Morning Glories and Memories

morning glories

Some flowers are so beautiful they can stop you in your tracks. Morning glories do that to me.

I love morning glories, but I’ve never planted them here. They don’t care, though. Whenever we remove turf to make a new bed, old seeds are exposed to light, and then they germinate. If […]

A Few Late Flower Bloomers in Shenandoah

holdout flowers in bloom

We had a very warm couple of days over the holiday weekend, and a few plants still think it’s summer. Some are putting out a few blooms in the drought-tolerant pollinator garden, even though most of the same species of plants are already setting seed.

Annual Garden Impatiens, Impatiens balsamina¬†(upper […]

Aster Blooms in Autumn

asters in bloom

Two dreary days in a row. This year, that’s pretty common. Shenandoah National Park reported on their Facebook page this week “To date this year we have had nearly 80 inches of rain, more than 25 inches than usual.”

So while the day is gray, the perennials are still colorful, especially […]

Orange Autumn Blooms in the Shenandoah Valley

orange flowers in bloom

It’s a a gray, dreary day in the Shenandoah Valley. It finally feels like Autumn is here, which is a bittersweet realization. It means the butterflies and other critters are headed south or overwintering, and the flowers are starting to fade. The birds are already enjoying the seed from the […]

Saving Seed and Handmade Packets

gaillardia

Seedheads are maturing in the garden, so it’s time to start collecting!

I like to look the stems of some plants to know when it’s time to collect the seeds. With the gaillardia at right, the three left seed heads aren’t ready to collect, but the two on the right are. (Click to […]