Month: March 2012

Poppies

Poppies

Here is a March photo of poppies that have self seeded in my front yard garden.  It is always nice to have a lot of volunteers, but this is just too much.  In a couple of weeks, I will thin these out, either by pulling them out from the root, or if the roots are  […]

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Bee at work on the crocuses

Bee at work on the crocuses

I just took this photo this AM, experimenting with a new camera.  This worker bee has been busy gathering pollen from the crocuses.  Notice his hairy back legs are full of pollen and he has collected some on his front legs as well.   The pollen is sometimes referred to as “bee-bread”, and when mixed with […]

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Second day of spring. What a difference a day makes!

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First day of Spring – Oh no, more snow!

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Roses

Here is a picture of the base of my favorite hybrid tea rose “Double Delight”- I wanted to show you what garbage collectors they are!  I might get brave and clean out these dead leaves, but for now, I am not going to prune the rose.  I live in USDA hardiness zone 7A (go to http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx to […]

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Bearded Iris

Oh, the beauty of iris in spring! Just kidding.  If you did nothing in the fall with the iris, then they will look like this.  The leaves are brown and grey, mottled with mildew and lying on the ground. Time for some work on these guys.  But don’t be discouraged,  with just a few minutes of […]

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Weeping Brown Sedge (Carex flagellifera)

Here is a weeping brown sedge before pruning.  This sedge is best NOT cut to the ground. Just give it a mild hair cut with the  long bladed pruning shears.                     Below shows me preparing for a “ponytail” cut for the sedge.  Using this method, the […]

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Spring Clean up

Here is common sage in early March.  I decided not to do any pruning on it yet.  It seems a  bit too early.  We are sure to get several more freezing nights and so I am going to wait for about a month.  Then, I will cut off the dead branches and shape it up […]

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