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“Soul Patch” (Bearded Iris) Nikon D300, 420mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/8, 1/100s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

One of the perks of having a garden is the opportunity to share plants with other gardeners. Many perennials benefit from being “split” and it is a great way to achieve a diverse landscape that is also, rich in history.

Prime example – the bearded irises shown here came from my good friend and next-door neighbor, Nancy, and have a 100+ year-old lineage! Imagine that! 🙂

Here’s the story as told to me by Nancy:

“They were in my mother’s grandmother’s yard and were transplanted to my aunt’s (my mother’s sister) yard in Hanson, Massachusetts. She shared them with me twenty-five years ago when she moved to Florida. I planted them in my mother-in-law’s garden in Beverly Farms and then moved them to this house in 1988. Whew! Since then I’ve shared them with many people who love irises”.

“Drawn” (Bearded Iris with Hoverfly) Nikon D300, 550mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/11, 1/50s, ISO 640, Slightly Cropped

Aren’t I a lucky, lucky girl?And so are all of you since now you get to enjoy them as well! 🙂

I hope to split and pass some of these “heirloom” rhizomes onto some other lucky gardener(s) one day. Just the thought of them growing and blooming long after I’m gone is somehow comforting to me. My link in the “proverbial” chain of life, so to speak, albeit a teeny-tiny one.

Aside from irises, other transplant “gifts” I’ve received (as well as given) include: rhubarb, daylily, peony, hosta, azalea,  rhododendron, monkshood, balloon flower, rudbeckia and butterfly bush. I’m sure there are more but this is all I could think of! 🙂

Whiskers, the tiny house mouse, was released back into the care of Mother Nature this morning. It didn’t take her long to scamper off into the cover of the wood pile as if she’s done that her whole life. It was a bittersweet moment for me as I was sad to see her go but glad that I had the chance to heal her and give her a second chance. May she live a long and happy mouse life! 🙂 

"Spring Dance" (Crocus tommasinianus aka Snow Crocus) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/4, 1/320s, -1.3EV, ISO 640, Color Efex Pro 'Glamour Glow' Filter

One thing for sure is I cannot complain about the weather today – sunny and into the upper-70’s with a slight coastal breeze. The landscape abounds with renewed spirit! I glimpsed two isolated snow crocus blossoms near the ramp to our cedar shed and liked how their petals touched as they swayed together in the wind, seemingly enjoying this gorgeous day as much as me. 

Oh, now this is how it should be! Happy Easter! 🙂

This variety of mophead hydrangea is named ‘Forever Pink’.

“Forever Yours” (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Forever Pink’) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/11, 1/100s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Um, really? In my garden, a more apt name would be ‘Never Pink’!

Our landscape is extremely acidic (lots of tall pines) and no matter how much I amend the soil with lime, the closest I have come is purple-y rose or mauve. That’s okay. My garden certainly isn’t lacking for pink!

The compact shrub is covered with mounds of variegated blossoms ranging in hues of cream, lavender and soft blue. The cut blooms make lovely arrangements and with so many on one plant, a few are never missed!

Say, have you ever cut hydrangea stems and put them right into a vase of water only to have them wilt after a few hours? Well, here are a two proven techniques to prevent that:

(1). The Hot Water Method

  • Plan to cut hydrangea blooms in the morning while the weather is cool.
  • Take water to the garden in a container and drop stems into water immediately after cutting (important).
  • Indoors, boil water and pour it into a cup or any container.
  • Cut the hydrangea stems to the desired length.
  • Stand the stems of the hydrangeas in the hot water for 30 seconds.
  • Immediately put into room temperature water and then arrange.


(2). The Alum Dip Method

The alum used in this method can usually be found in the spice section of the grocery store. Occasionally, it is found with the pickling supplies.

  • Plan to cut hydrangea blooms in the morning while the weather is cool.
  • Take water to the garden in a container and drop stems into water immediately after cutting (important).
  • As you arrange the flowers, recut the stems and dip the bottom 1/2 inch into powdered alum.
  • Arrange as usual in room temperature water.
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