Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Combos in the Garden


The summer garden is now in full swing. As some plants fade and others shine, different combinations emerge. Some of these are planned, some are happy accidents. No matter what the premeditation, these combinations caught my eye as I walked through the garden this morning,.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'


There seems to be a bit of disagreement when it comes to pronouncing Agastache (with the consensus pointing towards ag-ah-STAK-ee), but you'll get no argument from me about the greatness of 'Blue Fortune', a cross between the US native A. foeniculum and the Korean A. rugosum. This is the first time I've grown this plant in my garden, and I couldn't be happier. It quickly grew to three feet tall with continual flower spikes another foot above.  It has completely filled a sunny corner of the front garden, providing nectar to countless bees and other pollinators.

I'd count Agastache 'Blue Fortune' among my favorite new plants in this year's garden.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

7 Design Ideas for the Garden


I'm not a great student when it comes to garden design. My personal library contains hundreds of titles, but I'm always at a loss to answer the question -- "What is your garden design style?" -- with any sense of academic rigor or historical reference. Where I may fail to express a single underlying philosophy or overarching style, I can more easily speak in terms of smaller design ideas that I use throughout my garden.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Growing Pretty Food.


I'm really particular about how my garden looks, so for years I shied away from growing food because I didn't relate to its aesthetic. But I was truly missing out on the wonderful architecture and texture of many fruits and veggies. Now, I'm happy to #GrowPrettyFood!

Dragonfly on Goldenrod


I've seen an increase in dragonflies since planting the new front garden. This one is resting on the tip of a great Goldenrod called 'Fireworks'.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Bloom Emerges


A bloom emerges to the world, puts forth its best show, then drops to the ground to become part of the soil that feeds its future. Much like us, the daylily becomes a collection of its own history, but a different -- and hopefully stronger -- version of itself each day.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Arrival of Ani


Almost a year ago, I wrote the following words about a lily named 'Anastasia':

"I could have lain below these blooms for hours, the perfection of their form so mesmerizing, their scent so intoxicating. A Siren on a stem, but without the rocky shore."  



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hemerocallis 'All American Chief'


'All American Chief' opened its first bloom today. But there are plenty more buds to go. Think this one may stop people in their tracks at the edge of the sidewalk.