‘Your Services Are No Longer Required’

It’s amazing how one thing leads to another. Remember my brief mention of an overenthusiastic volunteer conifer, at the start of my Disappointing Surprise post? It’s been here for at least five years and only registered in my consciousness as That Volunteer Conifer. It turns out that the correct description was “volunteer male Juniperus virginiana,…

A Disappointing ‘Surprise’

Gardening holds so many surprises; some pleasant, and some…not so. Some are open to interpretation, such as the discovery of ‘volunteer’ plants that may or may not be welcome (a hint to Toxicodendron radicans: you’re not.) And sometimes the initial evaluation changes over time, such as the cute little 8-inch-tall volunteer conifer I discovered at…

New Month, New Look

I realize that I’m fudging a bit by trying to pass August 8th off as the ‘start’ of a new month, but it certainly does feel as if we’re not that far into it. Anyway, you’ve probably noticed that as of today, the site has a new, updated look that I hope everyone finds easier…

Doing a Slow Burn on a Hot Day

This post is a combination of a Rant and a What Would You Do question. Let me set the stage: In late May, I ordered six Epimedium ‘Flame Thrower’ despite their $18/each price tag, because they will be a perfect fit for my new red-and-yellow color scheme for that bed: The current and/or future residents…

Limited-Edition Bird Sculptures by Connoisseur of Malvern

Here is a veritable aviary of limited-edition porcelain bird studies by Connoisseur of Malvern. Most were sculpted by Christopher Ashenden, although there are a few exceptions. The only limited editions not included here are the ones previously shown in my overview of their Raptors, Parrots and Water Birds. I have sorted these by introduction/issue year…