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Miscellaneous posts

More Roses … And Another Flutter-by

Today, Gertrude Jekyll and Heritage have joined the other roses in a late-summer bloom.  Pat Austin and Double Delight also had blossoms for us today.  The Abelia continues to exert its magnetic attraction to butterflies.  Today it drew in a … Continue reading

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Gotcha!

The strange moth returned today and I was right there waiting with the camera set to shutter priority at a shutter speed of 1/350th second.  That froze the motion of the wings quite nicely!  From what I see on the … Continue reading

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Mother Nature’s Surprises

Today was quite a day (it had to be, to merit three separate blog entries)!  Later on in the afternoon, there was another, even smaller butterfly fluttering around the Abelia.  Once again, it wouldn't pose with wings outspread, but I … Continue reading

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The Butterflies Are Fluttering By

The Abelia seems to have a magical attraction for butterflies, bees, bumblebees, and other assorted insects, as well as a very, very strange moth that acts like a hummingbird (I will get a photo sooner or later).  I've mentioned the … Continue reading

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More Pleasant Surprises!

I went for a stroll through the garden this fine Sunday morning and found that my roses had a few surprises for me.  Louise Odier, Pat Austin, and Sunbright each had two beautiful blossoms waiting for me and Melody Parfumee … Continue reading

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Score: Dave – 1, Crabgrass – 0

Well, much to my own surprise, the new herbicide, Drive 75, did exactly what it was advertised to do.  The crabgrass is history with very little damage to the actual turf.  I'll probably overseed soon with the mix I like, … Continue reading

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A Hopeful Sign?

It's probably just my imagination, but I seem to perceive a slight yellowing to the crabgrass.  Here's hoping!  What isn't my imagination is Double Delight — it's just opening up exquisite blooms that are incredibly fragrant, one right after another.  … Continue reading

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A Shakespearean Tragedy In The Making?

Today was, methinks, the first act in what may well turn out to be a new tragic drama of Shakespearean proportions.  It's called "Dave vs. The Crabgrass."  You see, despite the 10 cubic yards of topsoil and the new grass … Continue reading

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Too Hot!

Temperature: 100°F Humidity: 50% Feels like: 115°F And that says it all. The garden will have to do without me until this heat breaks.

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The Garden Smells Wonderful!

Yesterday, the landscaper came after the rains had subsided and put down yard after yard of well-shredded cedar bark mulch in all of the perimeter beds and rose gardens.  The fresh scent is wonderful!  And, the fresh mulch sets off … Continue reading

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