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My Garden In The Wall Street Journal, August Zone 4 Flowers

Posted Aug 21 2010 5:00am
On Monday I received a comment from Tatyana author of the lovely blog, My Secret Garden, who saw my name and a picture of my xeric front garden in the Wall Street Journal. My garden was included in the article written by Anne-Marie Chaker, Gardening Without a Sprinkler ,  Wall Street Journal  August 18, 2010.  How  fun! The picture that was used is from my post on July Garden Front Xeric Flowers .

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I took this picture about 10 days ago. The William Baffin Rose is still blooming.  Golden Glow, Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’, an old fashioned perennial that grow 4 to 5 feet tall, is held upright in between the rose and the lamp post.
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Over the summer I’ve captured the changes of the front xeric garden. This one is from today. Notice the Russian Sage and the….
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Self-sown Eurphorbia marginata ‘kilimanjaro’ also know around here as Snow on the Mountain. Years ago I planted these from seeds and every year they self-sow where they choose. I like the bright whiteness that they add to the garden.  Euphorbias have a white latex like fluid when cut. A few years ago I was yanking them out by the handfuls and a bit of the liquid splashed into my eye. It burned!  My eye turned red. I was happy to be able to get in right away with our local eye doctor.  It was just irritated.  Now, I am more careful about handling them.
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August brought lots of Echinops and Monarch Butterflies.  What lovely polka dots. See the proboscis. It works like a straw. I took many butterfly pictures. They let me get so close!  No spider pictures in this post.

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I found this little guy, a baby turtledove resting on a trumpet vine. At first I stood back, but after a bit I got quite close. He did not seem to mind.  While I worked in the garden he spent a few more hours in the vine.  Finally I heard his parents cu-cu-roo and then he was gone.  I imagine they nested in the area and have become used to me.  I hear them every morning.
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