Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Another beautifully illustrated piece about the garden that, although I have never seen it in real life, has probably influenced me more than any other in recent years:

The Moroccan Garden of One Man's Dreams

Must plant more bulbs...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blues and Whites

The dominant color in the garden right now is green, as the spring bulbs are largely through and the summer annuals and perennials have not really gotten started yet. A notable exception are the irises, which are at their peak:

The view along the garden

A close-up of the bearded iris

Siberian iris (Iris sibirica)

The white Parma violet 'Comte de Brazza' 

The black-and-white flowers the 'Windsor' broad beans (Vicia faba 'Windsor')

Hopefully there will be more to show soon, as over the past week or so I have been planting what feels like hundreds upon hundreds of seedlings and bulbs and what not, ranging from heirloom gladioli to petunias to rice. Now we just need some steady warmth and a decent amount of rain...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

More Spring

This continues to be a challenging spring, gardening-wise. The weather has been very chilly the last couple of days, which has kept me from moving outside lots of tender plants that for months have been suffering through less-than-ideal conditions and spider mite infestations inside. As if that where not enough, I am pretty sure there is something seriously wrong with the potting soil I have been using for the past two months. Most of my seedlings are much smaller than they should be by this point, and not a few have developed discolorations of their leaves and stems. I can only hope that they will perk up once they are planted out in good soil in the garden or transferred to larger containers for the deck. Unfortunately, I still have quite a bit of the suspicious soil, which I now do not even dare add to the garden beds. So while I wait for the weather and improve and my plants to catch up and keep buying new soil, here are some more pictures of things that are doing well:

Tulipa 'Elegans Rubra'

Tulipa acuminata

 A double lilac (Syringa vulgaris cv.)

More - hopefully positive - news soon...