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Layanee DeMerchant
I garden in northwestern Rhode Island. This is a zone 5b-6 garden. One of the most rewarding experiences for this gardener is to share the on-going evolution of the garden and the fruits of her efforts. This blog is a vehicle for the journey. I will also be adding some highlights from my travels to local garden centers. There is always a new trend, new plant, or a display garden or greenhouse to share.
Interests: gardening, wine, golf, reading, family
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The garden is showing signs of seasonal progression for sure but your room is ready! Come on up.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I got mine at Opus Nursery in Little Compton. They do mail order I think. You could give them a try. The foliage is quite bright here as well. I thought it would be early but it seemed to sit in suspended animation for a week or so and then on came the color. Quite brilliant on a rainy day!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
The Vanilla Strawberry is in full sun. It seems to like the spot but, as I mentioned, it does act a bit wonky and I end up pruning some long stems. They shoot up a couple feet above the bulk of the shrub. No worries though. Raining here today and we need the rain.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Well, I don't have too many roses blooming here right now so, you enjoy my hydrangea and I will glory in the pictures of your roses. Win/Win!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Some years are good and some bad. I am thankful for the color this year.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
It is the burnished time of year and the monarchs just add to that color scheme.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I do love the first frosts. Everything is crispy and it is a definite signal that the end has come. Enjoy those last blooms.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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The summer really is gone and there is the sweet smell of decay in the air. There has been no frost here yet which is a bit unusual although blackened foliage in the valley a mile away tells a different... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ledge and Gardens
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Let us make it so! I actually turned the heat on today. Drizzly and cool although we do need the rain.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
The spider web was a lucky find. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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I take them for granted, these ferns. They seem to be impervious to deer, drought and drenches. They form large colonies and they are a problem if they invade the perennial border. I pull some out each spring but I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Isn't it amazing how similar gardens can be over a wide range of distance...and how different as well. Thanks for visiting, Beth.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Thank you Lois. We do love fall. Let's go golfing.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I have been in denial as well. It went so fast! Thank you Frank for the kind words.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I know, Pam. Summer in Texas means sitting inside with the AC running and reading a book or writing. Not so bad. I do hope your fall brings fabulous weather and perfect gardening temps. Oh, and no bugs.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I am sorry that your tomato harvest was a bit scarce. It is interesting how just a bit of distance makes such a difference. Of course you are in the clouds as well. You have a great attitude. Enjoy this fall day and the colors it brings.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I love it too. It is such a relief after a hot summer...even a not so hot summer. Those long days can be quite tiring.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
So sweet. Miss ya!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
I guess we all have our pesky pests. Your new garden looks fabulous. I hope those raccoons get the 'point' one of these days.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Thank you for reading and commenting. As you know, comments are king.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on Fall - 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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I am not sure how it happened. Summer is gone and today is the first full day of fall. I thought it the perfect summer. Many would disagree. It was clear and not overly hot. The tomatoes loved it. Lots... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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Bloom Day has arrived clear and cool. The end of summer has been quite dry and the gardens are showing a bit of wear and tear. Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is blooming at seven feet tall. It will grow taller but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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Summer is busy. The gardens have gone from lush to munched. The deer have taken liberties and the gardener has been lax with the spray program. Still, there is beauty to be found in the shortening summer days. Shadows are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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It is high summer in the garden here on the hillside right now. It is a small hill and the only 'Lucifer' in sight is the crocosmia which is blooming flame red. Hydrangea leaves wilt in the sun even with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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If I could have only one species of hydrangea in my garden I would choose the smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens. It is native. It will grow in acid soils or in alkaline soils. It will grow in full sun or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens