Friday, June 29, 2012

Too Hot to Handle

Wow....I am spending my evening just trying to keep plants alive...  Does the words too hot to handle come to mind???

I have been asked to write an article about gardens that survive natural disasters. Does heat apply??   Any way if you know someone who has a garden that has been through HE Hockey sticks, please let me know.  I would love any ideas.   Take care and stay cool!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bee Balm

Maybe it was because I had my Grandbaby today...he so reminds me of my son, his father.  Maybe it is because I just love this plant, but anyway Bee Balm is one of my favorites.

When my son was a toddler,he was impossible to get to sleep. We use to drive through Brown County Indiana and look for Bee Balm.  He would say Bee Balm...Bee Balm... and then bang he was asleep.
Bee Balm is a native plant in Indiana.  Today Thatcher and I walked the gardens today, he loved the Bee Balm. So I guess the fruit does not fall far from the tree.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hey Dad....The First Black Eyed Susan is Here


Black Eyed Susan were one of my Father's favorite flowers. He spent a lifetime transplanting them and cutting the seed heads off at the end of blooming season. He would then carefully place them in new areas, creating new pops of flower sunshine.

When I moved to Kentucky, I continued the traditions that I had so lovingly watched through the years. I now have tons of Black Eyed Susans. All my Neighbors and Friends have benefited from this love as well. As these wild Indiana Flowers have a tendency to spread.

Each late Summer my Father would note in a book, when the first bloom appeared.  Well Dad in my garden the first Black Eyed Susan appeared June 15th.  Easily a month early.  I picked it and gave it to Mom for you !!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Check it out

I just posted a new blog about Clary Sage in the "Kentucky Gardening" magazine on line. Check it out..... Statebystategardening.com. Then go to blogs. You can find me under Kentucky!!

Garden Frustrations

Why is it on the hottest day of the year so far, my biggest beef with gardening occurs..... The sprinklers quit oscillating. It seems it does not matter if I buy a cheap sprinkler or an expensive one, they do not, live long. I actually have collected some "older" sprinklers and they seem to be built much stronger. So tomorrow my best garden helper( my grandson Thatcher) is coming I will put him into action. He loves hoses and water!!!!


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Best Bloom Today

If I had to choose the best bloom in the garden today, No hands down the Clary Sage would win. About two weeks ago it unfolded its layered white blooms. I will write more about this gem.


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Hydrangea Love

The Hydrangeas are amazingly beautiful this year..... I have never had so many colors and blooms. About a month agao we had a cold snap and they got hit hard.  I thought I was going to be lucky to even
have a couple blooms.

 Friday I had the Master Gardeners at my house. I used my blue ball jars and put a couple different blooms in each jar.....I loved the effect.  I am going to  research why they are better this year, no soil change etc?

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