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June’s Beautiful Blooms: GBBD, June 2016

Although April and May provide some preliminary blooms, June is the month when my garden really comes into its own. The primary display at this time of year is provided by varieties of Siberian iris, …hardy geranium, …and tradescantia (sp...
by Jean's Garden on Jun 16, 2016

Spring Comes to Maine: GBBD, May 2016

After several days of cool, rainy weather at the beginning of May, the sun came out, temperatures warmed, and spring truly arrived in Maine. The deciduous trees around my house have finished blooming and are beginning to leaf out. In the garden, plan...
by Jean's Garden on May 15, 2016

The Season of New Life

  This season when new growth springs from the roots of winter-dormant plants never loses its magic. During the past two weeks, I’ve spent time outdoors removing the fallen leaves and old plant debris from my flower beds to reveal the new growth u...
by Jean's Garden on Apr 25, 2016

Hippeastrum Happiness: GBBD, February 2016

When I got up this morning, the thermometer on my back deck read -20F (-29C), so it is hardly surprising  that I have no flowers blooming in my garden. Indeed, although this has not been a heavy snow year in Maine, I am grateful for the few inches o...
by Jean's Garden on Feb 15, 2016

The Windowsill Garden of Winter: GBBD, January 2016

I apologize for my two weeks of garden blog silence; I have worked on several posts but have been struggling with a bit of writer’s block. Happily, the prospect of a new year of monthly bloom reports was enough to get me unstuck. Although winter wa...
by Jean's Garden on Jan 15, 2016

Putting the Garden to Bed

Although I still have a few late blooms hanging on in my garden, last night’s light coating of wet snow provided a reminder that it is time to finish putting the garden to bed for the winter. Many of these fall chores have already been completed. I...
by Jean's Garden on Nov 23, 2015

Impressions of Istanbul [25 Photos]

Cigarettes, seagulls and selfie sticks. Those are the first things I think of. On paper, that sounds like a terrible combination, but somehow, someway Istanbul makes it work. The cigarettes are a sign of the city’s European lifestyle, where drinkin...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jul 23, 2015

A Sunny Garden: GBBD, July 2015

I am very late with my bloom day post this month (the consequence of a busy week), but I certainly don’t want to skip the best month of the season in my garden. So here’s my report on the state of my garden this month – better late than never.
by Jean's Garden on Jul 18, 2015

Daylily Watch

At this time of year, as the last flowers of Siberian irises fade, I eagerly anticipate the next big event in my garden, the display of daylilies that marks peak summer bloom. As I walk around the garden each day, I peer into daylily foliage, looking...
by Jean's Garden on Jul 1, 2015

Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (aka Paro Taktsang) outside of Paro, Bhutan is a magical and mysterious place that you have to see to believe. It’s a sacred Buddhist site cut high into the beautiful Bhutanese cliffs, where time slows down and traditio...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jun 23, 2015

A Soggy Solstice

The summer solstice is my favorite day of the year. I love the long hours of light, the lushness of the landscape, and the perfect summer weather of Maine in late June. I usually celebrate the solstice by spending as much of it as possible outdoors.
by Jean's Garden on Jun 21, 2015

Just Because It’s June, June, June!!! GBBD, June 2015

In the coastal Maine town where the musical Carousel is set, the long winter drags on well into April, and by May people are beginning to doubt that summer will ever come. Then, all of a sudden, everything happens at once – a lush display of life,...
by Jean's Garden on Jun 16, 2015

Travel Bhutan: A Visual Journey Through the Dragon Kingdom

My love affair started on the initial descent into Paro, as we made a hard left turn to cut through the surrounding mountains. The once chatty Chinese tourists that filled the cabin were now reduced to whimpering bystanders. This was not a small pla...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jun 3, 2015

Spring’s Wildflower Bounty

There are not yet many flowers in bloom in my garden, but this is prime season for the spring wildflowers that grow at the edges of the woodlands around my garden. So this month I’m joining Gail at Clay and Limestone in celebration of Wildflower We...
by Jean's Garden on May 27, 2015

Growing By Leaps and Bounds

It is hard to believe that there were still patches of snow in my garden only three weeks ago. In the weeks since, we have had warm weather and sunshine, and plants have been growing by leaps and bounds. Two weeks ago, the various Amsonia plants had...
by Jean's Garden on May 20, 2015

Disaster Relief at Eye Level [55 PHOTOS]

It isn’t until you leave the city of Kathmandu that you can really see the destruction that the earthquakes have caused. Nepal is made up of 75 districts, 12 of which were absolutely crushed by the earthquakes. Within those 12 districts there...
by Tourist 2 Townie on May 16, 2015

Spring Finally Arrives: GBBD, May 2015

While, for some gardeners, May features floral abundance, that doesn’t happen in my garden until June. For me, May is the month when spring really and truly arrives. Spring in Maine is known for being long anticipated and short in duration. How qui...
by Jean's Garden on May 15, 2015

Ice Out!

May brought the true arrival of spring in Maine. On May 1, the last of the ice and snow banks disappeared from my garden. By Friday morning, the mountain of snow by my front porch had dwindled to this …and by the end of the day it was gone. As...
by Jean's Garden on May 4, 2015

Melting, Mud, and Other Hints of Spring

The vernal equinox may mark the official start of spring, but it will be a while yet before spring gets to Maine. As I write, I’m watching snow float down outside my study window, and there are still big piles of snow everywhere – some of which w...
by Jean's Garden on Mar 21, 2015

A New Garden Year

New Year 2015 is special for me, both because I moved into the new addition to my house on New Year’s Eve and woke up for the first time in my new bedroom this morning, and also because 2015 will be the year that I begin work on my new front garden...
by Jean's Garden on Jan 1, 2015

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