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Thursday, January 18, 2018


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Lots of green to celebrate in your Wisconsin garden and plenty of brown in the PNW. Maybe because lawns here are brown in the summer and green in the winter, it seems greener to some.

Linda Brazill

That might explain it, because she certainly did not understand the realities of the climate in her new home — based on her conversation with Loree.

Loree / danger garden

I have to admit you shared more green than I thought might be around in your winter, probably because I am equating it with Spokane, the Zone 5 of my youth. What killed me about her statement was that she seemed to think that evergreen = conifer. And there is so much more than that.

Linda Brazill

I really think she must be from a small town up north where it is woodsy. If she grew up on a farm, I think she would have a broader view of nature.

Lisa at Greenbow

This post reminds me I must get that Searsucker Carex ordered this winter so I can get some into the garden this spring. I am also reminded how jealous I am that you can grow Maidenhair Fern. I have tried it in several places in my garden. It just doesn't like our heat and droughts I guess. I have seen it growing wild in a park about 60 miles north of here. I just have to let it go I guess. All of the moss and lichen growing in your garden is so pretty. You have so much winter interest whether it is snowing or not.


A beautiful post, the vascular plants are nice enough but I love the look of mosses in the winter. I'd try a moss garden like yours if I had a shady enough spot.... maybe someday.
Your bamboo is telling me that it's not my climate which keeps my own fargesia stunted, it's my gardening skills. Yours looks very nice and healthy.

Linda Brazill

We have moss in a fair amount of sun. It just appeared and has colonized an area. So whatever conditions we had, that is what it was looking for — which is pretty much how moss works. Our bamboo died back in 2013/14 and it took until last year for it to get up to speed again. It needs to be cut back this year which means Mark has to take an axe to the roots all around the plant and hack it out.

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