Category: cottage garden

yellow april orchids

This charming little basket of yellow dendrobiums  finally came into its own this week.  I honestly have to say this is one my very favorite specimens from D’s orchid collection.  It is just so sunny and bright and cheerful! Nobile dendrobiums can be grown and flowered in the home or greenhouse. However, they have rather specific…

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april orchids

The rain has stopped…at last! And the sun is streaming through the front porch, encouraging the orchids to bloom, bloom, bloom.   These two mini phales are lovin’ it. Plus, there are two baskets of  Nobile dendrobiums visiting from D’s greenhouse this month; these snow white beauties with a deep purple throat and a solid yellow…

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rosemary honey

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature –if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you –know that the morning and spring of your life are…

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wind, rain, hail

The last twenty-four hours have been crazy!  Wind. Rain. Hail. Cold!!! I spent most of the day working on a new eBook, glued to the computer again. Then late this afternoon, while it was still raining, a blast of bright sunlight flashed through the garden.  I stepped out the back door to let Kai Li…

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winter’s back !

We spent yesterday in the garden. The sun was warm – 70 plus – and it was spring.  Planted some marigolds. Moved the Meyer Lemon, the Lime and four miniature roses.  The citrus are in BIG pots – no small feat to move ‘em.  Pulled the lemon out of its pot, moved the pot to…

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grapefruit anyone?

I LOVE California!  I love the luxury of walking out my back door and picking a big, fat, juicy pink grapefruit for breakfast. I love the sunny days, and the foggy days.  I love spring in February and little or no violent weather. I love the fact that this truly is “the land of milk…

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make lemonade

I have a bookmark bearing this quote: “When life give you lemons – make lemonade.”  Early this morning there is evidence of spring, and the promise of another crop of lemonade in the garden.  The Meyer lemon we planted last summer is all but bursting with flowers.  I know the green fruit should probably be…

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in like a lamb

March came in like a lamb…you know what that means.  Out like a lion! Today is another cold, gray day.  Nothing like the 70 degree days we enjoyed the last two weeks of February. The sun peeked out for a minute or two, then the clouds closed up and it’s winter again.  The old joke…

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hummy feeders

Every garden-maker should be an artist along his own lines…. The tiniest garden is often the loveliest.” Vita Sackville-West My hummingbird feeder died this afternoon.  I filled it and it leaked out all the nectar before I could even get it away from the kitchen sink. That’s bad! It makes for a crowd of the…

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