Sunday, June 4, 2017

Clematis in Bloom

This year is looking good for my 2 year old clematis.  The blooms are a gorgeous deep purple and huge, like a saucer. I need to add some height to my current trellis so it can trail up more instead of flopping over. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Light Conditions Figured Out

I don't know about you but there is nothing more aggravating then trying to figure out the light conditions of plants via their sales tag, and then translate that into your garden. So here's a little cheat sheet on what the light conditions mean.


  • Full Sun - direct sun from dawn to sunset
  • Sun - 6 or more hours of direct sun (some sun plants do better with afternoon shade)
  • Light Shade - 2-3 hours sun
Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Part Sun - 4-6 hours of direct sun
  • Half Shade - 4-5 hours of shade with periods of sun and periods of shade
  • Part Shade - some morning sun, but afternoon shade
  • Shade - less than 4 hours of direct sun
  • Full Shade - little to no direct sun at any time

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Lenten Rose

My mother-in-law has been growing Lenten Roses in her garden for decades and I have always loved them, but she is in Zone 5 and has more varieties at her disposal. I was finally able to find a Zone 4 plant in a color I liked, so I planted this one three years ago. This is the first spring it has bloomed since planting. The deep purple color is stunning!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Clean Up...Finally

It has been a long wait for Spring to arrive...and I'm not quite sure if it is here actually. But it's spring break for the kids so I took the week off to get some stuff done and have some fun, too. Today was a 50 degree day so I decided to start the spring clean up of the flower beds. I leave some things up over the winter, like coneflowers, so birds can enjoy the seeds, and so a little bit of natural reseeding takes place for "volunteer" plants.