Category Archives: summer bloom

My Favorite Summer Garden

By the time August arrives here in the south the fresh-faced blooms of early summer are gone. Hydrangea blossoms begin to look like old lace and daylily scapes turn to disposable, dried-up stalks (unless a gardener refuses to deprive dragonflies … Continue reading

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Fifty Ways to Lose. . .That Special Plant

Fifty Ways to Lose. . .That Special Plant Maybe not 50, but the couple dozen methods below have been extensively field-tested over a thirty-year period by seasoned experts (the author and fellow gardeners) whose experience and credentials are unshakeable. Let’s … Continue reading

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A Day in the Garden

Got to get to that weedy patch today. Absolute priority. It’s gone so long the weeds think they have a right to hobnob with, no, be the boss of and push around my lovelies. Someone has already called to ask … Continue reading

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Midsummer Madness

The thing about spring is its order. There is a natural progression starting from bare twigs, bare earth to lovely bloom. There is space, precious precious space, for plants to expand and show off. Insects are usually a little behind … Continue reading

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Serendipity Twice Around

Fifteen years ago I did a piece for a garden column about three native fall-bloomers that I discovered in the rich remains of a defunct compost pile. The trio tickled me each time I passed them. They seemed to hum … Continue reading

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A Pollinator’s Heaven

I wish we could say we were brilliant and actually planned this little bit of heaven. Like everything else in our garden, it simply evolved. It happened this way. Several trees, their structure internally damaged by Hurricane Isabel, had to … Continue reading

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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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