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Years ago,

When I designed

And maintained gardens

For other people,

I had a friend with a sandy spot.

We planted purple larkspur

And red poppies.

I have repeated that combination

In my current garden.

They are the star of my late May

And early June garden.

When they finish blooming

Seeds fall.

This pattern has repeated itself

Each year in this garden.


One day I was walking the neighborhood

And saw a PURPLE poppy.

The generous neighbor gave me seeds

Then I ordered a few more packets of

Lauren’s Grape poppy.

This year

For the first time

I have PURPLE poppies.

They are divine.

Now I’m trying my best

To keep the red ones in the “red bed”

And creating an area just for the purple ones.

I know…I know

It’s an attempt to manipulate nature.

Not a smart idea.

After all birds and winds and who knows what else

Move these tiny seeds around the garden.

The organizer in me just has to give this a try.

I’m marking the color of wayward plants

With pink tape

Hoping to get them back into their assigned seat.

If Mother Nature will indulge me

This one tiny bit of control.

I promise after this

I’ll surrender!



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Gardening for me is a continual curiosity.

In a perennial garden

Plants come back every year


But that doesn’t mean that everything is the same

Every year.

There is a pattern to the bloom

And a familiarity

As old friends pop out of the ground

And return to bloom

Year after year.


Now I love repetition.

I can eat the same thing for breakfast

For years.

But there comes a time in your garden

When you want to try the impossible.

I’ve tried the impossible

(Delphinium come to mind)

Here in my zone 7 garden

Frankly…it’s impossible.

But there is something between

The impossible

And the easy.

Let’s call it the improbable.

It may work

Or it may not.

One plant that falls into that category here

Is Calla Lily.


They are an elegant flower

With a fat stem that can be gently worked

To bend in the direction you want

In an arrangement.

They actually grow in a good part of the country

Zones 3 – 10.

It took a long time for them to get established in my garden,

And even after all these years they are not profuse bloomers.


But they are here

Each year they return.

Their glorious leaves are a welcomed site

Each spring when they come out of the ground.


Their June blooms

Make me smile.


The simple elegance

Reminds me that working to accomplish

The improbable.

Is time well spent.

In the garden

And in life.


flag Day Easter Egg find!

Flag Day Easter Egg find!


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At long last we’re getting rain.

Not tons of it

But rain just the same.


Soft showers

Interspersed with real rain.

Throughout this long weekend.

So my gardening has followed the rain.

Starting and stopping

As the weather allows.


It’s actually nice.

Cool days

Soft soil

Perfect for weeding

And planting more seed.

So I’ve decided to run a little experiment.

Since we are having a bit cooler than usual spring.

I’m thinking I still have time to plant

Cool season seeds.


Lettuce – Arugula – Radishes – Bush Beans

I know

It’s way past time to plant these.

But I’m experimenting with a little

Micro climate vegetable gardening.

So…as I’ve weeded the edge of the garden

And along the paths

I’ve planted all of the above.

Some in sun like I’ve always done

And this year in dappled shady areas

To see if I can have fresh greens

Later into the season.

We’ll hope it works.

I’ll let you know.


And when it rained

I arranged flowers

In my friend Beth’s fun Fiesta pitchers.



And oh yes…

There was this.


While thunder rolled through the state

The Thunder rolled over the Spurs.

What a fun weekend!


P.S. I realize these pictures have nothing to do with the subject.

But pictures of seed packets and hoes just are all that much fun!

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