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What rose gardeners do in winter

besides peruse rose catalogs: We get into houseplants.   I do fine with outdoor plants that can pretty much fend for themselves, but houseplants are a whole different ball game, as my dad would say. I’m the Johnny Appleseed of … Continue reading

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Structure 3: Et cetera (et Jacques Majorelle)

You might notice a lot of blue stuff in my garden.  I think I first started using this band of blues when I bought the folding bistro table and chairs on the side porch.  The chairs not only had molded … Continue reading

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Structure 2: Arches

Here Lulu leads the way into the backyard.   We got her from the Frankfort humane society in 1998, shortly after we bought the house. Arches are some great bang for the buck for a lot of reasons: They point out … Continue reading

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Structure 1: Porch

Structure is almost the most important thing in making a garden look good, and it’s where I fall short.  Alas, the salary from my day job does not afford me fripperies such as brick or stone walls or paths, terracing, … Continue reading

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The argument for once-blooming roses: Exhibit A

If you are lucky enough to live in Zone 7 or south, you can grow White Lady Banks [Rosa Banksiae] and Yellow Lady Banks, and this lovely: Rosa fortuniana.  It’s thought to be a naturally occurring hybrid between white Lady … Continue reading

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