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Chelsea Chop!

This is the time of year when it’s a good idea to give perennials a bit of a taming!

The Chelsea chop (so called because it is usually carried out at the end of May, coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show) is a pruning method by which you limit the size and control the flowering season of many herbaceous plants. 266 more words



I am still waiting with baited breath to see if all those white blooms result in lots of plump strawberries.  I just gave the pallet bed a dose of fertilizer in order to encourage them in their fruiting–another bed is also full of lush green strawberry plants and blooms, but I seem to have more blooms than berries in the garden. 20 more words

Cottage Gardening

Moving the Heirloom Garden to Montana

Hello everyone!  I have been moving our garden of heirloom plants to Ronan, Montana, where I will be joining the staff at Westland Seed, Inc. as greenhouse/nursery manager.  228 more words


A Moment in a Spring Garden

The apple trees are blooming, a warm breeze is blowing–a spring moment in the garden accompanied by the bronze-tones of wind chimes…  Every other year we have a bumper crop of apples, and this is the year.  106 more words


My picture today is of a painting I did of  a window box of petunias with sweet alyssum (though the alyssum really appears as an abstract smudge of white).  664 more words


A Few More Photos

Hello Everyone!  I am late this week with a post as I have moved my garden to Montana where I will grow organic bedding plants, perennials, roses, shrubs and fruit trees for Westland Seed, Inc.

More next week!


Photographs of Historic Florist Pansies

This week I thought I would show pictures of the Historic Florist pansies I grew from seed.  The top photo is of my pansy bed; the others show the diversity of blooms and colors of antique pansies.  75 more words