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Bluebirds and More Bluebirds by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I was quite excited a few weeks ago when I checked my bluebird house at night with a flashlight and saw through the entrance some blue feathers.  So the next day I open ... Read on »
Daffodil Season by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening It's daffodil season and the hundred or so daffodil bulbs I planted several years ago are all coming up.  I planted two orders of the naturalizing mixture from White Fl ... Read on »
First Snow and Mr. Fox by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I have been mostly MIA for the past year.  I have a good excuse though: I got cancer and had to have surgery for it last spring.  The timing was particularly unfortunate, ... Read on »
A Winter's Nap by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening This is what the deer do in the winter, especially now that I have no dogs to bother them: They may be in for a surprise this Spring though--I will probably be ... Read on »
Which Iris is This? by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I got this tall, bearded iris at least 8 years ago.  I have no idea what its name is.   But I notice that, unlike most iris you see in catalogs today, its petals are not r ... Read on »
Clematis Montana by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening My clematis Montana 'Rubens' is in full-bloom on my deck.  This plant is amazingly vigorous and needs no care at all except hacking it back occassionally when it starts to ... Read on »
The Daffodils Are Gone by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Their flowers are spent.  Now I have to wait for the leaves to brown and wither.  I planted around 100 of them over a two-year period "naturalized" on the outskirts of my ... Read on »
Robin's Egg Blue by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I found this half of an egg this morning when I let the dogs out.  I love this color: robin's egg blue.  Read on »
My First Plant Swap by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening The Mid-Atlantic forum on the Gardenweb website had a plant swap today.  I'd never been to one before so I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was very well-attended--must hav ... Read on »
Lycoris by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Last summer, my husband and I went to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  But we also visited a much smaller garden (part of an old estate) just outside of Wilmington, Dela ... Read on »
The Kitchen Garden by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I had a kitchen garden put in in the fall of 2001.  It was a 20th anniversary present from my husband.  It has raised cedar beds, gravel paths, and a 5-foot fence around i ... Read on »
I'm on a quest by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening for wooden seedling flats.  I searched the Internet and it looks like no one has them to sell.  Today I pricked-out my Canterbury Bells.  I've finally figured out a tec ... Read on »
A Satelite View by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening  Here is a satelite photo of our property.  You can see that the kitchen garden is very large--too large.  It's approximately 40 x 40 feet.  It's the square at center bott ... Read on »
Visit to Brookside Gardens by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Last week, husband and I visited Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland.  This is our closest, large public garden--only a half-hour drive away.  Among its attractions is ... Read on »
Slow Sweetpeas by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I started Sweetpeas from seed this winter, 'Winter Elegance' and 'Perfume Delight', both of which are supposed to be more heat-resistant than most.  I had lots of healthy ... Read on »
I Love the Sorbet Violas by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I started lots of viola 'Sorbet' mixed and viola Sorbet 'Lemon Swirl'.  This is "Lemon Swirl" and it's sooo pretty.  I love violas because they're so perky and delicate.  ... Read on »
I did the rose and clematis companion thing by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I wasn't sure that the 'Duchess of Albany' clematis was going to bloom but it did.  The flowers are smaller than I expected but look nice with the 'Iceberg' rose.  What a ... Read on »
Summer Afternoon by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I had done quite a bit of strenuous work in the pool garden yesterday morning, finally stopping when the heat got to be too much.  And besides, my back was killing me.  I ... Read on »
Too Damn Hot! by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening It's just too damn hot to do much in the garden.  90 degrees with heat index of 97.  I water what needs watering and that's about it, except for some occasional weeding (i ... Read on »
Remember those Sweet Peas by Julia G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I couldn't get to grow several weeks ago?  Well, they did finally start to grow and now are doing very well, especially considering all the hot, humid weather we've been h ... Read on »