Category: Gardening

Scents and Sensitivity

Narcissus Lemon Beauty

How to reconcile a love of gardening with severe fragrance allergies? Sensitivity to certain scents isn’t that unusual, and if it were merely a few things that send my histamine receptors into overdrive it wouldn’t be that bad. I’ve had allergies of one sort or another since birth; the only change over the years has…

Temporary Garden Mid-June Catch-Up

Because I’ve been dilatory in my picture-taking this will just be a photographic overview in rough chronological order from mid-May to mid-June.   The evergreen azaleas were mostly underwhelming but this pink one looked quite nice with the fern snuggling up to it.   There were about a half dozen of these pink aquilegias scattered…

Revisiting a Former House and Garden

Recently I learned that the house at which I made my first garden (also the scene of the Great Greenhouse Debacle described here and here) had just been put up for sale; a public open house was an irresistible opportunity to see the place I sold twelve years ago. There were some interior photos in…

Late to the Party

Perhaps this tardy Cornus kousa in the backyard of the Temporary Garden thinks it’s fashionable to be late? Although every self-respecting dogwood hereabouts — including the similarly-sized one near the driveway here — has already put on its green coat and left the party three weeks ago, this one is just blooming now. In fact…

What’s in a Name?

Rose Tipsy Imperial Concubine

I am a pushover for a creative/weird/clever/punny (take your pick) plant cultivar name.. so much, that I have on occasion lusted after a particular plant simply for its name alone. The first one was the evergreen azalea ‘I’ll Be Damned’, back in the 1980s. Granted, it wasn’t just the name: this variety produces a fair…

Return of the Fungi

alien fungus from the Planet Zork returns

Remember the weird “alien from the Planet Zork” fungi (?) shown in the the last photo in  my early May post? Well, I never did get a chance to bring a sample of it to the lab at the Cooperative Extension Service before the mulch was put down last week, but I figured oh well,…

Mulch Madness

lovely 100% cedar mulch

In order to keep from being driven insane this summer trying to maintain a beachhead against the hordes of weeds infesting the Temporary Garden, there were only two alternatives: chemicals constantly applied, or a budget-busting amount of mulch. Once the humidity and mosquitoes arrive with a vengeance in June (ours feast all day long, not…