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…