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New Coneflower Colors in the Garden

new coneflower colors

I decided to try a couple of new coneflower colors in the garden this year. I can’t wait to see how they look next season, when they are more mature and filled out. Below is the “standard” Coneflower color which is a light purple, lilac color that we have in our gardens. This is the […]

Hollyhocks In Garden Design

Hollyhocks In Garden Design

When coming up with designs for garden flower beds in your country landscape, be sure to include growing hollyhocks of all varieties. You can place shorter varieties in flowerbeds and introduce the taller specimens to back a perennial border. They can also soften or hide a wall or brighten an uninviting fence. To make the […]

Potential Problems When Growing Holly...

Potential Problems When Growing Hollyhocks

So, here’s a lovely Hollyhock…slightly flawed by the work of our friendly, local “Cutter” bees (see the semi-circle cut-outs on the petal’s outer edges?). But it seems all I can notice are the damaged leaves in the background…the ugly yellow and brown…yuck. That’s a technical term. There’s a fungal disease called hollyhock rust which produces […]

Growing Hollyhocks in a Country Garde...

Growing Hollyhocks in a Country Garden is Easy and Rewarding

With colorful spikes of flowers reaching 6 feet and taller, growing hollyhocks will suit any garden style. As long as there are fences to hide, borders to fill and any bare sunny areas, there will always be a need for hollyhocks. Growing hollyhocks has been enjoyed by generations of gardeners and they have been a […]

Blue Delphinium Petals

Blue Delphinium Petals

We had a hail storm about a week ago. This little stalk of blue Delphinium blooms has been bent over and hanging by a thread ever since. I finally had mercy and cut it to bring indoors. This is absolutely my favorite Delphinium color ever. If you’ve spent even a tiny amount of time here, […]

Sunny Bee

Sunny Bee

I thought this was kinda purdy…. A colorful, cheery flower and a busy bee. I don’t like bees when they sting me though…one got me on the knee the other day…right where my pants are ripped open. Little devil in a striped suit! And it still itches/burns. The little beasties look good in photos though! […]

Homestead Yellow Rose

Homestead Yellow Rose

You may remember a blog post about our “Homestead Purple Iris” from a few weeks ago …a variety of small iris that I took the liberty of naming…since it came from the old homesteads on our ranch. Today, the yellow rose bush is in full bloom…which we also dug up from a homestead on the […]

Dark Pink Peony

Dark Pink Peony

I’m thinking about ordering a large print of this dark pink Peony close-up and hanging it in our bedroom. The accent color in there is just about this shade…and it might look like some kind of fancy abstract artwork…well, maybe not, but whatever…the color is gorgeous anyway! Our Peony bush…yes, I only have 1…finally opened […]

Simple, Sweet Lilacs

Simple, Sweet Lilacs

Nothing is more simple…or sweet smelling than a cutting of Lilacs in a country container…a pitcher in my case. I love stoneware…and this little pitcher is the perfect size for our homemade syrup…or a small arrangement of flowers. Lilac blooms are fleeting…so cut ’em early and often…then place in every room (try the bathroom!)…the smell […]

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