them into the greenhouse upon germination.

Growing Liatris Spicata: A Hardy Perennial With 4-Season Interest - savvygardening.com
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09.01.2024 / 14:08

Growing Liatris Spicata: A Hardy Perennial With 4-Season Interest

Liatris spicata is one of my favorite perennials in my front yard garden. Commonly referred to as Dense Blazing Star, Blazing Star, and Gayfeather, my appreciation for this plant native to parts of North America, is well documented. Stems surrounded by vibrant, grass-like green foliage shoot up and form long tips covered in buds. Eventually, feathery, pinkish-purple flowers emerge, attracting bees and other pollinators. Then, as the flowers dry, they look like brown, fuzzy bottle brushes. That’s one of the reasons Liatris is high on my list: four-season interest. In this article, I’m going to share tips for planting Liatris, why I consider it to be a perfect perennial, and what not to do with it in the fall.

Six on Saturday: the Fire at the Heart of the Garden Burns Brightly - ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
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06.01.2024 / 22:21

Six on Saturday: the Fire at the Heart of the Garden Burns Brightly

I have no idea what has caused this ‘flame’ in the garden, but perhaps it really does symbolise the heart of it. I was not aware of the flame while I was working in the garden today, removing and cleaning the bricks from the low retaining wall at the back of one of the bold borders, and it only became evident when I looked at the photos later. Looking at the wider picture, when there was about a third of the wall left to remove and clean, you can see that there is a glass sculpture in the border but, at the time the picture was taken, the sun (and it was a sunny day) was behind me and to my right, so it wasn’t shining through the glass. Curiously, as I perched on my makeshift stool, chipping away at the bricks with my lump hammer and chisel, I found myself thinking of earlier civilisations, chipping away with bones and stones to make their artefacts – so could I perhaps have been joined by ghosts from the distant past, huddled round their fire for warmth…?

10 Bold Plants for Winter Interest in the Southeast - finegardening.com - state Tennessee
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21.12.2023 / 20:51

10 Bold Plants for Winter Interest in the Southeast

Without a doubt one of the best parts about gardening in the Southeast is winters that are temperate yet still bring seasonality to the garden. I’m grateful that we don’t often get bone-chilling cold that lasts for days and weeks on end. Many gardeners in colder climates spend their winters waiting for spring. As gardeners in the Southeast, we can plan for vibrant gardens with winter interest in mind. For our purposes, we will define “winter” as December through February. For this article I will take you on a journey through the plants that are looking good in my winter garden in eastern Tennessee during these few months. I’ve made a note of the date I took the photo of each plant to give you a feeling of how the season progresses throughout my garden in the Southeast.

Six on Saturday: Forward and Back - ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com
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16.12.2023 / 22:01

Six on Saturday: Forward and Back

Working through winter tasks in the garden when time and weather align favourably, there are plenty of opportunities to look forward and back, usually simultaneously, such as with crab apple Malus ‘Evereste’. This sad, mushy state was pretty normal for M ‘Golden Hornet’, but the blackbirds have usually taken all the peachy crabs from ‘Evereste’ well before now, leaving me looking forward to the pretty spring blossom or at least to when I am able to remove the offending fruit. Even the red Christmas lights do little to enhance their ugliness.

Bread & Roses gives gift of floristry to women seeking refuge from torture and violence - irishtimes.com - Britain - Ireland
irishtimes.com
16.12.2023 / 14:26

Bread & Roses gives gift of floristry to women seeking refuge from torture and violence

As an experienced and respected professional florist, Róisín Godfrey has spent the last eight years working alongside some of the biggest names in the industry in the UK and Ireland, a career that has taken her to some of the most beautiful private houses, hotels and art galleries in the world.

Designing Deep Garden Beds for Privacy and Interest in Your Outdoor Space - finegardening.com - state Michigan - state Minnesota
finegardening.com
06.12.2023 / 15:35

Designing Deep Garden Beds for Privacy and Interest in Your Outdoor Space

When I moved to Michigan 13 years ago, I was ­excited by the endless plant possibilities afforded by my new Zone 6 location. Compared to the secluded 5-acre garden I had left behind in southern Minnesota, however, my newly purchased corner lot surrounded by houses and neighbors felt like a fishbowl.

Ready for a Decor Update? Pinterest's 2024 Home Trend Predictions Are Here - thespruce.com
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06.12.2023 / 15:23

Ready for a Decor Update? Pinterest's 2024 Home Trend Predictions Are Here

Pinterest is back with big news this week—they've released their annual Pinterest Predicts report for 2024. The report details all the trendiest search terms that are likely to make a big splash next year so you can be first in line for a mini life makeover.

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