Perfect Weekend

Photo of fall foliage
Stunning early fall color in North Arlington.

Wow, DC! The forecast is calling for a perfect weekend to get out and clean up the yard! I know I’ll be out pruning, cutting back perennials, and pulling some pesky weeds. Savor the moments outdoors and TGIF!

Planting Time!


Yes, this is the perfect time to plant. The weather is mild, you don’t need to break the bank with the water bill, and plants get a chance to winter over before bursting back to life in the spring. Head to the garden center to find your inspiration!

Outdoor Lighting

Here’s a great article from Houzz on outdoor lighting…

The Land of Morning Calm

Photo of Korean Garden
The Garden of Morning Calm, Republic of S. Korea, July 2016 (M. Robinson)

We’ve had a wonderful summer in Asia, enjoying all the sights and sounds. This beautiful garden was a real highlight of our trip. It has multiple, themed garden areas, all wonderful, but this one was my favorite.

So much beauty everywhere!

Everywhere I look, things are blooming and thriving. I have so many beautiful photos that I thought I’d just post a gallery. Our rainy May is really paying off, but hot dry weather is coming- don’t forget to water!

Would you rather grow Tradescantia or Spiderwort?

Photo of Tradescantia
Tradescantia, aka Spiderwort, photo M. Robinson

I planted clumps of Tradescantia about 8 years ago, and they still come up and bloom for 4-6 weeks every spring. They’re so graceful, opening overnight and then slowly closing up as the day goes on. Their common name is Spiderwort! Take a look at this great essay on the awful name.¬†(“Wort” is an old word that was applied to plants¬†with herbal or medicinal properties. It’s still in use in the brewing industry.)

I didn’t even know Mr. Tradescant was a person. Fascinating! I learn so many new things every day.

 

I love Red Buckeyes!

I’ve always wanted an Aesculus pavia, aka Red Buckeye. Why don’t I have one? They are small, very full, with these wonderfully exotic leaves and great red flowers right now. They’re also native to our DC area and make a great hiding place for birds! I really must get one for my back garden.

 

Mr. Bowling Ball- Who Could Resist?

Plant photo
Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobozam’, aka ‘Mr. Bowling Ball’ Arborvitae

This photo doesn’t capture how cute and fluffy these things are! I think I’ll put one or two in my garden.

Naturalized Daffodils Just Work!

Photo of Daffodils
Naturalized woodland daffodils

Daffodils are a perfect choice for the DC Metro Area. They will naturalize (come back year after year, often forming clumps), squirrels don’t dig up the bulbs, the deer don’t eat them, they’re affordable, and they require very little effort. Best of all, they bring incredible cheer all spring long. Love!

My very favorite source for bulbs is Colorblends. Check them out and order early in the fall- they do sell out!

 

 

Snow Drops

Snowdrops photo
Snowdrops at Green Spring Gardens

I took this picture at Green Spring Gardens last winter and it’s still a favorite! With this warm weather, bulbs will soon be blooming everywhere!