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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.

Spring Bulbs: Part 2 Daffodils

Daffodil season has to be one of my very favorite times of the year. Anticipating the first crocus is exciting, but they are a bit short for a bouquet. However, when the daffodils begin bursting into flower it’s time to … Continue reading

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Bulb orders for 2022 Spring! Part 1 Tulips & Alliums

Yes, it’s that time already to order bulbs for fall planting, which means thinking about the plans for SPRING! The first order was placed in late June and was mainly tulips…lots of tulips. Last spring, so many of the tulips … Continue reading

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August: Monthly review

Yet another month just flew by! Overall, August was hot and dry, very dry so much of the time was spent watering. As I look at this photo, I am reminded of all the days with gorgeous blue skies. I … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Sept 4

It’s the first Saturday in September, and it’s definitely beginning to feel as if autumn is just over the horizon. Local tv stations reported that the Farmers’ Almanac predicts we will have a longer, harsher winter so that may mean … Continue reading

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Singing in the Rain!

We had a brief morning shower on Thursday, less than 1/4″ but the plants were grateful and so was I! Hoping for more, I stayed indoors and canned tomato juice, and made a big batch of my friend Ruth’s “Country … Continue reading

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Ticked off

Early Wednesdaymorning, I looked out the window in hope, but all was dry as an ancient bone. Once again the rain had bypassed our area. I was a bit ticked off. Areas that have been blessed with rains are getting … Continue reading

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Playing Catch-up…or is that ketchup?

As the heat wave and lack of rain continue, much of my time is spent dragging hoses and watering, watering, watering. I’m just trying to keep the potager and the 3 main flower gardens as healthy as I can, but … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Aug 14

It’s yet another Saturday, hazy from the western wildfires all the way here to Indiana! It’s been hot and humid, with hardly any rain still but somehow with the heavy morning dew the crops are managing. August is always an … Continue reading

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From the Cutting Garden: Aug 5

Last week we invited guests for dinner, which called for a low floral arrangement that’s easy to talk across. I’d been thinking of experimenting with a couple of new “ingredients” so this was a great opportunity for some testing. None … Continue reading

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July: Monthly review

Another month came to a close recently, but it seems barely noticed. That ritual of tearing off, or turning the calendar page to a new picture has been replaced by just a glance at the date on my phone that … Continue reading

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