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Roses and Day Lilies Blooming!

Day Lilies in bloom taken morning of Saturday, June 27, 2020. We encourage visitors. We are open to the public. It is easy to maintain social distancing. There is over 2-1/2 acres of Garden. Please bring and wear your Mask, as needed, when in the Garden.

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The Sound of Music – without organ or choir

Here we are in the middle of Holy Week and I haven’t touched the keyboards of an organ or directed a single note from a choir……there have been no public services of worship in Ohio since March 16. It seems extraordinarily odd to not be doing this after something like 56 years of it! Without

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Long Border
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Too big?!

1 APRIL 2020 AND this is no joke! In the past several years, I have often wondered to myself whether or not having a garden the size of Ashdowne was worth it or not. Those doubts have been erased by the COVID-19 event. If one must be sequestered in situ, I must admit that being

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Stones throw away

A few weeks ago our neighbor graveled the driveway. When it rains hard drainage is a problem. So over the years original gravel gave way to soil which turned to mud even after a moderate rain. We discussed ways to drain the excess water but given the cost and considerable work and disruption to other

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Oops – catch-up time

CATCHING UP WITH 2019 I just looked at the website’s first page and was horrified to discover that I hadn’t written anything since December 30, 2018! So here it is, nearly the first day of summer (and the temperature is 68), so it’s time to update. If by some chance you missed the past post,

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2018 in Review

2018 in Review This has been quite a year. Many, many changes including a familydeath, some personal health issues (under control), a stretch of nearly 3 months dealing with the consequences of major poison ivy reaction, retirement as a hospice RN and, as a result, an opportunity to fully consider the garden, its present needs and

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White Thursday – November 15, 2018

WHEN THE BEAUTIFUL CAN BE HORRIFYING – How often we have heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I’m afraid I don’t recall where I saw this nor the author but I will never forget the rejoinder: “so is ugly.” Well, sometimes the same thing can be both. Some of our

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SUMMER 2018

The garden has been open for viewing since late spring, but has hardly been in a condition I would condone! Between the near-total absence of spring, some surgery, some family illness and death, much in-the-garden work time has been lost.  However, with help from some friends and a lot of grunting and sweat over the

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Introducing the BHB*

*Bodacious Herbaceous Border Well, what else would you call it (keep it clean now); it’s nearly 140′ long and started out about 6′ deep, now 8′. It has been a dream for years; 2017 saw the first steps to reality. The area was cleared of weeds and grass during the fall and winter of 2016

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Beddy Bye time for plants?

Say what? Bedtime for the garden? It’s the end of November, there have been several frosts (temps into mid-low 20s) and there are still things in bloom in the garden. I’ve had roses in bloom in December in a garden in the middle of Columbus, but never anything close to that out here in the

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The magic of Hemerocallis

Day Lilies Hemerocallis – the genus for day lilies – are in their glory right now. The earliest bloomers started nearly three weeks ago, most are going great blazes as I type and some have yet to begin. Carefully selected for blooming time, they can give a garden up to 2 full months, perhaps a

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After the deluge

A wet, warm spring – gotta be great for the plants, right. Right, including the weeds. Wow! What a crop! If the area was properly mulched last fall or early in the season, no problem. An old lesson, learned annually; one of these days it may stick. Then, three weeks and four days and nary

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The cruelest month?

17 April 2017 In his poem “The Waste Land”, T. S. Eliot used the phrase, ‘April is the cruelest month’. While the meaning of poem has no ostensible gardening connections (and, like all good poetry, could be intrepreted in more than one way) and I don’t think he was referring to tax time, I have

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Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph'
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Monkey see, monkey do?

Not wishing to do ‘yet another commentary about screw-ball weather’, I searched through some photos taken earlier in the year for a topic but then realized that I could not avoid the issue! Here are two photos from January 17.  The one that is least out-of-focus is a wonderful conifer of the genus Pinus, species

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To tell the truth

21 February 2017 I cannot tell a lie – I am not dead. Sorry to swipe our first President’s mythical utterance on the eve of his birthday; can’t help myself. (How many of you are old enough to remember when there was no ‘Presidents’ Day’ but the two separate holidays of Lincoln’s birthday on the

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New plans for 2017 – an idiot’s dream (?)

6 February 2017 New projects for the year: wow, what a list. But first let me explain that you may have seen some of these items before; they were probably thoughts for development this last year which got lost in the flurry of non-gardening work I found myself doing from about early July on. Little

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Workshops for 2017

24 January 2017  The workshop schedule for 2017 is now available. Just click on the ‘2017 Workshops’ label above for complete details. We have chosen to continue with the workshops which we started last year for a very simple reason: they were very well received. I don’t think folks were just being polite when they

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La meme chose?

16 January 2017 Change – inevitable? When you have an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer and the border of your garden with the highway is lined with 18 large (50-70′) ash trees, then the answer is “yes”. Such has been the case here. Three summers of late summer drought had weakened the trees such that

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NEW YEAR – and regular posts!

7 January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR! On December 24, I happened to notice a dandelion hugging the ground at about 1/8” and proudly displaying one large, incredibly yellow bloom as if to say, “So there!” Last night, the low was 1 and there will be no more blooms for at least a week now. “La

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Garden Update

What a year! Except for the two abnormally weeks (one in March, on in May), this has been an amazing spring. Flowers are lasting and lasting with many of the flowering shrubs holding onto blossoms two to three times longer than would normally be expected and many have produced their finest ever display. The roses

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FINALLY, SUNSHINE AND DRYNESS!!!

The sun is shining, there is a light breeze, the temperature is 71 degrees F and the birds are singing. And I have a headcold, which is why this post (overdue, I know) is being written in the middle of such a wonderful day. In one of the last posts, I counseled against buying trees

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Spring is NOT here yet!

Based on the current temperatures (it is 60 at 6:30 in the evening as I type this), you would think otherwise. However, it will be in the mid-30s this weekend and spring does not yet officially arrive until the 22nd. Even making that assumption can be dangerous. If you haven’t already figured it out, there’s

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Turning over a new leaf (ves)

Botanical reference aside, I’ve decided to make every attempt to do at the very least a weekly posting. I make no promises as to quality of content. Posted subject matters will be whatever has come to mind in the previous hours or weeks and on topics I hope will be of interest/help to any budding

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The trash appeareth to pileth up – but, yo!

Whee and hot dog! Leaves, leaves, leaves! What others discard with distain, we embrace with enthusiasm! Given the fact that this autumn’s weather has been considerably milder than the last couple of years’, leaves have lingered longer and we have had to wait for the first installments of next year’s topsoil to arrive, neatly packaged

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Lucky Day

Nothing unlucky about today, Friday the 13th. The Garden still glories in fall colors. This has not been a spectacular year for fall color; only a few of the sugar and red maples seem to be enthusiastic. But it has lasted for what seems a rather extraordinarily long stretch and has made up for the

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In the Garden

In the garden with interesting plants The over-all design of the garden is generally informal although there are some more formal features such as the rose and herb garden with outline in brick and center walk of gravel with center pool and fountain, or the ‘great Allee’, even though it is in the middle of

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