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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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Okay, there is not a bee in sight in my garden here in the northwest corner of Rhode Island but that doesn't mean I am not thinking of them along with the birds and the butterflies and the flowers they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ledge and Gardens
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You are always so kind, Kris. Thank you and yes, it is a challenge to find bits n' pieces for an arrangement.
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This one was purchased as 'Arnold's Promise' but the cultivars are grafted on native rootstock and this one reverted. It is in quite a bit of sun and they often bloom before all the leaves drop making it difficult to see the blossoms. They 'blend' with the leaves. I think the snow knocked those leaves right off.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2014 on Odds and Ends at Ledge and Gardens
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The grass is still green here...when it is visible. We have had two rather small snow events and right now there is no snow left on the garden. The witch hazel is 'last man standing' so to speak. This native,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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All I can say is that it is way too early for snow. As you can see, there are still leaves on this Parrotia persica. The snow will melt fast and it is pretty but it is too soon. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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I miss you ML. When are you coming for a visit?
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Oh but all bulbs are not yet planted Lisa. Soon though. I will get them done!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2014 on October Glow at Ledge and Gardens
I would love to say I planned the composition but I had no idea what color the fall would bring. Mother Nature often does it best.
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You are sweet. Thanks.
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Thank you LR. I do have high hopes for the tulips. Time will tell.
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There are lots of leaves here as well. The wind is not moving them and it is quite windy. I usually mow them and then put the crumbles into the gardens. Thank you Beth, Sweet of you to comment.
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The grass is Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'. The M. s. 'Purpurescens' is wheat colored and dry now but this one stays green well into November.
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and this weekend, dark, stormy, windy and few snowflakes. Oh, too soon for sure. I did see warmer temps for next week. That is good.
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I get it now. LOL
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Thanks, Pat. Miss you at GC.
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There are few things glowing in the garden in late October. The Japanese maples are the last of the trees to share their radiant colors and they are just in time for Halloween. This small red maple is planted along... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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Well, I love your pictures of sun and beaches and water. You are missed. Thanks for the comment. Comments are so appreciated.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2014 on Frost Finale at Ledge and Gardens
Ahhh, thank you Kathy.
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So true. I do love the change of seasons. I just wish that the dark one was a bit shorter.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2014 on Frost Finale at Ledge and Gardens
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Frost signals a seasonal finale. The exuberance of the garden is gone and the gardener is left with subtleties. The small blooms and berries of fall would be overlooked in the abundance of the summer garden but late in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
Oh dear on the Sheffies but I have done similar things in the garden. Enjoy your foliage when it turns. It lasts such a short time and then on to the dark days of winter.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2014 on Bloom Day - October 15, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
The garden is showing signs of seasonal progression for sure but your room is ready! Come on up.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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!
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