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Tuesday, May 09, 2023


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Kris P

I'm glad your somewhat sour mood on Monday turned around so well, Linda. I love the bright green of new foliage too. In my garden, I also get flushes of orange-tinged new foliage from our Xylosma hedge, which often outshines the rest of the garden.

I smiled when I read you'd collected years of Garden Illustrated magazines. I had a decade plus of Fine Gardening at one time but, when we moved in 2010, I decided enough was enough ;)


I'm glad your cranky day turned out not to be one after all! That aquilegia is a beauty in a low key, quiet way. Love it! What nursery did it come from?


Oh good. My mood has been going back and forth with the changeable weather, too. April is always up and down, but not usually so dramatically. And I hope May will be a little more "normal." It's usually one of my favorite months here in S. Wisconsin.

Linda Brazill

BETH — ​My favorite month as well. So far so good.

Linda Brazill

GINNY — Russell Stafford / Odyssey Perennials. Small nursery with small plants; but interesting ones.

Linda Brazill

KRIS — Even though ​I got rid of a bunch of the garden mags but still need to discard more of them. They're a small number compared to garden books, but still too many.

Barbara H.

Oh, those magazines - I feel your pain. Glad you had so many garden treasures to make up for it.

danger garden

I've definitely gone thru similar reversals, also usually involving the garden, garden talk, or new plants!


With gardens going into overdrive, one can't help but feel elated. "I walked around... just marveling at the beauty"... it sounds just like what I do, never tiring of it.
I was surprised to see how far along your ferns are considering the tough winter you had. They are certainly ahead of my own ferns in Seattle, especially the Japanese painted ferns.


I know nothing of Peonies, but the Peony discovery is fun! I wonder if you'll be able to ID it eventually, or maybe it's a new spontaneous hybrid?

Linda Brazill

CHAVLI — I keep noticing how many things look great and then suddenly see something odd. Last year my Lady Slipper orchid (Cypripedium 'Hank Small') had five stems loaded with flowers. This year there is one lone stem. I haven't a clue what that means. It's old and was moved a couple of times until I found the right spot and it took off. My other, equally old, Cyprepedium is doing the same thing. I am just going to think positive: It's still alive.


Walk and Gawk is one of my favorite garden activities. Color is wonder but that pure freshness of new foliage is just as good.

Glad your day turned out beautifully.


Aquilegia viridiflora is such a beautiful plant. I got a few seedlings planted out last year. Hopefully they will bloom by next year at the latest!

Linda Brazill

JERRY — The plant I got is small enough that I think it will take at least a year to get any flowers. ​

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