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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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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 5 days ago 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
Deanne: I know that the wholesale nursery, Summer Hill, in Madison, CT sells the 'Wolf Eyes'. I did see a beautiful variegated Zelkova this past weekend. I would consider that one as well although the form is vase shaped rather than layers. Love them both.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Dogwood Blooms at Ledge and Gardens
Perhaps it did outdo itself last year. Next year remains a mystery. I do hope you find a nice one.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Dogwood Blooms at Ledge and Gardens
Perhaps it is all about the soil. I am sorry yours is stingy and stringy. That is no fun at all. Perhaps another type of tree. I have a little Styrax 'Pink Chimes' which is a delight. Maybe that would work for you.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Dogwood Blooms at Ledge and Gardens
I understand that one, Les. As for Tucker, thank you. 3 weeks after that we had to say goodbye to 4 year old Cooper. I am still in the fetal position as you might imagine. No pups for a while.
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True, Beth. The C. sericea and the C. alternifolia have similar blooms.
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I hope you do Katie. You will love it.
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I imagine it is a combination of factors but who knows? I really wonder who does know.
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True!
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Did we do that? Sour!
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I do love this tree. With lots of blooms or just a few...no matter!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Dogwood Blooms at Ledge and Gardens
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It is common to accept much of what we know without question. Take the dogwood for example. Did you ever wonder how that tree got its name? There is speculation that it is derived from the Old English word 'dag'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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It is a phrase which stuck in my head when she said it. I thought at the time 'Oh, to have such a plague'. Believe and it may happen. Happy June right back.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2014 on A Plague of Alliums at Ledge and Gardens
Well said and thank you for the compliment.
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I have had problems with those as well. Ruthless editing is in order. I do love the flowers though and the deer don't like them.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2014 on A Plague of Alliums at Ledge and Gardens
Thank you Deanne. I only show the good parts.
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Good question, Kathy. I believe them to be Allium aflatunense but it has been a while since I planted them. I think you need more.
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I feel the same, Lisa. A plague of alliums is a good plague.
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I keep planting them although I took last year off. More this fall. Thank you....the garden is peaceful.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2014 on A Plague of Alliums at Ledge and Gardens
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I cannot say that this is an original term, 'A Plague of Alliums'. It is one I heard last year on a garden tour from a gardener who was bemoaning the fact that her alliums had reseeded in her garden.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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Thank you all for such sweet and comforting words. It helps!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on Tucker 1998-2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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Tucker, beloved labrador retriever, passed away quietly at his home on May 21st. For sixteen years he was a constant and devoted companion to his family. Tucker was a noble dog with dignity and quiet reserve. He was no lap... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Ledge and Gardens
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