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Death on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Dead-ish Poinsettia

For me, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a bust this month. This poinsettia has been living happily on our dining table, in front of a big southern window since Christmas.  At night we close the lined curtains, to slightly moderate heat loss. I’ve kept it watered, but yesterday I came downstairs and when I opened the curtains I saw that it was withered and drooping. I don’t think it was below 32 degrees in our living space, but it was cool.  Did several nights of zero degree temperatures prove too much for it?  What happened?  Any ideas?


This cyclamen did pretty well on this uncurtained windowsill, but a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the window side of the plant was dying. I suspect the plant will recover. In the fall. Unlike poinsettias, cyclamen don’t mind cold weather, although putting it right next to  window was probably too much to ask.

That is my sad report on this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in February 2014, but I am sure you will find many happier stories if you click here.  I can always count on our hos Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for optimism.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 2013


Thomas Affleck rose

On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in my Massachusetts hilltop garden we have  come through only one good frost, but the garden is slowly falling to sleep. Thomas Affleck is still blooming, and sporadic blossoms are still being thrown out by The Fairy, Meideland red and white, Hawkeye Belle and Knock Out Double Red.

The Fairy

Grandpa Ott

Grandpa Ott is a morning glory that is still blooming, in front of the house and down in the Potager, as we grandly call the vegetable garden. The Potager is still enjoying blooming annual salvia, annual gomphrena, zinnias, and Agastache ‘Cana’ which will definitely have to be divided in the spring!


Blue lobelia

The standard blue lobelia has been quietly blooming all summer long.

Japanese anemone

I love my Japanese anemone – and so do the deer. Not much is left of her.


‘Starlet’ spoon mums

‘Starlet’ spoon mum is struggling a bit, but I appreciate her golden face.

Purple aster

Fall is time for asters, but pink Alma Potchke is already gone.

Sheffield daisies

Sheffield daisies, sheffies, are wonderful strong growers that bloom into October. Mine have barely started. My Montauk daisies have also barely begun.


I will end the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day post with some sunny nasturtiums. The day itself promises sunny, and time to get  out and continue cutting back and cleaning the garden.

Thank you Carol for hosting  Garden Bloggers’s Bloom Day. I’ve gotten a headstart today but you’ll  be able to see what else is blooming all over the  country here.

Bloom Day September 15, 2013

Alma Potchke aster

It has been quite a summer! Rain all through June. Drought all through July. And a very dry August, so you can imagine how I welcome the 2 inches of rain last week. The garden has been thirsty most of the season so some plants have really suffered, but bloom will entirely be denied.  Alma Potchke has just begun to bloom

Neon sedum

Right next to Alma Potchke is this sedum which I think is Neon.  It doesn’t look that bright, but I like it, and it hasn’t minded the variable weather. Hot. Cold. Dry. Wet.


This spring I planted a flat of the tiniest lisianthus seedlings. It is only this month that I have gotten any blooms. This is a real ‘florist’s flower’ and it is beautiful, but I think it needs a little more cosseting than I tend to give my plants. You can see there is a remnant of a phlox next to it, and remnants of phlox appear in a ragged way throughout the garden.

Japanese anemone

This is the second year for this Japanese anemone. The clump is larger, but very short this year. I think maybe due to so much dry weather.


In the Herb Bed there is a small tangle of cosmos blooming with Grandpa Ott morning glory and fighting with the horseradish which I thought I had totally dug out.



I stuck some extra acidanthra bulbs in the Herb Bed next to the bee balm. They do not show to best advantage here. That’s what happens when you’ve run out of time and thought in the spring. The acidanthra does not seem insulted however.

Thomas Affleck

The ever dependable Thomas Affleck rose continues to bloom at the end of the Herb Bed. There are occasional blooms on Buck roses, Hawkeye Belle and Folksinger, but this not rose season at the end of the road.

