Category Archives: gardening

Winter gardening?

Are you yearning for growing green things? If so, you might want to listen to this column about my March garden.

I hope you have a few plants in your home to lift your spirts. Artificial flowers might help too, especially if you happen to kill house plants.

Join me in looking forward to spring.

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Phlox at sunset

Colors change in the landscape when the sky turns orange. You can see the reflection of the sky on the siding of my white house.

These phlox are a light lavender.

The scent of the phlox is the strongest in the morning. I breathe it in deeply to start my day.

There’s only one thing wrong with this flower. Its spelling!!!!

I forget how to spell Phlox. I want it to be Flocks. It’s a good thing when I googled it that the internet understood my poor spelling and led me to the correct flower. (Mom had a lot of this kind of flower growing in her yard, but she had their name all wrong. She called them Sweet Williams.)

Phlox, no matter how they are spelled, add to the beauty of our world.

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I do love holly hocks. I didn’t expect to have any this year.

Lucky for me this is another flower that surprised me and grew.

I’ve tried to grow them many times before, but they never seem to take.

Last year I had none that I remember, but I guess one hid out and then blossomed this year. They are biennials, flowering every their second year of growth.

They could be found growing almost like a weed on some farms, but I couldn’t keep mine going.

I was jealous when they just seemed to pop up along buildings without anyone tending to them.

Happily I have a few blooming yellow hollyhocks this year.

Another gift that will keep me going.

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Mystery flower

I don’t remember ever seeing this lily in my garden. Never. Ever.

Any ideas what this lily is?

I don’t remember planting any kind of lily this year.

It’s pretty in pink.

It came up in a weedy patch of overgrown poppies, right next to the house.

I’m happy to see it, but I have no idea what kind of lily it is. Ideas are welcome.

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