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A gorgeous hot-pink dahlia bloom with a yellow center. Credit: daniellemastersonbooks.com.
Gretchen Robinson July 2, 2014 at 05:01 pm
Dahlias are incredibly with the intensity of their colors. Summer at its best.
A nearly perfect dahlia bloom. Credit: DanielleMastersonBooks.com
Anna Bucciarelli June 26, 2014 at 09:33 am
Little queens in any garden! They are usually late to bloom, you're lucky. I love the big dinnerRead More plate-sized dahlias, placed toward the back of my garden for they can grow up to 4-5 feet in height. My problem, and it's not really a problem, is that I have nowhere to store them after lifting them in the fall, they usually just rot away so cannot be replanted. Not a real problem tho ... just buy some to plant again, maybe a new strain.
Danielle Masterson July 5, 2014 at 02:11 pm
I've never tried the dinner-plates, Anna! I'm scared to fail, so I keep going with my little babies.Read More The storm on the Fourth really did in my hot-pink ones, they are quite lilty right now. But my multis are *gorgeous* right now! :)
What is this plant?! Credit: DanielleMastersonBooks.com
Iron Man May 27, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Cigaweed. You're busted.
Danielle Masterson May 31, 2014 at 10:42 am
haha! ^
Danielle Masterson May 31, 2014 at 10:43 am
Well, the prevailing opinion is that this RED SORREL - and it is indeed a weed! So it looks like IRead More better get out in the garden!! The weird thing is, it's no where else! But it likes poor soil, and the rock garden isn't exactly a great soil area, so that may be how it managed to thrive.
Spearmint and lemon balm. Credit: DanielleMastersonBooks.com.
Anna Bucciarelli May 19, 2014 at 07:48 am
Cute blog Danielle. Favorite herbs grown for cooking include Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme,Read More basal (of course!), and Sage. I grow "ornamental" herbs for the wonderful aroma they exude when snipped ... spearmint, always in its own container to avoid take-over, same with other mints (pineapple for example). Parsley and Basal are annual but I usually snip enough to freeze over winter and try to over-winter a plant or two for really fresh eating. Thyme and Sage always make their way back but this was particularly hard winter and I'm afraid they are just not appearing. Rosemary ... what can I say ... in our cold climate, it does not come back, I've potted it up and kept it indoors but I just cannot get it to flourish so need to buy a new plant each year (kills me since my daughter has great success with her Rosemary ,,, whatever am I doing wrong?). Dahlias, especially the large, dinner-plate size ... the ladies in any garden ... I like them a lot and I am also fond of Canna and hardy Hibiscus. I place these toward the back of one particular garden as they grow very tall. Except for the Hibiscus, the Canna and Dahlia tubers must be lifted and stored ... they can't take our winters in-ground. I am not always successful with storing them tho since I don't have a proper location for them to rest over Winter so give them to a neighbor who then hands some back to me come each Spring (they double, triple and quadruple in size each growing season!) Enjoy these lovely days (at last) and garden till you drop!
Colleen Walsh Fong May 19, 2014 at 10:20 am
I can understand your attraction to dahlias, Danielle! In early gardening years before the treesRead More took over I had lots of sun. I grew dahlia's and loved their showy blooms--until the voles got them by the roots (or bulbs!) Some years I grow a container herb garden and use them in dishes. And also have some thyme and rosemary planted for ornamental purposes along pathways.
Phlox. Credit: DanielleMastersonBooks.com
Renee Cwiek May 15, 2014 at 05:41 pm
LOL You totally should have asked them! It probably would have made their day knowing that youRead More were admiring their flowers! Definitely go back and talk phlox!
Anna Bucciarelli May 15, 2014 at 07:19 pm
ABSOLUTELY ... go back and make their day. I am always thrilled when walkers-by stop to chat aboutRead More my gardens ... while my back breaks the pain diminishes when someone notices my hard labor of love. (I think your phlox is adorable ... give it time, it will spread. Maybe the phlox you admired was put in long ago and maybe lots of plants, not just one lonely one ... take heart, dear heart!)
