Six on Saturday – Texture in the Winter Garden – February 1, 2020

So foggy this morning it was after 9 when I ventured out. And I was glad I did because look what I found — the first hellebore blooms. The evergreen helebore leaves provide texture in my winter garden. The blooms are a bonus.

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2. I love this crepe myrtle bark.

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3. The silver maples have wonderful craggy bark with lichens and moss at the soil’s edge.

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4. Contrasting textures of Hollywood juniper in the background, and rhododendron to the right. In the forefront a euonymus (Silver Queen? it looks more white than in the photo) and liriope. You can see the fog still hanging in the air.

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5. A mahonia that I stuck in a back corner of the garden is doing just fine. It provides some texture against the solidago stems which need to be cut back.

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6. And finally..the hope of spring… buds on some daffodils.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, this foggy February morning, as I found textures in the winter garden. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

 

Six on Saturday – Eye Candy – January 18, 2020

After unseasonably mild temperatures and some rain, today is frigid – in the twenties. I realize that is balmy compared to the places where two of my children live (Montana and Colorado), but I am staying inside and looking for some of my favorite photos from last summer to share. No commentary, just eye candy.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, a collection of six pretty photos. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

 

 

Six on Saturday – A New Year Begins – January 4, 2020

It was misting when I went out this morning to see what I would find in my garden. We’ve had rain again, but with warmer temperatures. Puddles in the beds and the Burt lake is back. But, really, no complaints. It could be icy rain or snow.

  1. Nandina berries. I love the reflections in the water drops.

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2. Why is a reblooming iris which didn’t rebloom last fall think now is the time?

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3. Allium bulbs are stirring among a blanket of leaves.

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4. I’m so glad I didn’t cut back these grasses. They are a spot of light in an otherwise drab winter landscape.

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5. Can anyone identify this plant? I’m not sure where it came from but it is growing in my small nursery bed. Someone must have given me a slip. It’s now about 24″ tall and has wicked thorns. My brain is saying perhaps some sort of orange but how it would have survived last winter’s cold I don’t know.

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6. Last fall I divided my clivias and only kept one. People who were gifted with plants have told me theirs have bloomed. Mine has been in the garage for two months without being watered so it is time to bring it in and see what happens.

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That’s my first Six-on-Saturday of the new year in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

Six on Saturday – First Snow – December 14, 2019

When I went out on Wednesday morning to go to my 7am yoga class, my car was covered with snow. I’d thought I had heard it rain overnight, but it must have changed to snow at some point. The roads were just wet but the white stuff was a surprise.  Only the hard core people were at yoga that morning. The rest must have seen their cars and decided to stay home.

By the time I got out for some photos much of the snow had melted, but in my attempts to record the snow I found some other interesting things in the garden.

I’m doing this post early as I will be in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee on Friday night to see that state’s premier of The Santa Diaries at the Encore Theatre. Laura Ambler and I are flying in on Friday afternoon and coming home Saturday morning. A whirlwind trip. The flight to Nashville is just an hour. It will take us longer to drive from here to the airport.

And on another writing note the manuscripts for all three books have been sent out for interior formatting. ISBNs have been assigned for print and eBooks and covers are in progress. The first two previously published books will be republished under my name instead of a pen name. The new titles are: Circle of Secrets: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 1, Circle of Magic: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 2, and Circle of Spirits: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 3. Anticipated pub date is April, 2020. I’ll keep you posted.

Here are six things in my garden mid-week.

  1. The snow took me by surprise. Temps were in the upper 50’s yesterday and we’d had rain for several days. You can see standing water along the garden beds. There was more snow when I went out at 6:30 but it was too dark for pictures. I missed the chance to have my garden guy blow out the gutters. Now all is a wet mess that will require a stepladder and my hands in waterproof gloves. My husband spots me.

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2. These small hollies should be big enough in a couple of years to take cuttings for holiday decorations. I’m a sucker for pops of yellow in my garden. The tags are still on these but it was too cold to root around looking for them.

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3. The snow weighted down some of the grasses, but I am entranced with the color they add to an otherwise dreary December garden.

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4. If I hadn’t gone out to take photos, I would have missed the intense color of the Sheffield mum foliage. Wow! I didn’t remember that it did that.

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5. All the trees are now bare including the small leafed maple (left of the chimney) that was featured in my post two weeks ago. I love the lace created by the bare branches against the blue sky.

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6. And finally a harbinger of Spring. Daffodils are peaking through and seed catalogs are arriving daily.

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That’s my Six-on-Saturday for mid-December in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Our first snow. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #fall colors  #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

Six on Saturday – A Closer Look – November 16, 2019

One of my neighbors in the back has a section of their yard the is behind the solid tall fence around their pool. It’s kind of a no-man’s land although they do keep it mowed. I took time away from book publishing details today and walked around looking for things to photograph when I saw a bunch of odd dark shapes back there. Occasionally some of my black plastic pots get blown into that area so I took a closer look.

