Category Archives: Summer

THE SUBLIME WORLD OF DAHLIAS

August 26, 2018

The Sublime World of Dahlias

Here in the Northeast, Dahlias are coming into season, so, I thought it would be great time to share some interesting facts about the sublime world of dahlias. The dahlia flowers and tubers are edible, but I recommend growing them for their beauty instead. Common Name | Dahlia Botanical Name | Dahlia Family | Asteraceae Type | Tuberous perennial

Origin | Central America Zone | I...

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I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED RAINBOWS

August 12, 2018

I have always loved rainbows

I have always loved rainbows. When I was in junior high school, my mom helped me to decorate my bedroom with a rainbow theme. We found the perfect comforter that had a huge rainbow on it. With my mom’s eye for decorating and my rainbow theme, my room was transformed into a bright and joyful place to be. I hope you can take a moment today and celebrate being alive, too. Gratitude and adventure i...

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JOY, SURPRISE AND FRUSTRATION

July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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LET NATURE TAKE OVER

September 03, 2017

Let Nature Take Over

It really wasn’t the summer I expected it to be, though that doesn’t mean it was a bad summer, just a different summer. I guess it started with the wonderful intentions of planting my cutting garden early, but it didn’t quite happen that way. As I write this, I am sad that I didn’t get it all done as I’d hoped, but often for me that is the case… I did, however, enjoy planting each curi...

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4 SUMMER FLOWER TIDBITS

August 27, 2017

4 Summer Flower Tidbits

I’m always trying to learn more about flowers. Below are a few things I have learned about some of the summer flowers that are growing in my garden. If you have any summer flower tidbits, I would love it if you would share them with me below in the comments section. 1. SNOW IN SUMMER?!? This is a flower that I added to my garden last year. I planted it, not only for its sweet, white flower...

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NO WEEDING REQUIRED

July 02, 2017

Red Shirley Poppy

I love my perennial and cutting gardens in Vermont. There is always something to be planning all year round. I get the chance to peruse the flowers and seeds at the local garden centers and catalogs, plan each garden, play in the dirt, and watch a living painting emerge in our backyard, giving me joy all spring, summer and fall. Yet another lesson flowers have to teach me: to let go and let it ha...

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LETTING IT HAPPEN

September 15, 2015

Hungarian Blue Bread Seed Poppy

It really wasn’t the summer I expected it to be, though that doesn’t mean it was a bad summer, just a different summer. I guess it started with the wonderful intentions of planting my cutting garden early, though it didn’t quite happen that way, and as I write this I feel sad that I didn’t get it all done as I had hoped. But then I remind myself that there is always next year, and any sadn...

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Sleeping Through The Summer

September 08, 2015

Blooming holiday gift ideas - Floating Petals floral community - Picotee Amaryllis

All summer long I’m thinking about my gardens outside: enjoying their beauty, weeding them, and thinking about what I can add to them next year. What I forget about are the winter forced bulbs that are on the shelf in our garage, where they are doing their thing: resting and rejuvenating for the upcoming fall and winter. I’m pretty sure I forget about them, as it’s not a pretty shelf: a shel...

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SUMMER FLOWER TIDBITS

August 03, 2015

Lisianthus Echo Champagne

I recently came across some notes I’ve been putting together with some interesting tidbits on summer flowers, and I thought I would start to share them with you today. If you have any interesting flower tidbits, I would love it if you would share it down below in the discussion.   1. Following the sun Shasta Daisies and Sunflowers are both heliotropic, which means they trac...

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