Perfection is overrated?

My overwintering strategy involves moving many potted plants into the garage and basement each fall, but I wait until absolutely necessary. Some of the agaves can take temperatures down to 25ºF (-3ºF) or so, and those I will leave outdoors the longest. When the first sub-freezing night approaches, you'll usually find me standing in the garden poring over Google because I can't remember which species can take those few more degrees of cold.


The trouble is, I sometimes make a mistake.


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Bald Cypress Seeds

You know I love my bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree, right? Well I was looking at it yesterday...


...and noticed something exciting: cones!


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I'm growing kale?

My veggie garden has been sadly neglected for two years (or more?) now. Severely neglected. Completely ignored actually. So it was a big surprise to me recently when I discovered...


...that I'm growing kale!


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The pond, relieved

Relieved of its heavy coat of netted leaves that is! I recently talked about how easy it was to protect the pond this year due to its being smaller.


Removing the netting was easier too, especially since there were no seams for big bunches of leaves to fall through!


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Some Autumn Color

The leaves have mostly all fallen now, but a week or two ago there were some great splashes of color in my garden. In fact, it seemed to me that the entire St. Louis area was more colorful this fall than it has been for a while. Very nice while it lasted.


I thought this Japanese maple was a "coral bark" maple, but the trunk is mainly green and brown now. The leaves are the last of my Acers to turn, and they're a wonderful orange-pinkish color.


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Deer are deer, people are jerks

If you've read my blog for a while you know that deer (and other animals) visit my garden regularly. (In fact, deer probably spend more time in my garden than I do.) A couple of years ago I spotted this guy:



There's a big buck in the neighborhood right now (probably not the same one pictured above), and he's causing some commotion.

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My Easiest Pond Protection Ever!

When I worked on the pond this spring to fix some leaks, it got quite a bit smaller. I knew this would help once fall came, as keeping the leaves out of the water had been so difficult in past years (and my failure to do so last year led to the pond's death, which prompted the remake).


This year though was the easiest ever. It literally took me five minutes!

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Sexy Succulents (Tasty Too?)

With a night or two of freezes recently (before returning to 80ºF/26ºC temps) I had to move several potted succulents into the garage.


This gave me a good chance to look at most of them. They're quite beautiful after a season outside!


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Bamboo Planting, part 2

In the previous post I showed you the "easy" bamboo planting. It was "easy" because it was something I could do myself. Sure it took three hours, but that's garden time so it's fun, right?


Today I show you the two bamboos on the other edge of the yard, and describe the planting process.


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