Bill the 1st May 15, 2014 at 09:04 pm
According to my phlox, the secret is neglect and abuse. Last year, my wife decided to try to chokeRead More out the creeping charlie. She ended up choking out it and most of the phlox. The only part that was left was the stuff with bare roots anchored to the stone wall. Even after the cold Winter, it looks fantastic.
Getting back into the garden after a long winter. Credit: DanielleMastersonBooks.com.
Jack Baillargeron May 14, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Most of my stuff appears to be coming back well though a little delayed. Was told due to the coldRead More winter the frost line was deeper than normal and also that because of so much moist soil due to high water table, thing may take longer and you may lose some because of the exess moisture as some of the perrenials may have taken a hit for that. The phlox I have never had a problem with but you are lot more north so you may have even more extreme then we had soil wise. I would talk to local farmers, that where I get my info from anyway. Good luck and hope your thumb turns greener ;-}.
My iPad has several e-reading apps. Credit: Danielle Masterson.
Fay April 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
Thanks Tim! I'll check it out!
Brina M April 24, 2014 at 11:07 am
The original kindle is great for outside reading. I got a lot of good tips from these comments.Read More Thank you all.
Julia Whitney Robarts May 19, 2014 at 08:34 am
I am still an old-fashioned girl. Would rather hold a book and fold down the page corner and toss itRead More in the sand when it's time to snooze on the beach. However, thanks to the looming deadlines imposed by book club, I've had to purchase an e-book twice and it saved my literary a$$ :) Your points are all valid!
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Copyright: Akashic Books.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:15 am
Definitely will add these to my long, long list of "to reads". Maybe I'll live longRead More enough to get to them all. Just finished an oldie but goodie ... but you know? The stories only stay with me for a while, I read so much that I forget what I've already read and after the first few pages, I get into it again and often continue since I liked it the first time around. There will never be enough hours in any day to read all I want to and thank goodness and God for Goodreads and, of course, my library and you, Danielle, for adding to my lists. Was offered a Kindle but know what? I really prefer to hold that book in my lap to read, plus I prefer to use my library ... it's FREE, for goodness sake, why would I pay to read anything but a newspaper? And, even that can be gotten at the library. If nothing else, I just love the smell of a library! (Sorry for my longwinded-ness ... just love, love books.)
Mamie Huggins April 20, 2014 at 08:37 am
Hey Anna - I'm a book lover too and use the library on occasion. But it's not FREE as you say, it'sRead More paid for by us taxpayers. Also, when I buy a book, especially by an unknown and/or local author, I'm helping that person to keep writing.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Of course you're right Mamie but if I don't have to part with an additional penny from my pocket IRead More feel it's a treat. And you're right too about keeping authors writing I especially like books by new, first-time novelists who often surprise me with the wonder of their words.
Helena Minton April 4, 2013 at 07:22 pm
We were thrilled that Laura Harrington visited the library. She was very generous with her time.Read More Alice Bliss is a beautiful novel and is now on many high school and college reading lists.
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Renee Cwiek April 12, 2014 at 01:16 pm
I'm not much of a gardener, but I'm loving this warm weather too!
Sayona April 12, 2014 at 01:33 pm
Great pictures of flowers- purple and yellow in spring are my favorite! My daffs andRead More crocuses--tulips and hyacinths are looking good.
Anna Bucciarelli April 12, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Plenty of shoots peaking through but no flowers yet, except for happy-faced pansies I put out inRead More pots just the last couple of days. I suspect this will be a slower year ... not sure why I'm saying that except that maybe I'm still suffering the dregs of this awful past winter.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Credit: suemonkkidd.com media.
Anna Bucciarelli January 8, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Believe it or not Danielle, there was a time in recent years when I polished off as many as 3 booksRead More a week. Of course, my house was beginning to fall down around me but that was easily taken care of just one day a week. I never watched TV much, still don't and still read at least a book a week if it's under 500 pages, amended my wayward mind and tuned it in to every-day living and am probably better for it. At least I don't need to feel guilty about letting things slide, keep things in their place and clutter at bay and all is right with the world (at least I think so:)).
World Almanac & Book of Facts 2014. Credit: Danielle Masterson.
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