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WHAT THE WHAT

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WHAT THE WHAT

People, there is SNOW ON MY DAFFODILS ON APRIL 15th.  Make that ten minutes into the 16th.  Do I live in Alaska?  The Arctic Circle?  NO.  Gardening hardiness zone 6B, meaning… Forget what it means.  We are going to hell in a hand basket in a hurry is what it means. I am officially losing […]

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Daffodils and Forsythia

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Daffodils and Forsythia

It is officially spring when I can make a bouquet of daffodils and forsythia for my living room.  A slice of sunshine right on my antique reclaimed factory cart coffee table.  Few things can lift my spirits like these guys. Today my mom came over and we drank máte and sat out back on the […]

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The sharp decline of the monarch butterfly and what you can do about it

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I’ve always been charmed by the beauty of the Monarch butterfly.  I’m not alone:  it is the state butterfly of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.  It’s been on my “bucket list” to go watch their migration to Mexico one day.  But I was in no hurry to do it.  Like with […]

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The Butterfly Garden

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Last year, I went totally overboard buying iris.  I was handsomely repaid with an amazing show in just about every color of the rainbow.  I did my best to document the bloom time of the iris but they soon got away from me, a new one bursting into bloom every day for a month.  I […]

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Epicenter tall bearded iris

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Okay, it’s official.  The irises are popping up faster than I can write about them.  This morning when I left the house, the only one that was new was War Chief (finally, a red in my red, white and blue iris bed).  This afternoon I came home to an absolute riot of new color.   […]

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Aggressively Forward Tall Bearded Iris

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Aggressively Forward Tall Bearded Iris

Aggressively Forward tall bearded iris has the honor of being the first iris to have bloomed for me this season, which is surprising since many others, like Batik or Old Black Magic, are supposed to bloom first according to my research. Style: Plicata Height: 36″ Color: Yellow and Purple Originator: Innerst, Sterling Year: 1995 Bloom […]

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Alizes Tall Bearded Iris

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Type: Tall Bearded (TB) Style: Amoena Height: 33″ Color: Blue Originator: Cayeux, Richard Year: 1989 Bloom Season: Early midseason This is one of those irises that looks pretty in pictures but looks absolutely stunning in person.  It is so bright and pretty it seems to almost glow.  As much as I like pictures of flowers […]

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Porcelain Angel Tall Bearded Iris

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 Type: Tall Bearded (TB) Style: Self Height: 38″ Color: White Originator: Schreiner Year: 2003 Bloom Season: Late Although the descriptions of Porcelain Angel say it blooms late, it was the first white iris to bloom in my garden, mid-May.  Living up to its name, the flowers are an angelic, delicate white, with a hint of […]

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The iris garden just before bloom

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The irises are just about ready to bloom:  

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Purple and yellow iris garden

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The purple and yellow bearded iris garden, including Aggressively Forward, right before blooming.  

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