Tag Archives: Backyard Gardening

Drought and Our Trees

If you live in the United States you have most likely been fighting with this summers drought affects on your garden, yard and trees.  I have been watering relentlessly (I have the water bill to prove it) and at times I am not sure how effective it has been.  Its easy to water the perennial […]

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Milkweed Bug- Good or Bad?

There are two types of Milkweed Bugs that love to hang out on the Milkweed plants: the Large Large Milkweed Bug and the Small Milkweed Bug.  Both feed on the seeds of the Milkweed plants.  They look almost exactly the same, except for, you guessed it, one is smaller than the other. Now what is a Milkweed Plant? […]

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Yarrow

Everyday when I walk past this beauty I marvel at its vibrant yellow color, it looks like its glowing.  Its name  ‘Moonshine’ is very fitting. There are 100 or so species of Yarrow or formally known as Achillea millefolium, ranging in almost in color you could want. Common yarrow is a cosmopolitan weed originally native […]

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A Love Affair?

Once upon a time their was a beautiful “Peony” who met and fell in love with an Ant.  Not really the stuff of fairytale’s now is it?  But if you have ever watched the ants on the top of an unopened Peony flower you just know they are so in love and devoted to the […]

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Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

I have this little beauty growing along the fence in my vegetable garden.  It always surprises me in the spring with how beautiful it is! This plant is definitely one worth having! It is so unusual passersby who visit almost always do a second-take. The leaves are almost iridescent – they seem to shimmer with […]

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Oh the beautiful Chive

My Chives are in full bloom.  I have a lot of them.  Why, because I am always late to cut the flower head back and end up with seedling here and there plus they grow like weeds.  Never one to throw away a free plant, I usually yank the newbie up and scratch a new […]

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Black Locust Tree

I am not in any way shape or form a morning person.  You can ask the people I live with, I don’t like to get up and I can be a bit grumpy in the morning, or so they say!  Anyway since I ended up with all those darn roosters, I have to keep Foghorn […]

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Columbine ‘Aquilegia’

The flower Columbine or ‘Aquilegia‘ is probably one of the easiest spring perennial flowers to grow if you plant it in the right spot.  Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Zone 3 to 8.  Mine are just starting to fully bloom. Here is my only gripe with this little darling, they re-seed everywhere, but to their […]

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Blackberry Beds ‘Pole Set Up’ Part II

Once the beds were prepped, and planted I needed to provide support for the growing baby bushes that with any luck would one day be 6′ tall. Cue– Jim and Larry for the manual labor.  I watched, photographed and gave opinions where needed. 🙂 Because Blackberries have stiffly erect, semierect, or trailing stems, depending on the […]

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