There are a few zinnias and gomphrena down in the vegetable garden, the hydrangeas look great and I am glad to note that the season is not over.

I am a day late, but still glad to join in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 15, 2013

Ann Varner Dayliliy

On this Garden Bloggers Bloom day there are some surprises.  The weather should not surprise anymore, but it does, and often causes gnashing of teeth. In June we had a glorious 12 inches of rain. In July there was no rain! It was hot! An official heat wave. In August it has been much cooler and we had 4 inches of rain so far. Still there are lots of blooms in the un-irrigated flower gardens. The Daylily Bank is drawing down but Ann Varner is still magnificent.

Helenium “Mardi Gras”

In spite of the dry, and now cool weather the Helenium  is a colorful clump.

Black Beauty lilies

I have to lie under them to get a shot of the Black Beauties. The blossoms of the lilies and the adjacent crimson bee  balm are not very big this year. Note to self. More compost in this spot. The other lilies are also still blooming by the house.

Artemesia lactiflora

Artemesia lactiflora has much less dramatic blossoms,  but they are dainty, and much taller than usual this year.

Achillea ‘The Pearl’

Achillea is another dainty flower, but a strong grower. The only other yarrow blooming now is the sulphur yellow variety. Nameless.

Joe Pye Weed

This new Joe Pye Weed has just come into bloom.  I don’t know if it is a miniature, or just not fully feeling its oats this first year.

Echinacea and Miss Lingaard phlox

The big clump of Echinacea purpurea will need to be divided but it is gorgeous this year. The white phlox is Miss Lingaard and it should have bloomed in June!  The Russian sage on the other side of the Echinacea is also blooming well.

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

‘Limelight’ is the only one of the three ‘new’ hydrangeas to have recovered very well from a good browsing from the deer, but ‘Pinky Winky’ and the oakleaf hydrangea do have a few small blossoms.

Thomas Affleck rose

A visiting friend sighed that there were probably no roses anymore. Well, not quite. Thomas Affleck, as usual, is putting out a strong second flush, and other roses put out an occasional bloom


Folksinger, a Griffith Buck hybrid also put out a good second flush. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of his delicate decline. I do not think he has much strength left for this season.

Also blooming are the tall veronicas, very tall and deeply blue aconite, cimicifuga, a few zinnias and  gomphrena. Not too bad, and there is still more to come which makes me happy.

To see what else is  blooming across our  great nation go to May Dreams Gardens where Carol hosts Bloom Day. Thank you Carol!

Bloom Day May 15, 2013

Waldensteinia, barren strawberry and daffodils

Last spring was early and hot and on Bloom Day there was a lot of bloom. Things are moving slowly this Bloom Day. This is an  area of my lawn reduction project. Waldsteinia has spread over the past three years and I’m underplanted with daffodils.

Barren strawberry close up

Waldsteinia is a beautiful plant and it is just coming into bloom. It is not  any kind of strawberry plant.

Miniature daffodils

These miniature daffodils are some of the daffs growing amid the barren strawberry

Miniature white daffodil

Some daffodils are growing in the grass. I haven’t gotten the groundcover this far.

Flowery Mead

My lawn is not fine turf. I call it a flowery mead. Right now it is blooming with blue and white violets, and of course, dandelions.

Forget Me Nots

Many of the spring bloomers are small, like these Forget Me Nots.

Grape hyacinths

TI can see these pale grape hyacinths from the house. The familiar blue ones are growing in the grass by the miniature daffs.

Yellow epimedium

I am so  glad I gave epimediums a try. They are NOT too tender for Heath.


This primrose  did so well in a shady spot in back of the house I am planting more in this spot this year.


My forsythia is looking much better than usual, but that isn’t saying much.

Red orchid cactus

And my orchid cactus has gone wild!

I thank Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom day and giving us all a chance to see what is blooming across our great land today.

You will also see what is (mostly) Wordless this Wednesday.



