Category Archives: The Spring Garden

Planting Hellebores (Lenten Roses) to Celebrate Spring

The hellebore is a wonderful plant that heralds Spring in the garden. Hellebores, or Lenten Roses as they are sometimes called, start blooming around the beginning of the Christian religious period called Lent, in some warm locations, but in my … Continue reading

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Plant some Gladiolus in your Garden, they make Great Summer Flower Arrangements

Gladiolus are one of those flowers that have been around for ever years. They are often seen as part of flower arrangements, and make quite glamorous displays by themselves in tall trumpet-shaped vases. Gladiolus come in just about every color … Continue reading

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Container planted or in the ground, Canna Plants are a Focal Point with a Tropical Vibe

One of the easiest to grow and definitely a show stopper in the garden is the Canna Plant. The canna is also called the Canna Lily, although it is not a true lily, but is a relative of both the … Continue reading

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Planting a Garden Room on Your Property

The idea of dividing the outdoor space around your home into what the horticultural world is calling rooms has really been around for hundreds, maybe thousands of years; even though it seems to be a trendy and new concept. As … Continue reading

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A Return Visit to Spencer and Katrina Trask’s YADDO. Saratoga Springs, NY

During the Summer months in the 1960’s my Mother and Father, along with my maternal Grandmother, Aunt Anna, Uncle Micky, and my Sister and I would all pack into our family car and drive to Saratoga. We would go from … Continue reading

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Got Grass growing out onto your Sidewalk or Driveway?…Edge it!

Are things not looking so neat around your house, especially when it comes to your sidewalk and driveway? Have creeping grasses started to take over? If so I have a solution to your dilemma.

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BerkshireBotanical…A visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Sited at 5 West Stockbridge Road at the intersections of Routes 102 and 183 on the outskirts of Stockbridge, Massachusetts is the Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG). Founded in 1934 as the Berkshire Garden Center, its public display gardens are among … Continue reading

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After planting SEMPERVIVUM Hens-and-Chicks, water them sparingly

I have many different collections of plants here at Whimsey Hill House, and one of them is Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum). Hens-and-Chicks are a ground hugging succulent that I think look a bit like a small rose or cabbage. Sempervivum are probably … Continue reading

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Design a Rock Garden with Different sizes of Stones

When I moved into my home in 1990, I was left with a large amount of crushed stone (4 to 5 inches deep), set on top of many feet of sand that surrounds my house. It was probably some kind … Continue reading

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My Hydrangeas Don’t / Won’t Bloom is a Lament uttered by Many

My hydrangeas don’t / won’t bloom is a lament uttered by many gardeners who are new to growing the much loved-old-fashioned plant. Getting your plant to bloom is really all about proper Pruning, Winter weather conditions, and Light.

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