Snow Day Photos

Ohio breaks snowfall record in Dayton, 120-year-old record in Cincinnati. No Garden work today. Sitting in the office and thankfully watching the snow fall off the leaves of trees and bushes weighted down almost to the ground. Here are a few shots around the garden. Mostly of the flowering trees and bushes to show … Read more


Around the Garden Hellebore in bloom. Of note is the ‘Spanish Flare’ shown here. Taken from Wikipedia: Helleborus genus consists of approximately 20 species of evergreen perennial flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. Various species of this genus originated in Europe and Asia. It’s a mixed blessing having the Hellebore in bloom so early … Read more

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.

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 … Read more

Too big?!

Long Border

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more