Terrible Trauma in FairyLand at Storybook Cottage

Tranquil Storybook Cottage, Bismarck, North Dakota – before the storm
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Here in calm Bismarck, North Dakota, the heavens opened up last Friday evening with a loud roar and snarl, sending thousands of mature trees into spasms, their limbs flying to an fro. The clouds, noise, disturbance and resulting damage has been ranked as one of Bismarck’s most devastating storms ever. Ten thousand homes were without power, and our phone and internet connection was not restored until last night.  Thankfully, our home and garden only suffered what could be categorized as “minor” damage in relation to much of the serious damage caused by huge trees falling onto homes. 

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The heavy wooden rocker was tossed into the flower bed, and a heavy cast iron table rests on its side, sent aloft by the fierce winds. 20150621-IMG_0358 - Copy

The streets are lined with chunks of trees, and an astonishing water line marks it path on the roadway. 20150619-IMG_0267 - Copy

This was the scene right between the house and garage. It has all been dragged to the curb.20150621-IMG_0341 - Copy

I checked in secret hiding places, and our tiny moss forest friends shared this terrible night with us.  Their chairs, tables, and bird baths are strewn about with the winds careless abandon.20150621-IMG_0337 - Copy

Looking further, I found another little homestead also looking a bit disheveled.20150621-IMG_0330 - Copy

20150612-IMG_0183With a little tending, the world is looking upright and stable once again. 20150619-IMG_0214 - Copy20150605-IMG_0092 - Copy

Our little friends can once again sleep peacefully in wee beds, as the sunshine of summer returns.  

20150619-IMG_0224-2 - CopyWishes for a speedy recovery from the storm for those of you who have suffered storm damage in North Dakota.  We, and the little sprites, are holding you in the light.

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Garden wonders – add these to your garden!

May 30 was an awesome Saturday afternoon.  We sold 200 potted daylilies that will bloom this season in many gardens around Bismarck / Mandan.  Thank you buyers who shopped and then enjoyed our garden. We will be providing a percentage of he profits to our local daylily club – Central North Dakota Daylily Society.  We loved seeing you smile and relax.

There are some potted daylilies left for those many of you who have told us you were not able to make it to the sale. These are from our garden, very hardy and healthy, and extremely well rooted. Here is the list and images.  We will be around Saturday afternoon, June 6 after 1:00 pm.  Drop by and see the selection.

    • Brown Witch (1)
    • Caribbean Whipped Cream (1)
    • Dreamlight (2)
    • Eenie Weenie
    • Happy Returns
    • Karen’s Curls (2)
    • Little Boy Bob (4)
    • Peas and Thank you (5)
    • Ribbon Candy (1)
    • Roswitha (1)
    • Stella’s Ruffled Fingers
    • Sunshine and Lollipops
    • Tiki Touch (8)
    • Wee Folk
    • little boy bob

      little boy bob

      Karen's Curls

      Karen’s Curls

      Eenie Weenie

      Eenie Weenie

      eenie weenie small yellow daylily

      eenie weenie small yellow daylily

      Dreamlight

      84″ L Light yellow self. DOR. Diploid. Historic.

      brown witch daylily

      brown witch daylily

       Caribbean Whipped Cream

      Caribbean Whipped Cream

      Happy Returns

      Happy Returns

Cute as can be – miniature Hosta win the day

Miniature hosta are not well known in the gardening world, especially here in Bismarck, North Dakota. I have grown these adorable plants for over 10 years. They are dependable, easy to care for, and are perfect for fairy or small planter gardens. Saturday, May 30, from 3-7 pm I will have a FEW  of two different miniature hosta available for sale – Blue Mouse Ears, and Cracker Crumbs. Here are some details.The other images are to show what you can do with these lovely plants.

Blue Mouse Ears Miniature Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta. soft blue-green color with hints of gold at base. The leaves curl gently, are rounded in shape, and the tiny blossoms in a soft lavender. The leaves are thicker than most, and prove difficult, though not impossible, for slugs to take a nibble. This plants is about 7 years old, and the leaves only reach 6″ high. This little gem tolerates full to partial shade and is very hardy to zone 3.

cracker crumbs mini hosta

cracker crumbs mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta (2)

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

mini hosta

mini hosta. I grow my miniature hosta surrounded by gravel.  I find it makes it difficult for slugs to traverse, and it makes spring clean up very easy.

mini hosta in white pot

mini hosta in white pot

hosta bed

hosta bed. Notice all the different colors of hosta. Here the spring addition of new gravel covers the hoses.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed with companion plants

Hosta Bed with companion plants. This is very early in the season, and I have not covered the soaker hoses with fresh pea gravel yet. Companion plants such as lilies, sambucus (a lovely soft gray elderberry), heuchera and potted plants help highlight the little hosta.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

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Larger Hosta

Larger Hosta

Daylilies and miniature Hosta Available May 30, 3-7.

May 30th, 2015

May 30th, 2015

Here is the (almost) final list of daylilies that will be available for purchase this Saturday, May 30. Further details on size, special characteristics, and color will be posted before Saturday at 3.00. There are only a handful of each daylily, so do not delay! See earlier postings for images and further details.

