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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Garden chronicles; buffy's tear drop

In 2004 we added buffy to our garden after a couple of wonderful trips to Yellowstone. Our old house was nothing but acres of steep hills, we had to chisel in a wee corner to level a spot for her cloven hooves as she perched on the side hill.
 
 
 
 
 
this weekend buffy moved to a more prominent spot at the new house, she is tucked into a level tear drop shaped entry driveway. she will spear head a dry color garden, dotted with grasses and gray, blue, yellow and white swaths of color. the heavy end of the tear drop will be anchored with a gazebo and lemon trees, we think she will be delighted to be featured front and center in the years to come.
 
~planted front to back~
 
Red Fox curly sedge 3
Sweet broom 3
Coast rosemary
Wooly blue curls
Skyrocket juniper 10
Rosemary 10
old olive trees 2
Olive wilsonii 3
Plumbago 3
miscanthus maidenhair 3
Artemesia powis castle
Ca poppy
Blue lupin
Myers lemon 6
Bearded iris
silk trees 3
 
...still on the menu...
 
Gaura
fescue
Laitrus
daffodils
Verbena
Lavender
Romneya
Curry plant
Russian sage
Pride of madeira
Yellow red hot poker
Agapanthus midnight
Yarrow moonshine yellow
Yarrow achillea yellow and white
Caryopteris summer sorbet blue mist spirea

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Garden chronicles, gathering a rose garden~

The plan is made, design is sketched, ground spray painted, let the gathering begin...

David Austin's...

Abraham darby
Benjamin britten
Christopher marlowe
Egaltyne
Evelyn 3
Gentle Hermione
Gertrude Jekyll
Golden celebration
Grace
Graham Thomas
Jubilee celebration
Lady Emma hamilton
Munstead wood
Queen of sweden
The ancient mariner
The Lady gardener
The poets wife
The prince
Windemere
William Shakespeare 2000
Wollerton

Floribunda...

Burgundy iceberg 3
Candy cane cocktail 3
Cinco de mayo 3
Day breaker 3
Distant drums 3
Earth angel 3
Easy does it 3
Easy going 3
Ebb tide 3
First crush 3
Frieda kahlo 3
George burns 3
Honey perfume 3
Hot cocoa 3
La park 3
Loko koko 3
Polynesian punch 3
Rosie the riveter 3
Sentimental 3
Sheilas perfume 3
St Tropez 3
Summer romance 3

Hybrid teas/ grandiflora...

Apricots and cream
Barrone de Rothschild
Black baccara
Chrysler imperial
Dark night
Double delight
Granada
Heirloom
Honey dijon
Madame anisette
Mon cheri
Moonlight
Miss congeniality
Mr Lincoln
Nicole Carol Miller
Over the moon
Parade day
Paradise
Princess Charlene de Monaco
Rock and roll
Rogue royal
Strike it rich
Sweet mademoiselle
Yves paiget

Shrubs...

Austrian copper
Betty boop
Bulls eye
Eyeconic melon
Gourmet popcorn
Orange and lemon
The fairy
White meidiland

Climbers... 

Cecile brunner 3
Eden
Fourth of July
Fruity petals
Raspberry cream swirl
Sally Holmes 2
Banksaie 2

Floral carpet splash 5

Clematis...

H.f. young
Killian Donahue-

It's amazing how fast a garden can come together with online shopping! It's been thirty years since I put in a rose garden, of course I have favorites from the several hundred varieties I have grown over the decades, I just didn't know those few I truly coveted are no longer available... unless you get lucky! I have been shopping the same nurseries I used thirty years ago, in this day and age longevity is a rarity, but what had me tap dancing and twirling with joy today was when on a lark I found my two missing favorites in an existing nursery garden and they dug them up for me!
PURE JOY!
The unexpected really can delight~

I ADORE Evelyn, I can smell her 50' away, I heard David austin discontinued it, I am so thankful to carry her name on in my new garden.



Honey Dijon, the rich muddy yellow is so striking I can't imagine why it's no longer readily available, to think they dug it up for me at the same place I bought it from at least 10 years ago!
yes, there are garden angels ;-)





The new garden is a long ways off, we need water, deer fencing, structures and statues, but now is the best time for acquisition of bare root roses so I can plant them when the space is ready.  Meanwhile I have been looking fondly back at my old garden, eager to feel that first flush of spring year after year again~

















Saturday, January 27, 2018

Reading goals 2018

GOAL 250

(200 books I own...)


