An interlude

I garden in New England. The weather does some some crazy things sometimes. It was in the 60’s over the weekend, and then yesterday, we had snow squalls. The little January thaw was wonderful… everyone was outside taking walks, and basking in the sunshine.

We took a walk along the Nashua River near our house

I was able to fix the deer fence, put out some mole repellent, and take down the Christmas decor… all without freezing my fingers off. The icebergs in the driveway melted away and grass was visible again. It was a treat. The bluebirds visited too. .

Of course we are expecting snow again on Saturday. Such is the weather in New England.

Winter is not done with us yet.


It snowed… a lot… 17 inches worth. There was quite a frenzy to complete all the garden clean-up before the storm, and we finished just in time. Now we have winter wonderland for a few days until the next storm washes it away.

Thank goodness I was able to get the Christmas lights put out before it snowed
Need to dig out the grill
We won’t be dining on the porch for awhile
Happy dog

After 2 1/2 days of snowing, the sun came out

I got a lot of indoor work done during the storm though…here’s one of my decorations. Merry Christmas to all.

Mid November

It was such a beautiful fall. We lingered in the warmth; we admired the still blooming flowers. Then boom… it got cold.. .real cold. So the clean-up is still not done. I cut back most of the stuff that gets mushy – irises and daylilies. But there is still much to do

Most of what is left is the woody stuff, and I will leave some of that until spring.

The meadow got mowed just in time

Although the flowers are gone, the frost on the foliage is delightful

Decorative globes shine in the morning light

This is another reason to grow Epimedium – wonderful color on the foliage in late autumn

And finally a spectacular sunset from the other night…

No snow yet..but its coming.

Mid-Late October

The growing season is about over in my neck of the woods. There are still mums and asters and a few other things blooming, but I’ve begun the seasonal garden clean-up. The garden looked like this in mid-October.

The woodpile was replenished
Smokebush, monkshood and Sedum Autumn Joy
The colors changed some more as the weeks progressed
Red blossomed pineapple sage still blooming in the corner of the new veggie bed
This big fella wandered through the yard one morning
Peter Rabbit came by
These 4 deer (look carefully) made an appearance
My favorite visitor sniffing the air – she knew there were critters around
Big maple showing off
As you can see here, I have begun cutting back the daylilies and I moved a trellis against the fence
Maple leaves and hosta foliage
Patio season is over

It has been a beautiful autumn. There’s always lots of work to do when putting the garden to bed for the winter, but with all the visitors and pretty colors, the chore has been more enjoyable.

The great autumn veggie garden renewal

The veggies were amazing this year. However, the retaining wall separating the two tiered raised bed had been eaten away by ants and was rotting away. What to do? Garden club friend Celia was replacing a retaining wall and had stones she did not need! So we rescued them.

Some of the bounty
Here you can see what appear to be good wooden supports.. not so… (rotted ones dividing the upper and lower beds already removed in this photo)
Rotted supports from between the two beds, the sides look like this too
Reclaimed stones from friend’s yard
Yuck.. more ant infiltration
Beginning the first course of stone
Lower bed removed, area raked and seeded – the blocks on the right will be removed, but are currently keeping a beautiful pineapple sage in place because I couldn’t bear to pull it out yet
Ta da!!!! Ready for next year
Oh yes the Brugmansia is still having a field day

October has arrived and here are a few photos from the perennial garden. Its darn pretty out there.

Autumn blooming crocuses
It seems surreal sometimes

The colors will be gone soon and the tedious clean-up will begin, but in the meantime, ahhhhhhhhhhhh

Mid September

Its a beautiful dewy morning.

Morning sun on the smokebush
Succulent on the porch
Bees warming up near the Caryopteris
Dahlias, phlox, asters and labrador
Hosta ‘Marmalade’
Phlox, physotegia, giant coneflower
Newly weeded section: Bergenia, asters, daylilies, astilbe
Rock garden with sedums
Orostachys – green
Orostachys – gray

More to come in the next few weeks…..

End of August

Well that was fast. August disappeared just like it always seems to. We had some really hot days and some lovely days. We dad lots of company so we enjoyed the garden many times. The weeds grew, the flowers bloomed, we harvested the veggies. Such are the lazy hazy days.

Hibiscus after the petals drop
The back fence

You may recall that last fall we “hoicked out” the lilac in front of the fence since it was taking over that area. My thought was to put the dahlias there. I think it was a success.

Dad and Mom’s dahlias

These dahlias are over 60 years old. My Mom and Dad grew them in our garden in Connecticut and my siblings and I have kept the tubers going for eons.

Dahlia close -up

You may also recall that we removed a huge part of the forsythia hedge last fall so that we would have a better view of the meadow from the new porch. I think that was a success too.

The meadow – late August
The view down to the field
Much needed weeding in the front bed – I kind of missed the barrel
A visitor
Gentians in the upper garden
Another visitor
Fairies live here

The garden isn’t done yet – soon there will be mums, asters, foliage turning and fall clean-up.

Late July/early August

Its time for the annual daylily post. The abundant spring rains produced an incredible display this year.

Laughing Giraffe
Mt. Zion
Peggy Jeffcoat
Grandma’s Smile
Precious Beginnings
Techny Spider
Woodside Papa Joe
A melange of color

There’s lots more, but these are a few favorites.

July – Iris Ensata

The daylilies will be the main show in the garden very soon but the last two weeks have featured the Iris Ensata – the Japanese water iris.   I got these iris years ago from a friend who grows them here in town.  We had a lot of rain this spring so they all bloomed for me this year !

IMG_4667Hanakaido Pink

IMG_4682Raspberry Candy

IMG_4681Unknown blue

P1140799Ruffled White Water

P1140808Silent Thunder

P1140822Warai Hotel

P1140811Frilled Enchantment