The Little Cyclamen That Could on March Bloom Day


White cyclamen with Guan Yin

This little white cyclamen on my bedroom windowsill has been blooming and blooming  for two months. At least. Our bedroom is very cool, down to 55 degrees at night so the cycalmen has been very happy here.  I really need a cold bedroom to sleep well. My husband tolerates it. I might turn the heat up during the day while I am working on the upstairs computer, otherwise I spend my of my day downstairs near the woodstove – where most of the housework lives. Not to mention my laptop. The cyclamen and Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compasion with all her magic tools, is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning. Easy to start off the day in a good frame of mind when I can carry these images with me all during the day.

Pink tulips

This pot of pink tulips is still blooming even though they were planted at exactly at the same time as my round pot of tulips which I wrote about recently here. I treated them just the same, but when the round pot began to bloom so much earlier I started keeping this pot in the sitting room which is cooler room than our main living space.

Pink tulip close-up

The tulips are just beautiful in the early morning sun.

Paper whites – dried

It would be fun to say that the paper whites from Brent and Becky are still in bloom, like the cyclamen, after two months, but alas, it is not so. Still, I haven’t gotten rid of these flowers just because they have dried so beautifully. I don’t remember ever having this experience with paper whites before.

Carol of May Dreams Gardens has been hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for years. I love having the chance to what else is in bloom on the 15th of the month all across the land, and Bloom Day had given me a record of my own garden through the months and years. Thank you Carol!


Bloom Day February 2013

Paper White Narcissus

On this Bloom Day the ground is covered with snow and the plow drifts are still  substantial. My indoor blooms are modest. These paper whites, a bonus from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, have been blooming for over a month. A couple of the stems collapsed, but I cut the blooms off and they continue in a little glass vase.


This little pot of primroses was a door prize at the annual meeting of the Greenfield Garden Club. I will plant it  outdoors when the snow is gone. We’ll see if it has enough vigor to survive after  all these indoor days.

White Cyclamen

I found this little pot of white cyclamen in a forgotten corner of the piazza in the fall when I  brought the houseplants in. I began to water it again and that is all it needed. It began to bloom before Christmas and will continue for a little while longer I think. They are beautiful on my bedroom windowsill.

I thank Carol at May Dreams Gardens every month for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and giving us all a chance to show what we have blooming. This is a great gift for us all, especially those who have so few winter blooms. Click here to see all those other blooms.


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 15,2012

Christmas cactus

I never have much in bloom at this time of the year. but on this Garden Bloggers Boom Day I have something to show. My big Christmas cactus sits in the corner of our bedroom and thrives with no care at all. A smaller Christmas cactus sits on the kitchen divider, the only blooming plant in public space. Lots more blooms to come on both.


This little pot of cyclamen , bought last February, spent the summer forgotten under a shelf on the piazza where it had fallen. When I brought plants indoors in September, this little plant was showing new growth. Brave little plant. And determined.

Succulent in bloom

I brought the two hypertufa troughs I made into the house in the fall, not because I was worried about the plants, but because I was worried about the troughs. The troughs, and my potted bulbs are resting in  our unheated, but sunny, Great Room. Some of the succulents are hibernating, but this mystery plant is blooming, and has been blooming for over a month. If anyone has any ideas what type of succulent it is I’d be happy to know. The garden shop where I  bought it, could not name it.

Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. Click here and see who else is celebrating – and with more energy that I am showing at the End of the Road.

Glory in the Morning on Bloom Day

Grandpa Ott morning gloryGood glory in the morning on these August days. Things are looking a little fresher after the 2-1/2 inches of rain we had this past weekend. And another inch last night.  At first I didn’t think I had much in bloom – and then I took another look.

Aconite and Moth Light hydrangea

I didn’t expect the aconite would be embracing the Moth Light hydrangea – or vice versa.


