Category Archives: Hydrangeas

The Dances of Summer

Dog Days they’re called, 40 days in July and August when sultry days and nights get man and plants down. The garden is looking tired and I’m tired of looking at the garden. Until butterflies arrive. They spice up the … Continue reading

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Spunky and Pokey: Fawns of the Year

Sometimes the latch sticks, so this evening it took me a moment to make sure the gate was properly closed. When I turned to go, the fawn was standing in the middle of the path. We were about four or … Continue reading

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The Grand Hydrangeas of Ireland

Michael said he would think of me whenever he saw a hydrangea in bloom. I will never forget the hydrangeas of Ireland. They seduced me. And to think it was only by chance that we saw them in full and … Continue reading

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More Meatballs and Lollipops, Please

Years ago, a certain company offered two types of fantastic seed tapes. Each one was guaranteed to produce instant results for cottage gardeners and formal gardeners alike. In case you want to follow up on this terrific offer, the order … Continue reading

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A Letter to Lovers of the Blue

(Pink, Red and White, Too) Dear Reader, I do hope you are keeping your mopheads safe and locked tight. Perhaps an insurance policy, or maybe two On them? A simple wire cage will never do. One never knows when a … Continue reading

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Plants for Pennies

It began in earnest many years ago with a Master Gardener class on how to propagate plants by taking stem cuttings. I must have been having a relapse of Empty Nest syndrome then. Oh, the possibilities! Bob the Builder was … Continue reading

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The Great Wild Ride our Hydrangeas Took

We give the plants in our yard three simple rules to follow, and one option. They should not die. They should make every effort to grow. They should do their best to look healthy and attractive—most of the time. The … Continue reading

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