Lifestuff

In a Garden…

Sometimes we just have to take the time.

Sometimes we just have to take the time,

or open our eyes,

or open our eyes,

and be willing to be fully present,

and be willing to be fully present,

and say yes to it all.

and say yes to it all.

 

So why are we making it seem so hard?

Walk through your gardens each evening with open eyes. Forget the work, what’s left to be done, and what didn’t succeed. It isn’t difficult…

Food

Preserving Home Grown Garlic

Here are the garlic heads after they've been cleaned.

We harvested our garlic as usual in mid-July and hung it in the garden shed to dry for a couple of weeks. Last week it was time to take it down, cut off the stems and brush off the dirt. Yes, some of these heads we keep in the refrigerator for cooking, and some get

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Gardens

Mildew on Phlox

The mildew is so bad this year that it's all over the flowers and they aren't coming into full, glorious bloom.

It has been a dry spring and summer on Cape Cod. This is good news for roses because it means less black spot, but bad for garden Phlox because it means more powdery mildew. This fungal disease is always worse in dry weather because when there are periodic downpours the spores get washed off the leaves,

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Love This!

I Love Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

Use this grass in part-shade when you want a butter-yellow color from spring to hard frost.

Name:  Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ aka Japanese forest grass or yellow hakon grass

Type of Plant: A low-growing perennial grass for part-shade. Hardy in zones 4-9

Why I Love This: I love low-growing grass because it forms thick clumps that out-compete the weeds. It’s a graceful plant that adds texture, color and movement to a garden, and it

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Gardens

Tending Gardens and Taking a Breath

This chair is filled with the vines we've pruned off, and just behind you can see that there are more hanging off the arbor that need to be pruned away.

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival has ended and I’m taking a deep breath of thanks and appreciation, while turning once again to normal garden maintenance. I’m grateful for everyone who opened gardens, staffed and promoted open gardens, created add-on events and organized this first-annual horticultural celebration. While there is always room for improvement,

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Love This!

I Love Hosta ‘Wheee’

Not only is this plant attractive, but every time someone asks which Hosta this is (and they will ask!) you have the opportunity to say "Wheee!"

Name:  Hosta ‘Wheee’

Type of Plant: An unusual, variegated Hosta that stays low and adds texture to the shade garden.

Why I Love This: I value a low-growing Hosta because they grow thickly and choke out weeds. Many people don’t think about low Hostas as a ground cover, but they are perfect around shrubs and other perennials as

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