  1. It was plastic duck decoys. About thirty of them. This is the time of year when the Canada geese are leaving flying south, so V’s of honking geese are not uncommon. I don’t know why all the decoys are there unless the neighbors are trying to attract geese. A mystery!

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2. I moved two clumps of amsonia hubrichtii mid-summer. They both looked dead, but a closer look at one of the clumps shows some shoots coming up. I hope there will be more.

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3. I don’t understand why the stems of the red twig dogwood only turn red in the fall. They will be impressive against a snowfall. I noticed some deer browsing last week. Rats with hooves.

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4. My weeping Japanese maple is showing color. I am amazed that this tree is now five feet across and about three feet tall. I bought a rooted twig at the Philadelphia Flower Show twenty odd years ago and brought the small tree with me when we moved to the Eastern Shore. It is supremely happy where I planted it and has rewarded me by becoming a feature in my garden.

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5. Another confused azalea. This plant has lots of buds ready to open. There won’t be many flowers come spring.

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6. A sugar maple just across the property line in another neighbor’s yard always puts on a beautiful show.  Borrowed landscape! Leaves on my silver maples just turn brown before they fall off, although I am grateful for the mulch they provide.

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That’s my Six-on-Saturday for mid-November in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #fall colors  #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

Six on Saturday – First Frost – November 9, 2019

We had a light frost last night. The coleus in the front window boxes need to be pulled out. I’ll stick evergreen trimmings in the soil for the winter. As I walked around the garden this morning I was surprised to see some confused plants.

  1. But first I want to showcase a gift my friend, Carol M, brought me yesterday.  A spray of sorghum heads with a turkey. I put it on the lattice in the back so I could see it from the house, although I may move it to one of the older, weathered lattices where there will be more contrast. I’ll still be able to see it in that location. I had no idea sorghum heads had so many colors.

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2. On to a couple of confused plants. An azalea (not one of the fall re-bloomers) has put out a couple of flowers. The leaves show an infestation of azalea lace bug. I’ll have to go on line to see if I can treat the plant now or need to wait till spring. This particular pest is epidemic in my azaleas.

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3. A bud on a clematis will not survive a hard freeze. And I’m hoping to bring that pretty white geranium in for the winter. I think there are a couple of plants in that big pot so I’ll need to repot one into a container I can lift.

4.  Frozen water in the Jan Kirsch avocado is stunning with fallen leaves. Wrapping the concrete sculpture for the winter has moved to the top of the to-do list.

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5. The petals have fallen from the Sheffield mums, but the remaining centers are bright yellow, providing a needed pop of color in the fall garden. The Autumn Joy sedum heads continue to darken into tones of burgundy.

 

6. I need to brag a little about the large area where the raised beds were removed. I seeded, and watered and watered and watered and hoped. Fingers crossed for it being really settled in next spring.

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An update on my writing life. The third book in my Caribbean romance trilogy is back from the proofer. Now I am working on finalizing titles and choosing a cover concept. Publication sometime next spring.

That’s my Six on Saturday, this week photos of my garden. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden

Six on Saturday – Blessed Rain – October 19, 2019

We had rain this week — and wind. It brought down a lot of trash from the silver maples, but I am not complaining. We were desperate for moisture. More rain forecast for tomorrow, but after several months of drought some of my evergreens may not make it through the winter.

This afternoon I will pull up the cucumber that hasn’t stopped giving. I took the last bag of cukes to Sherry, who cuts my hair, and whose Serendipity Salon is next to the St. Michaels Community Garden where the steroidal cuke grew. I’m pulling up the spaghetti squash plants as well. This morning I saw a single potential squash the size of my thumbnail, but it’s too late in the season for it to mature. The plant only had male blossoms for the first six weeks. Anybody have any ideas why? Last year seeds planted at the same time in late August produced a bumper crop of a dozen good sized squash.

But first, something pretty.

  1. Physostegia virginiana, the obedient plant, obedience or false dragonhead, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. I thought I had pulled all of this out, but there is a small clump. It needs to be transplanted.

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2. I think this is a chamomile cultivar but it doesn’t look like the button center photos I pulled up on the internet. It’s another plant someone gave me. It has small white flowers which are still blooming.

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3. Despite all the watering I did, drought distressed plants now litter my garden. I suspect some will need to be replaced next spring.

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4. The red twigged dogwood leaves are beginning to show some color and the twigs are turning red.

5.  Most of my large grasses were cut back a couple of weeks ago so I could divide them. I knew I would lose the seed heads, but I couldn’t wait to do that job later. One clump along the fence didn’t get cut and is showing plumage. It looks as soft as a cozy, warm sweater.

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6. Seed heads on the Echinacea, a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.  Commonly called coneflowers, I have not had much luck with them. This clump is now getting more sun since I took out the river birch, so I will plant some of these seeds nearby and see what happens.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, photos in my garden once a week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in. #lovemygarden