My goodread reviews
my library thing

K's read 700/517

Oldest


1 the hour I first believed
2 drawing in the dust
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Really want


1 the little old lady that broke all the rules
2 a well tempered heart
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

A to Z





# the 19th wife
Arcadia
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
Story hour
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Audio


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Garden








1 cut flower garden
2 outstanding American gardens
3 the English roses
4 beautiful American rose gardens
5 passion for roses
6 in the garden of my dreams
7 Edith wharton's Italian gardens
8 Italy's private gardens
9 private Italian gardens
10 winter garden

Landscaping for privacy
Right rose, right place
Layered garden
Gardenista
Understanding garden design
A seed is sleepy
A nest is noisy
An egg is quiet
A butterfly is patient
A cabaret of plants
Deep in the green
Beautiful edible gardens
Grow cook eat
Bold dry garden
Roots shoots bucket and boots

Historical fiction









1 The pearl that broke it's shell
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

White chrysanthemum
White houses
Librarian of Auschwitz
Non fiction






1 super tuscan
2 test the dog
3 west with the night
4 monets palate
5
6
7
8
9
10
A kitchen in France
Trisha's table
Cass Marcela
Plenty more
Aunt bees Mayberry cookbook
Mighty salads
Farm to chef
French women aren't fat
New Mediterranean cookbook
Complete Mediterranean cookbook
In my kitchen
Southern sympathy cookbook

Road trips


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Summer/ chicklit books






1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Atomic girls
As bright as heaven
Great alone
Lost girls of camp forevermore
Queen of hearts
Life is short but wide
Very Valentine
Rosie colored glasses
The arrangement

Thrillers/mysteries


1 big exit
2 booked to die
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Feather bone
Chalkman
Two girls down
Fierce kingdom
If you knew her
The take
The force of nature
The girlfriend
Pretty baby
I know my name
Glass forest
Self portrait with child
Code to zero
It can't happen here
The French girl
She rides shotgun

Watery




1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Pacific
Stowaway

Christmas










1
2
3

Winter



1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

a book with a season in the title
Vanishing season

a book about an immigrant or refugee
queen of america

a book you didn't think you would like
White bodies

a book with multiple authors
The wife between us

a novel set during wartime
Code girls

a book that takes place over a characters life time
They Immortalists

a book with a red cover
The music shop

an audio book
dark flood rising

A book set in the wilderness
After the fire

a book about an interesting woman
Loving Eleanor

a book with a story in the story
seeds of revenge

a book with an unreliable narrator
The woman in the window

A book with a single word title
Alone

a book by or about a person with a disability
Last black unicorn

a book from a genre you never read
Genius plague

an espionage thriller
The secrets of the secret service

a book about a difficult topic
Method 15/33

a book with a subtitle
Self inflicted wounds
Heartwarming tales of epic humiliation

 book published in 2018
Afterlives

a book with pictures
On Garden style

a book that makes you smile
A Victorian garden dictionary

a book recommended by a stranger
Far from the tree

a book that's been mentioned in another book
Little old lady who struck lucky again!

a book set in two time periods
Peculiar ground

a book with the main character a different ethnicity than you are
The never open desert diner

a book involving a mythical creature
Beasts of extraordinary circumstances

a book set in California
Eyes wide open

a book with a color in the title
Yellow wallpaper

A book recommended by a friend
The girls in the picture

a cookbook
Pretty fun

a book made into a movie or tv series
Dark matter


a book with a title that is a characters name
Orphan #8

a book recommended by a librarian
Oliver loving

a book written by someone you admire
Sisters first

a book with an eccentric character
Why we don't suck

a book with a family member in the title
The wife

a nyt best seller
French women don't get fat

a book from a nonhuman perspective
Eternal life

a book with a cat on the cover
Love saves the day

a book with time travel
How to stop time

An inspirational book
I'd rather be reading

the first book in a series
Crocodile on the sandbank

a best seller from 2017
Hillbilly elegy

book that becomes a movie 2018

All the bright places

a book that's been too long on your tbr list

a book of letters

a book based on mythology

a book over 600 pages

a book set in a hotel

a book with a month or day in the title

A book set in...


Alaska ... Far from here
Africa
Australia...Dangerous crossing
Caribbean
Egypt
Italy ... shoemakers daughter
Mexico
Spain
Sweden ... Stockholm octavo
Switzerland ... Einstein's dreams
Tibet

Library books
1 everything here is beautiful
2
3

relax, enjoy a good bood!