Mayapple – A Spring Ephemeral and Summer Poison

  • Post published:08/09/2021
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Mayapple early

Over the years I saw mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) growing around trees making a great ground cover. For several years I admired the large leaves but never saw any apples so the name mayapple seemed very odd. Even  so I planted a few on our hugel. They flourished. But I never saw a flower. Mayapples emerge from the ground in April. This photo was taken on April 26, 2020. (more…)

My Three Hydrangeas – Limelight, Angel’s Blush and Fire Light

  • Post published:08/04/2021
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Limelight panicle hydrangea

The Limelight panicle hydrangea was one of three very large hydrangeas we planted in our new garden six years ago. We planted them along our next door neighbor’s driveway. They provided us with a ‘friendly fence’, and gave her the view of beautiful flowers instead of the side of our house. (more…)

Carefree Beauty and Thomas Affleck – Two Sturdy Stunning Roses

  • Post published:07/29/2021
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Carefree Beauty – a Griffith Buck Rose

Griffith Buck, a professor at Iowa State University, was ahead of his time. He bred 80 roses over many years. I was quick to fall in love with Buck roses because I was living high on a hill with very cold winters. Carefree Beauty was one of the first Buck roses I bought and planted.  It tolerated the cold, rarely had trouble with insects or disease, and wasn’t fussy about the soil. I was a new rose gardener and Buck roses were  the perfect way to start. (more…)

My Stroll Garden Loves the Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers

  • Post published:07/25/2021
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Brilliant poppies on the Bridge of Flowers

Yesterday, on our way home from a Heath party, we stopped at the Bridge of Flowers to see what is blooming. It is such a gift – the Bridge is not only blooming, we are now allowed to walk across the Bridge and see the ever changing flowers. (more…)

Stop! Birds Become Sick Swimming and Sipping in Birdbaths

  • Post published:07/21/2021
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Six birds happily splashing in the birdbath

From our kitchen window we have happily been watching birds splash around in our birdbath. We wash out the birdbath every day,  but we have just gotten bad news from Mass Audubon. (more…)

Tardy! Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2021

  • Post published:07/17/2021
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Bloom Day Medley

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is late for me this July, but we will begin anyway, in spite of all the rain. The plants mostly seemed to enjoy the rain – as you can tell from this array on the hell strip. There is golden achillea (yarrow), echinacea (coneflower), daylilies, and if you look very very closely you can see one of the bee balm blossoms. Many of these plants are in the main garden behind the house. (more…)

Forbes Library Garden Tour – July 17- 2021

  • Post published:07/11/2021
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Carrie N. Baker

Last summer there was no Forbes Library Garden Tour. The Covid-19 pandemic threw all our expectations and schedules and plans up in the air. The special events in every season that promised excitements and camraderie were cut down to Zoom gatherings. But now, at last, we can again thank the Forbes Library for the beautiful Garden Tour with its many delights. (more…)

Bird – Then Birds – Visiting and Bathing – View from the Window

  • Post published:07/09/2021
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Bluejay at the birdbath

The birdbath in our garden is located so that we can look out from the kitchen window and see what the birds are doingl  The birdbath is located at the edge of our energetic yellow twig dogwood which is currently rich with seeds. We understand that the  birds need a little privacy. Our yellow twig provides lots of privacy. We can recognize a bluejay when we see one, which makes us very  happy. (more…)

The Fourth of July – Stars and Stripes and Political Division

  • Post published:07/05/2021
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Stars and Stripes and the NYT

A front page story of Sunday’s New York Times shows a young man, Peter Treiber, Jr., standing in front of his vegetable truck at a farmer’s market. The side of the truck was painted with our Stars and Stripes flag, a perfect design for the Fourth of July. But no one was stopping to buy his honey, wild bergamot or sunflowers. At last he stopped a customer to ask why no one was shopping with him. “She said, ‘Oh, you know, I wasn’t so sure about you. I thought you were some flag-waver something or other.” Mr. Treiber was not happy to think that our flag could have this dichotomy between the ways people now thought about our flag. Our Flag! (more…)

Asclepias tuberosa and Lobelia cardinalis for Bees, Hummingbirds and Butterflies

  • Post published:06/28/2021
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Pollinator Week may be over, but we must think about  Aesclepias and Lobelia cardinalis every week - along with other flowers that will attract pollinators. We are all familiar with the common milkweeds of the field that bloom, and the flowers that produce green seed pods turning brown as they mature. When mature the pod will split open and we can see 50-100 seeds, each seed attached to a white, fluffy 'coma' or parachute that can send the…