I bought a bag of acidanthra bulbs on a whim and them forgot where I planted them, and even that I had planted them

Arizona Sun Gaillardia

Arizona Sun Gaillardia are doing well – after a slow start – and so are the Oranges and Lemons gaillardias in the other bed.

Shastas, echinacea, Russian sage

The Switzerland shasta daisies are really just about gone. Deadheading needed.

Other plants in bloom: an occasional rose, Cana agastache, bee balm, daylilies, phlox, Black Beauty lilies (much smaller this year I think because of the drought), impatiens, and pots of million bells,  petunias and fuschia. Tigridia bulbs in pots also still putting out a bloom a day.

For views of what is blooming in other gardens across our great land visit Carol, our host, at May Dreams Gardens.

If you want to  look at other beautiful photographs check out Wordless Wednesday. I am only mostly Wordless.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 15, 2012

Daylily Bank

It’s Bloom Day and this is the big show in my garden right now, the daylily bank.  I have records of the names of these daylilies, but I’d be hard put to identify them all now.

The Fairy rose

Many of the roses just have a bloom or two, but The Fairy will go on and on. I have one in each of the Lawn Beds.

Purington rambler rose

The Purington rambler rose, an old un-named rose, has been and will be exuberant for some time. The Rose Bank is one place where I am really glad for such a vigorous grower.


I planted Folksinger, one of Griffith Buck’s hardy rose hybrids, this spring and didn’t expect any bloom, but here it is.

Linda Campbell rugosa

Linda Cambell rugosa is a survivor of the Sunken Garden. When I discovered her struggling along among the weeds two years ago I moved her to the new  Rose Bank. She is still struggling but what a bouquet at the end of its single cane.

Ghislaine de Feligonde

Ghislaine de Feligonde, one of my favorite roses, is still putting out a few blossoms which makes me so happy.

Thomas Affleck

Thomas Affleck, the only rose I make any attempt to deadhead for new blooms, is already beginning its second flush, even where I haven’t deadheaded. It is determined to bloom and bloom. This is an amazing rose bred at the Antique Rose Emporium.

Achillea "Terra Cotta"

There are a few other things in bloom besides roses, like  rusty gold Achillea “Terra Cotta” which is such a beautiful color. This is a wonderful addition to the Front or Early Garden in front of the house which is mostly given over to vegetables. And then the Daylily Bank, of course. Other achilleas are also blooming in the garden, “Paprika”, and a rosy red. Achillea ‘The Pearl’ is just about to bloom, and of course, there are the wild yarrows that grow along my drive. I love them all.

Scarlet bee balm

I put this scarlet bee balm (Colrain Red?) down in the Potager because potagers should have flowers as well as vegetables. The soil there is so much better than in the herb bed that the flowers are much lovelier than the ones in the Herb Bed. A lesson in the importance of good soil.


This datura has been one of the great surprises of the season. I only knew about the beautiful blossoms, and when I bought the small seedling early this spring I expected that the plant would be quite large before it bloomed, but it is blooming on quite a small plant and I think I have a good season ahead of me. A warning. Datura is poisonous in all its parts.

Delphinium, Switzerland daisy and Mothlight hydrangea

This is one of my favorite plantscapes – Switzerland shastas, Connecticut Yankee delphinium and the huge Mothlight hydrangea.

Other newer hydrangeas along the side of the road are putting out a few blossoms, oakleaf hydrangea and Pinky Winky. Other perennials in bloom are the gaillardias “Arizona Sun” and “Oranges and Lemons” from Bluestone Perennials,

There is more bloom in pots, osteospurnum, lobelias, petunias, annual salvia, and even the succulents are putting out blossoms. I moved these pots to the edge of the Entry Piazza, out from under the roof line where I put two chairs, and it changes the approach dramatically. I can almost imagine I am on a Tuscan piazza. All it takes is a glass of wine.

I thank Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting Bloom Day. For more about what is blooming across the country this July, in spite of all the weather difficulties, click here.