Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Helenium from the garden

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, 
a quickening, that is translated through you into action, 
and because there is only one of you in all time, 
this expression is unique."
- Martha Graham

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Silver Star

still now
quite winds rest

A silver star
old but new
dances across, across
a shadowing sky

'ower how lovely, how lovely
she dances

she spins
and even prances

her grin's shine, shine
place pearls of white to shame

'ower how lovely, how lovely
she dances

she spins
and even prances

A silver star
old but new
dances through the night
as luna sings
and dances too

through a night
of darkest blue

A silver star
old but new
dances across, across
 a lightening sky

'ower how lovely, how lovely
she dances

until the next good night
she prances...

I see the Silver star as a Dancer, one who has put many
years into her profession and is no longer young.
Her once long beautiful hair is now thinning and white,
the once supple body has bent with age, but in moments of clarity
she can still hear the music in her mind.
And in those wonderful clear moments, she once again spins,
swirls and dances as she did in her youth,
on the midnight stage, full of stars and wonder.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The brightly coloured daisy flowers of Gaillardia grandiflora, Blanket Flower, are a long blooming choice for hot, dry areas. They are very drought tolerant, do well in containers and make excellent cut flowers.  Cutting them back hard in early September, forces new leaf growth and prevents the plants from blooming to death.

They bloom from June to September in well drained soil. Their spread is 30 cm (12") and are a wonderful choice for borders and meadows. 

Gaillardia grandiflora are hardy from Zones 2 - 9 in full sun.   A work horse in my dry, sandy garden. Give them a try in your garden.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Plant Profile - Nigella

Love-in-a-Mist has gauzy, fern-like foliage with starry flowers of clean blue.  It contrasts beautiful with plants of rigid form such as irises. It prefers to grow in full sun and the soil should be of average fertility, light and well drained.

It grows 40-60 cm (16-24") tall and has a spread of 20-30 cm (8-12") in flower colours of blue, white pink and purple.  This plant resents having its roots disturbed, so direct seed in spring.  Love-in-a-mist has a tendency to self-sow and may show up in unexpected spots in the garden for years to come.  

This attractive, airy plant is often used in mixed beds and borders where the flowers appear to be floating over the delicate foliage.  The blooming may slow down and the plants may die back if the weather gets too hot for them during the summer. 

The stems of this plant can be a bit floppy and may benefit from being stalked with twiggy branches.  Poke the branches in around the plants while they are young, and the plants will grow up between the twigs.

Give it a try in your garden this season

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Signs of Spring!!!

by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Every as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!

These small delightful signs of spring are blooming in the garden
and I am beyond happy to see them.
Hope it is a sign of an early spring, 
they are very early flowering
in my garden.