Tag: sedum

Lilacs, dogwood, and other May blossoms

May fills Connecticut gardens with all sorts of flowers and scents. Early morning is a wonderful time to wander through the gardens, camera in hand, to observe May blossoms.

White lilac flower buds survived the freezing temperatures that hit after they formed. Now they strut their stuff, spreading a delicate fragrance nearby. Yesterday it attracted a swallowtail butterfly and a hummingbird.

White lilac, May 11, 2016

White lilac, May 11, 2016

This low bush blueberry – or is it a huckleberry, it’s hard for even seasoned botanists to say – was here when we cleared our property nearly 20 years ago. We worked around this native shrub and it has become a feature of the front yard gardens. Pollinating flies spend most of their days visiting its May blossoms.

Blueberry or huckleberry blossoms with pollinating fly, May 11, 2016

Blueberry or huckleberry blossoms with pollinating fly, May 11, 2016

The pink dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Rubra’) is in full bloom … striking against a clear blue sky.

Cornus florida 'Rubra' aka pink dogwood against a clear blue sky, May 11, 2016.

Cornus florida ‘Rubra’ aka pink dogwood against a clear blue sky, May 11, 2016.

Scillia/Spanish Bluebells, aka Hyancinthoides hyspanica ‘Dainty Maid’ just opened, adding more colorful May blossoms to the ground level. They pick up where waning daffodils leave off.

Scillia/Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Dainty Maid', May 11, 2016

Scillia/Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Dainty Maid’, May 11, 2016

One of a pair of blue containers filled with the SunSparkler sedum ‘Lime Zinger’.

SunSparkler sedum 'Lime Zinger'

SunSparkler sedum ‘Lime Zinger’

I had this sedum in one large container last summer. Rather than lose it, I planted it in the ground last fall. When it emerged and temperatures warmed enough to safely place containers back outside, I dug and divided the sedum to fill the two pots … definitely worth the effort to have the pots looking full this early at no additional cost to the budget.

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Change is in the air …

Last rose hurrah in the October garden.

Roses before the change to a colder October.

It’s been a long time since I posted here. I’m not completely sure why. I love writing and gardening but something, or a combination of factors, has blocked my desire to combine these two loves. I’m still deciphering all the causes of my writer’s block, but I think I’ve identified some factors contributing to my recent lack of desire to post here, and what must change.

Coleus soaks up October sunshine before the first frost.

Coleus soaks up October sunshine before the first frost.

One contributing factor is my frustration that people continue to fall prey to ad campaigns – sprinkle x to keep weeds at bay, apply y in four steps for a “healthy” lawn, spray z to stop bugs. This is so contrary to what I’ve learned during my journey from a novice to a seasoned gardener with NOFA certification as an Organic Land Care Professional. Too often it seems that advice on gardening organically, cutting pesticide/herbicide use, and sustainable gardening practices falls on deaf ears.

Another contributing factor is a sense that everything that needed to be said about gardening was being said by others. What was/is this blog really offering?

I third factor is a feeling that having advertising on this blog is disingenuous. When you participate in ad programs you cannot control every running ad, resulting in some ads that just don’t sit right with my gardening or living practices.

Native, self-sown asters glow in autumn's light.

Native, self-sown asters glow in autumn’s light.

So expect to see change here; some subtle, some not so. It’s time to re-energize my love of writing about gardening, and make this blog feel right to me again.

Seed heads of autumn-blooming sedum.

Seed heads of autumn-blooming sedum.

Change may not fix all the factors that contributed to my lack of blogging, but that’s okay.

If you like the change you see I invite you to subscribe, via the subscribe box in the sidebar, so new posts will go to your inbox.

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