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2009-08-01 :: megan // Plants
Stupid sun

I had a few garden dropouts with this string of hot days. Poor little Rhododendron macabeanum looks sad, sad, sad. Can this one be saved? I’m breaking out its winter frost cages to make a little shade house for it for the next week, and getting it a slow steady supply of water, in hopes [...]

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A Gunnera, one of many water loving plants in the garden. I couldn’t tell if there was any special water retention plan in place, a man made bog or anything. It looked like it was a matter of the moisture lovers being planted close to the sprinkler heads and the canopy of mature trees. I’m [...]

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2009-05-26 :: megan // Plants
Bog love

Since I called my rodgersia boring yesterday, I think my bog is showing off, proving it deserves a little credit. I’m amazed that something basically as simple as lining a big hole with plastic allows a plain old dry garden to grow plants that would otherwise sulk and die. Everything in there is planted for [...]

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Hypothetically, if you were a gardener who had recently become unemployed and were making an effort to be frugal and only spend money on necessities and emergencies, is getting your annual load of compost an emergency, or at least a necessity, knowing how much better the whole yard looks when you mulch it with a [...]

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2008-12-16 :: megan // Plants
Good in the snow

I don’t mean to be an ingrate. I spend the entire year wishing for snow, and this year we got it, and it even stuck around, when we are usually lucky if we get to keep it around for a few hours. But this snow? I’m just going to say it. Sucks. Proper snow is [...]

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Saturday morning, we were supposed to have a low of 38, but when I took the dogs out first thing in the morning, we had serious business frost. I’m still not prepared for winter, and it probably means the garden will be a little more bare than I left it when I get back in [...]

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#1. Moss covered branches in winter #2. Big leafed rhododendrons #3. Moss gardens #4. Monster leaves of Gunnera #5. Hairy fiddleheads #6. Alien beauties like Pinellia cordata #7. Spring leaves of the golden full moon maple #8. The pleated new growth of rubus lineatus #9. Sharp spines of agaves against a velvety bamboo backdrop #10. [...]

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2008-11-14 :: megan // Plants
November happenings

Some of the trees are naked, but there’s still plenty of garden eye-candy in Mid-November. Either I have done an excellent job of planting more winter interest, or it is not really winter yet (it’s the latter). I had honestly hoped for more out of my Gunnera this year. I built a bog just for [...]

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2008-10-10 :: megan // Plants
Looking back on the season

I’m getting better over time at making a new area look more established quicker. It took me almost 10 years to get my early plantings big and filled in, but an area I just cleared and planted this year took shape over the last 6 months. It will mature and look better over the years [...]

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