  • A Green Desire
    Bold One
    Brookwood Red Royal
    Bridgetown Fireworks
    Brown Witch
    Caribbean Whipped Cream
    Dreamlight
    Eenie Weenie
    Emilies Red Leather
    Gloucester Calling
    Glowing Gypsy Jewel
    Happy Returns
    Ivory Edges
    Karen’s Curls
    Little Boy Bob
    Little Grapette
    Ode to Faith
    Painted Pink
    Pandora’s Box
    Peas and Thank you
    Penny Earned
    Penny’s Worth
    Phyllis Cantani
    Purple Rabbits
    Rainbow Candy
    Ribbon Candy
    Roswitha
    Stella’s ruffled fingers
    Sunshine and Lollipops
    Susan Berger
    Tiki Torch
    Two to Tango
    Wee Folk

Daylilies – Healthy and Happy

Hi Bismarck, ND neighbors. (Other friends, bear with us until after our May 30th sale.) We have hundreds of healthy, happy, very well rooted and well-grown daylilies for you to add to your garden . Come to West Avenue C on May 30th and this is a bit of what you will see.

Happy and Healthy potted plants ready to go.

Happy and Healthy potted plants ready to go.

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Garden Tour!

Garden Tour!

 

Golden Bleeding Heart survived multiple freezes.

Golden Bleeding Heart survived multiple freezes.

Delightful Daylilies – These could be yours!

Border Music

Hemerocallis “Border Music”. Hybridized by Salter, 1995. 26″ high, 6″ bloom. Tetraploid.

 

Bordello QueenBridgeton Fireworks

Emily's Red Leather

Emily’s Red Leather

DreamLight

DreamLight

Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and a Movie

Heavenly Beginnings

Heavenly Beginnings

Karen Sue

Karen Sue

Karen's Curls

Karen’s Curls

Little Grapette - purple miniature

Little Grapette – purple miniature

Phyllis Cantini - 27" high with 3.5 spider bloom

Phyllis Cantini – 27″ high with 3.5 spider bloom

Peas and Thank You - as cute as its name

Peas and Thank You – as cute as its name

Painted Pink - lovely frilly pink

Painted Pink – lovely frilly pink

Ribbon Candy

Ribbon Candy

Rosewitha

Rosewitha

Tiki Torch

Tiki Torch

Daylily Described

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Good day neighbors and friends. With all the rain we have had recently in Bismarck, North Dakota, all the lovely daylilies and miniature hosta I dug and divided this spring are thriving and waiting to come to YOUR garden! Continue reading

May 30th Daylilies & Hosta Galore

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Plant Overload – Sell, Sell, Sell

After 7 years, the jewels in my garden have grown to the extent that now is beyond the time to dig and divide them. So, my friends in Bismarck, North Dakota and surrounding regions, you are in for a treat on May 30, 2015 from 3-7 in the evening. Holland House Gardens on Avenue C, Bismarck will be having a sale of daylily and miniature hosta treasurers.

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A large part of the joy of gardening, to me, is the information and stories associated with every plant I invited into my garden.  Who produced it, where will it thrive, who would it like as it neighbor, and how long will it be before its growth cuts off it prime flowering potential?  Is it going to survive and thrive in my zone 3-4 region?  How will the color and pattern match or accent or illuminate the adjoining plants? Does it need lots of water, or just a trickle?

When I became enamored of the daylily world, I had no idea there were so many individuals and couples all over the US investing in their garden and farm soil, and producing unique, registered daylilies with the American Hemerocallis Society. It still stuns me that as of 3/09/2015, there are 79,352, registered daylilies. In the hosta world, which is almost as obsessed with creating new and unique plants as the daylily crowd, there are 5,384 registered hosta.

In the next few weeks I will begin adding photographs of the plants that will be dug and divided and available for sale on May 30, 2015 in Bismarck, North Dakota.  This will be an on site, one day sale only.

Border Music

Hemerocallis “Border Music”. Hybridized by Salter, 1995. 26″ high, 6″ bloom. Tetraploid.

Editing, a satisfying journey.

Editing, a satisfying journey.

I am a writer, and a gardener.  A Garden Writer.  Both activities require the skill and joy of editing. In the garden on a low, cooling August day, when one has been away physically and mentally from the rapidly growing plants (and weeds) for several weeks, taking a closer, more intimate look is overdue.

 

I love to nestle close to the flowers, sitting among them – seeing them up close and personal. The earthy aroma, buzz of bees, the awesome beauty of growing things is intoxicating and healing.  The easy task of eliminating the bottom row of worn and tattered daylily leaves, trimming the fallen and broken daisy stems, and cutting back the dried and dormant bleeding heart creates such satisfaction. Now you can see the plant structure and form where visual chaos once reigned. Thriving, strong elements shine in their late summer glory.

Editing is a satisfying journey with delightful results.  Spaces, pauses, ground, visual relief, harmony, cohesion, and flow are the norm, replacing chaos, crowding, a cacophony of colors. It is the same practice with words.

When you edit words, the sense of relief grows as the tempo slows. Fewer words, reduced chaos and easier reading result in the delicious sense of harmony as the words snuggle together, happy in their location and expression. When you stand back and look at the overall scene, the sense of relief and satisfaction is delightful. One has created from a jumble of thoughts a coherent stream, an edited, rewarding journey.