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Hip Hip Hooray for Rose Hips!

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 Allow your roses to form hips.
Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season?



Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and winter. They are one of the highest plant sources of Vitamin C. 'Cherry Pie' Rose makes great rose hips:



You can eat them too. Rose hips are used for jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, and wine. They can also be eaten raw if care is used to avoid the hairs inside the fruit.  The redder they are, the softer and sweeter.  




for more info on roses go to Chris Van Cleave - click here.

LITTLE BLUESTEM = a native grass you will love

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'Blue Paradise' Little Bluestem courtesy of Proven WinnersDeep wine purple fall color.
When the American Horticultural Society decided to create a large meadow at their headquarters, River Farm, in Virginia the first plant they seeded was Little Bluestem.( I wrote about this earlier but have added to it. )
Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm
 They applied 100 pounds of Bluestem seed. The Latin name is Schizachyrium scoparium or skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um sko-PAR-ee-um.
Why was this the first plant they seeded? Because Little Bluestem is a NATIVE, wonderful, durable, upright,clump forming grass that is eminently suitable for 'meadow making'. 'The Blues' courtesy of the Battery Database
Little Bluestem is native to almost all of the United States and parts of Canada. It is found in  45 of the 50 states, making it the most abundant of all native grasses.

It is drought and flood-tolerant, can grow in light shade and thrives in relatively poor, sharply drained soil. It is found …

Ideas for a Fall Garden - on Garden Design

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Check out 'Ideas for a Fall Garden' on gardendesign.com. I share some ideas I have used in my landscape projects. 
Please click on the article name above for some great end-of-the-gardening-year ideas for your garden.
The Garden Design website  is a virtual compendium of ideas for your landscape.











Naming Your Garden

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Imagine if there were no street names, no names of places, no identification of any kind...our world would be very difficult to navigate. A name is essential - it gives form, meaning, and creates a concept or image for us to attach our thoughts to.
A good place name instills good feelings, excitement or anticipation...it has the ability to change our perception immediately.  A flower patch can become 'Mom's Garden' and, in a wink of an eye, the rag tag assortment of flowers is a special place indeed.


"I believe in the power and mystery of naming things.... I believe in naming what's right in front of us because that is often what is most invisible. "  Eve Ensler
A name is the first step toward making the invisible, visible, toward manifesting....
If you name your idea for a screenplay, well then, there it is...you just have to write it now....or if you name your budding business it makes it much easier to create those business cards ( that was my experience).

Tried and True Perennial - 'Honorine Jobert' Anemone

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Do you want to be immortalized? Just have someone name a fabulous plant after you.



 Honorine Jobert was a very lucky lady because this flowering Japanese hybrid anemone - Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' - 
is a wonderful bloomer and extremely adaptable. 

Lovely in a woodland setting or in rock gardens. An excellent cut flower. Naturalizes by spreading rhizomes in ideal conditions. Herbaceous perennial.

Blooms from August through September, every year. Zones 4 - 8.

Low maintenance and great in perennial borders, cottage gardens, and city gardens 

Named a 'Tried and True' plant by the Missouri Botanical Garden. 


The week of 'White Dew on the Grass'

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This is the time of 'White Dew on the Grass' in JapanSept 8 - 12 Microseason 43: 白露 Hakuro (White dew)  Now is when you notice white beads of dew in early morning. They say 'on grass' but I see it on flowers and leaves too.   Dew appears between summer and fall when the temperatures drop during the night and moisture in the air solidifies. A magical time indeed.

Annual Flowers - Colorful, Joyful and So Rewarding

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(Jan Johnsen - angelonia, vinca and dusty miller)  

  Annual flowers - those that bloom all summer into late fall then give it up for good - are the secret to a joyful and colorful garden. 
I know people think planting annual flowers take too much work in spring but I say, "go ahead, try it! The rewards in your garden continue into the late fall."
(Jan Johnsen - profusion zinnias, marigolds,salvia, plectranthus)

Colorful annual flowers make us happy, enrich our lives and then sometimes take our breath away, to boot.

(Jan Johnsen - coleus, plectranthus,angelonia, and more)


I know all about annual flowers because after graduating college (landscape architecture focus) decades ago, I went to work in the display gardens at MOHONK MT. HOUSEin New Paltz, NY.

 I was not very happy about the situation because back then, in Landscape architecture school, flowers were not popular. In fact, not even considered!

I thought flowers 'beneath' me because I had drunk the 'koolaid'…

'Fire Marshall' Bee Balm - A New Take on a Favorite Perennial

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FireMarshallBeeBalm General Beebalm is a favorite for the perennial border, with a striking display of richly-colored flowers through the summer months.

'Fire Marshall' Bee Balm (Monarda) is a moderate sized perennial, growing 24 to 36 inches tall, with bright red, shaggy  flowers.  The flowers are a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds, growing above the foliage in the mid to late summer. Good clump forming habit. The leaves have a nice fragrance and are significantly more resistant to powdery mildew than most older varieties.  Fire Marshall is a cross between two of the best beebalms, M. ‘Marshalls Delight’ and M. ‘Jacob Cline’. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.  Deer and rabbits largely leave it alone. A great cut flower. Add this new version of a classic perennial in your garden.  'Fire Marshall' grows best in well drained soils with moderate amounts of moisture.  Full sun. Overall, a fast growing, easy care plant. Zones 5 …

Fun Ideas for Your Garden

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The infographic below illustrates some current garden design ideas. It helps to have some visual inspiration. You can spruce up with lights or add anIndian fire pit .  This is a fun way to think of something more for your garden:









Breathing Space

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The following is an excerpt from a post on the blog, Creative Countryside. The post isSolitude, Spontaneity and Sanity  written by Sarah Hardman.




"Give yourself a bit of breathing space, time to reset. 

By wandering up that footpath – even if you’ll be turning back around again after ten minutes – you’re doing something very important. 



You’re switching off. 

From the requests of others, from conversation. Instead you’re tuning in to the seasons and the details around you: nature. The sound of birds and buzzing insects and the wind in the trees. 

The smell of the earth and sun-warmed grass, the feel of leaves as you brush past.



 Indulge your curiosity. Reset. The obligations and their accompanying emotions: stress, resentfulness, mild anxiety: they can be let go for a little while as you take some time for yourself and savor your surroundings."







'Being There' - Garden Wisdom for the Ages

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One of my favorite movies is "Being There," a 1979 film starring Peter Sellers. 

It was directed by Hal Ashby, adapted from a novella by Jerzy Kozinski.

 Sellers plays Chance, the gardener, who tends the grounds of an estate in Washington, DC.  



Chance has the mind of a child (the role is a forerunner to Forrest Gump) and knows only two things:  gardening and TV.

  He is reclusive and illiterate and has lived and worked on this property his entire life. 

When his boss, the Old Man, dies at the beginning of the film he finds himself on the street and is soon inadvertently walking the halls of power and prestige. 





His encounters with highly placed people are very funny. They are charmed by his simplicity and honesty. 

They think 'Chauncy Gardiner' is a wise and profound man who uses metaphors of the garden to answer deep and thorny questions, when, of course, gardening is all he knows.



He quickly rises to public prominence and becomes a media sensation. The film  exposes a soc…