Paperwhite Time

When winter’s chill forces the gardener indoors, I get visions of fragrant clusters of paperwhites dancing in my head!  Paperwhites are the original “just add water ” plant and they are surprisingly easy to grow. As much as I like to slow time down and savor one holiday before thinking of the next, if you like fresh paperwhites blooming for Christmas, now’s the time to start forcing these beauties.  image Continue reading

Bittersweet Romance

There ought to be a bumper sticker that reads: ” I brake for bittersweet”.  This time of year finds me driving around with my pruners on the lookout for bittersweet growing on the roadside.  Sure you can buy it at farmers’markets and florists’ but a small bunch goes for about $12 and is too tame for my taste.  I like mine wild! image

Bittersweet spells fall as much as mums and gourds and it’s a lot of fun to forage for it. Continue reading

French-Themed Fall Luncheon in the Garden

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On a recent glorious fall day I hosted a group of Francophile friends for lunch in my garden. To set the mood, I jazzed up an existing window box with some French flair!  The Eiffel tower replica is a garden ornament which fit perfectly in my window box.

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I had purchased the bottle brush animals in Paris some years ago and thought they fit the theme perfectly, nestled among the greenery, the sedum flowers and dried lotus pods.   Continue reading