NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.

 
 
 
 

NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.

 
 
 
 

New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.

 
 
 
 

A Gardening Journal


Winter Beauty Honeysuckle

If there's any upside to a Winter that has been too long and too cold, it's the fragrant flowers of Winter honeysuckle. 

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But a cold and long Winter concentrates the season of bloom while also delaying it. Instead of a few blossoms this month, a few the next, all the buds mature to flowers within weeks. More flowers, more fragrance: A large bush could perfume your garden.


Ferny Hellebore

As Winter thaws reluctantly into Spring, hellebores emerge with their usual fearless urgency. By surprise, it seems, flowers and foliage are now present.  

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Ferny hellebore is the rebel: It's grown for foliage, not flowers; provides no Winter display at all; and is at its best when your dahlias are, too. This early Spring show is just the warm-up.


Zwanenburg Crocus

The smaller twigs of 'Winter Orange' lindens are, indeed, orange. What if I underplanted my espalier of them with an early-season bulb whose flowers would harmonize with the twigs while the weather was still cold enough to keep those twigs orange?

 

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'Zwanenburg' crocus has flowers that some suppliers describe as orange. Only one way to find out if they're a match.

 
 
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