Category: Ruminations

On Gardens Left Behind

Hearing that several of you are in the process of leaving your current gardens and starting over in new places has gotten me thinking about the fate of gardens that are left behind, either by choice or necessity. What happens to a garden in…

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Death Becomes Them

Misspelled words are usually either annoying or embarrassing, depending on whether you’re reading them or creating them. But every once in a while, they inspire a whole new line of thought. When I recently ran across “necrofilia” (never mind where, but really, it was…

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It’s Personal – Part 2

A few weeks ago, in It’s Personal – Part 1, I started talking about some of the ways I’ve tackled the development of the gardens here at Hayefield, in response to some readers’ questions. I ended that part by mentioning that I have a group…

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It’s Personal – Part 1

Hayefield Day 1 (May 21, 2001) Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day posts offer a great opportunity to show off pretty pictures of the garden, but recently, I’ve had a couple of requests to show the less-than-pretty parts that I’ve only mentioned in passing. So, to…

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Odds and Ends

How exciting to get such an enthusiastic response to the offering of seeds in my last post! I have a little follow-up to do on that project, plus a few other miscellaneous bits of information that I thought you might find interesting or amusing.

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Pretty in Pictures – Part 2

[Part 1] It’s surprisingly easy to find wow moments in your own garden, regardless how little or much effort you put into creating combinations, because the luck factor graces beginners and experts alike. When you’re not comparing your gardens to other people’s pretty pictures,…

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Pretty in Pictures

What can you learn from this picture? That ironweeds (Vernonia), golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia), ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), and Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium/Eupatoriadelphus/Eupatorium maculatum) can all thrive in the same site. And that purple, pink, and yellow can look as good together in fall as…

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