Tulip Times

April is a fabulous time for admiring tulips. Each time a spot of brilliant color or a dab of a creamy pastel catches your eye it could very well be a tulip with its easy sway saying hello to you. Tulips are one of my favorite bulbs and easily my first choice in spring flowers. …

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From Boise and San Francisco – Happy Almost Spring!

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to Everyone! Thanks for stopping by and special thanks to Carol at May Dreams for hosting this garden meme where gardeners from around the world post what is blooming in their garden on the 15th of each month.  Hurray Carol! Today I'm doing a combined post with my friend that guest …

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Last out of the Garden, First in the Garden

November has brought a swift wrap-up to much of the garden.  The cold temperatures made sure all lingering warm-season edibles have bit the dust and the few cool-season edibles are no longer showing much growth. Additionally, the ornamental garden has reached its peak color and is now fading to muted form and color and will soon …

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Friday Favorite: An Inspirational Garden in the Rugged Owyhee Mountains

The Owyhee Mountains are located in high altitude Intermountain desert where sagebrush and lava rock are aplenty.  It is a rugged area and you can tell this by taking a quick visual scan of the landscape.  The fortitude of the region gives a big clue as to rigor of the climate and the lifestyle.  You …

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Let the Bells of Ireland Sing!

Ever mistaken a desired flower for a weed?  I have a bit of a story to tell regarding  Moluccella laevis a.k.a. 'Bells of Ireland'.  Just in case you are not familiar with 'Bells of Ireland' it is an annual plant producing beautiful light green flowers, shaped like bells, on strong sturdy stems. 'Bells of Ireland' …

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I like Sambucus…

Say the word Sambucus...(sam-boo-kus)... Isn't it just  fun to say?  I think so but maybe my judgement has been swayed a bit because Sambucus can be an amazing specimen in your garden. Sambucus (also known as elderberry) is a genus of shrubs that can be used in many ways including food, drink, medicine and a great food …

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