Category Archives: Specific Plants

I Think I Killed My Fuschia

Fuschia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ (or ‘Bonnsted, as I first saw it listed) is one of my favorite plants. Tender in my area (Zone 5), it has gorgeous, hummingbird-attracting blooms and dark foliage. I think I’ve killed mine. How? Simply enough. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Friday Flowers – August 7, 2015

First off, there was a tornado here Monday night, passing within about a half mile south of me. I had no damage of any kind, but others weren’t so fortunate. It was an EF1, with the main damage to trees, … Continue reading

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Summer Gardening – It’s Too Darn Hot!

I’ve mentioned often that I’m heat- and sun-intolerant. As I remember, this started in my teens. I remember going out in my bathing suit to lie on the deck at home and try to get some tan. After a very … Continue reading

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Bloom River Gardens – Review

This year I ordered two dwarf conifers from Bloom River Gardens online, chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Cumulus’ and ‘White Pygmy.’ I had had both of these before, but they died after an extremely severe winter where they were buried under close to … Continue reading

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Why I Cut Down the Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn sumac – botanical name rhus typhina – is an interesting structural element in the garden most of the year, and utterly spectacular in the fall. This picture shows that the staghorn is – at least, mine was – a … Continue reading

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