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Posted: 21/04/2012 at 21:21

so beautiful. temp 85 today and tomorrow, cooler and rain by weds. the huge old apple trees across the street in fulll bloom-clouds of everlasting joy. acer ginnala which i thinned drastically last spring is looking very fine-the clematis and rose that grow through it flourishing. the rose was bought as a sport of nevada but i have never seen it offered or described since. arching sprays of single pink flowers which open at the same time as the clematis henryii- they are underplanted with hosta inniswood, brunnera jack frost and a few primula-which reminds me that primula florindae shows signs of desire to live someplace other than Reno nv. this has been the warmest driest winter on record for the US so perhaps it will be summer here until october. the persicaria affine is showing signs of sinister purpose-oh my good lord what have i done?


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 20:30

thalictrum rochebrunianum flourishing, thundercloud not so good, seedling flavum coming up in the middles of things-threatening the life of a sidalcea party girl but the combination might be fun. lilies have their noses up except the regals which i disturbed at an inopportune moment. lathyrus vernus is blooming in front of lunaria their flowers the exact same shade-lucky me. lysimachia ciliata atro purpurea running around everywhere-what in the name of mercy inspired me to plant it? ciliata fantasy(cream, olive and pink) is entirely too restrained-ah well so it goes.


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:48

after 4 warm nights the garden has suddenly arrived. i can see that in a week or so it will begin to look like summer. the iris oncocyclus have been infested with ribbon wire grass-alack, alas-when they finish blooming heroic measures will be called for, and they do hate being disturbed. several shrubs that have not thrived will be moved today-they are too fine to be simply chucked. gentian acaulis is budded, veronica gentianoides will bloom tomorrow, iris tectorum covered with buds and rose lawrence johnston looks to be very fine this year. if only it could be 75 everyday but hot days and six months of sun are coming.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:34

the weather here in reno nv. is superlative-mid 70's perfectly clear, cerulean skies the garden going like a house afire-everything happening at once

Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:42

Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:41

Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 22:40

Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:45

if you have windows go to photo apps hit properties hit resize down to 640 or 680 hit ok hit save and then you should be able to send


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:40

scilla campanulata, muscari, brunnera hadspen cream  with anemone nemorosa literally a carpet under the cornus baileyii. also a new(to me)pulmonaria-silver frosted leaves with each flower cluster containing both blues and pinks. a seedling hellebore with darker red flowers than any i have-so many great plants have been the result of accident rather intention. a very fine dianthus which was given to me as carth usianorum is possibly not, this one grows to 1 meter while carthus is 8 inches, hmmm? vitis purpurea is breaking, such a relief when it is something we really want. verbascums are already monumental clumps. physocarpus copperopolis with berberis aurea-i'm trying not to add anything-always a temptation this time of year-until i see what is actually there. have the varieties of geum exploded there the way they have here? such an excellent plant, rudbeckias alos seemingly in every color-what remarkable and lovely times we live in.


Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:08

just a nice picture

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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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all through the year 
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