Here’s a bit of good news: the ‘Graham Thomas’ yellow climber growing in my back garden is boasting a few brave blooms! As I said in a previous post, I’d given it up for dead until my husband Continue reading
The amabilis in Kolkwitzia amabilis–beauty bush’s botanical name, after Richard Kolkwitz, a German botanist from the 20th century–means lovely, and that’s an apt if understated description of this old-fashioned, dependable and flower-laden shrub.
Add “fragrant” to its list of attributes. Continue reading
I’d about given up on the wisteria growing at the side of our house. My husband kept telling me it was showing green under the bark, as I wrote on this blog a couple of months ago, but it wasn’t looking good to me. The branches looked dry, dull and brown. Then, on the morning of May 29, about the time the wisteria would be about to break into full, glorious bloom, I looked out the bedroom window Continue reading
Yesterday I pruned the roses and cleared away the old leaves around the clumps of crocuses in my front-yard garden, which were finally blooming bright gold and purple. They were three weeks later than usual, but the air was warm, the cardinals were giving forth their long, liquid calls and the robins were cheerily chirping. I was happy to be outside, doing garden chores. It looked like spring was at last here, after a long, brutal winter. Continue reading