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Friday, July 12, 2019


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Kris P

Nice job! I'm enamored with 'Godzilla' but ferns, painted or otherwise, aren't especially happy in my climate.

Barbara H.

What fun to solve your problem by shopping your own garden. Sometimes those plant losses turn out for the best, though it can be hard at the time.


Betting that a little more sun will be the ticket for blooms from your special shade plants. My favorite of many cherished passages from Henry Mitchell: "Over the years, I must have read hundreds of articles with titles like 'You Can Have Flowers in Shade'. And in the end, what they all come down to is this: you cannot."

Nothing quite as satisfying as renovating and refurnishing a planting entirely with things already in the garden. Aside from the loaves & fishes thrill, you have so much more of a sense of how they'll grow, and look at different times of year.

Lisa at Greenbow

You just dipped into your treasure chest and filled a lovely spot with jewels. They will sparkle in a bit of sun no doubt.


Yes, I like that idea of shopping for plants in one's own garden. I'm trying to do more and more of that lately. 'Godzilla' looks great in that mature location, and I'm sure it will be wonderful with the Bugbane in the new location.

Linda Brazill

We are having a hot and dry July after our lovely cool wet spring. Every day is in the 80s to mid-90s and sunny and humid. Had to start watering and my ferns are all unhappy with the heat. They think they are in So. California by mistake!

Linda Brazill

Henry Mitchell was so witty and snarky and knowledgeable that he was a joy to read. I love your loaves and fishes analogy. You are also right that I know enough about these plants to have a sense of what will work where.

Linda Brazill

What a poetic way to look at it. You have such a lovely way with words. Hot as Indiana here!

danger garden

Nice work, on both accounts!


Great plant choices to fill that spot in your garden!

Linda Brazill

Thanks for the compliment. We are having a hot and dry July with temps in the high 80s and into the 90s. I am too wiped out by that weather to do anything but water and hope my new bed can weather the weather.

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