Garden Journal


I was going to dig up two of my irises and move them to the feet of the clematis, which have long bare stems…but I put the spade in the soil, found it dry and hard to work, and remembered that it’s supposed to thunderstorm tonight. Tomorrow will be a much better day for moving …

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From a week or so ago — forgot to post these. The irises are mostly done now, but oh, they were glorious while they were here. And that week when the lilacs, roses, and irises overlap — just splendid. Porch photo included mostly because I am a bit bemused that it took me six years …

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It’s peony week. Every year, I have the same conflict — peonies are so gorgeous, but they only bloom for a week. Are they really worth the space they take up? Yes, of course, we do not love beauty less because its life is fleeting (perhaps we love it more) — but how *many* of …

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Newly blooming in the garden

Graceful white Siberian iris, fairy bells allium bulgaricum, bold peony, floriferous and long-blooming Rozanne geranium, and delicate little allium unifolium / American wild garlic.    

Garden club Facebook group

Local gardeners! Please join our new group to share photos of your beautiful plants, ask for help identifying plants, exchange perennials, trade info and advice, and hear about our regular lectures, workshops, and other events, such as the upcoming Garden Walk. (And although this is officially part of the OP – RF club, if you’re …

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Garden Club

I went to my first Garden Club board meeting, and am somehow not only taking on updating the website (which was the bit I had agreed to in advance), but also creating and maintaining a Facebook group for it, helping another evening on the Garden Walk, joining (and possibly chairing??) the Civic Beautification committee, and …

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I can’t quite figure out what to do with these. My original thought was to do a chapbook of cancer poems, and I still want to do that (thanks again to those who donated in support). Some of the poems are garden-ish, so I’ve been working on garden-themed illustrations for those four. I was thinking …

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It’s really remarkably pleasant, spending fifteen minutes photographing flowers on an early summer morning. Maybe this is my version of meditation. 🙂  First rose of the season, Zephirine Drouhin, our thornless porch climber.


This remains my favorite of the tall bearded irises, I think. Queen of May, with Miss Kim dwarf lilacs behind.