Category Archives: Cool plants

Be they great for background, solitary primadonnas, ugly ducklings, unexpectedly edible or – to my mind – in any way cool and interesting, but somehow underrepresented in the horticultural world, chances are I might write about them here. I also have a lot of fun finding beautiful planting combinations which are fun to feature.

‘B’ is for Bold and Beautiful

On the 16th of every month, Pam Penick hosts Foliage Follow-up – a celebration of the more permanent stars of the garden. So, head over there for additional wonder and happiness! Yesterday’s Bloom Day post focused on blue flowers, but … Continue reading

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‘B’ is for Blue…

Can’t believe it is mid-August already! Along with the happily buzzing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, my current garden favorites are the blues. It is such a magical color!  The dark blues are especially mesmerizing – they are almost electric. Dusk … Continue reading

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Alchemilla alpina – cute, cuddly and carefree!

I first laid eyes on it when a relative brought a small clump of it home. It was a gift to her from a gardener friend at Bergianska Trädgården – the botanical institution at the Stockholm University in Sweden – … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Happy GBBD everyone! Well, things are definitely slowing down over here, or perhaps more so taking a break. The Asiatic lilies are spent while the orientals are coming, the crocosmias are on fire, as are the Rudbeckias. This year the … Continue reading

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Foliage Follow-up, June 2013

Happy Father’s and Foliage Follow-up Day! Thanks to Pam Penick and her blog Digging down in Austin TX for hosting this continued celebration to the monthly Bloom Day. The middle of each month has truly become a plant celebration! Check her link out … Continue reading

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Bloom Day – June 2013

Once again, it’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this event every month. If you are in need of some beauty in your life, click the link above and let yourself escape the troubles of the … Continue reading

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The birth of a monster – Allium shubertii

This past February, at a Portland garden show, I came across this gigantic seed head on display. It turned out to be an Allium shubertii, the like of which I had never seen before. The vendor was selling sprouting bulbs, … Continue reading

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Sage – a plant for Salvation

Lamiaceae, or the Mint family, contains the majority of the species we usually consider culinary plants, and include in our kitchen gardens. An older name for this group was ‘Labiatae’ which referred to how its petals were usually fused together … Continue reading

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Foliage Follow-up, May 2012

Three days after my first Bloom Day, I can only succumb to the fact that I’m hooked! Taking photos of your garden and posting them online is really, really fun! But, for as great as they are – blooms are … Continue reading

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My first Bloom Day ever – May, 2013

For a while now, I’ve seen friends posting blogs referring to “Bloom Day”, but never known what it was. I finally learned! It was started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. She hosts a number of garden bloggers for a … Continue reading

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