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PlantPostings Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.

English - Perennials, Garden
PlantPostings · 1d ago

Patience Pays! (and Persistence Revisited)

Back in 2012, we had a major drought here in the Madison area and much of Southern Wisconsin. I realize folks in the Southwest have them frequently, but a drought of this magnitude is rare f...
PlantPostings · 1W ago


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ (Congratulations to the winners of my recent book drawing. Shirley at Rock-Oak-Deer won a copy of "Shakespeare's Gardens," and Carla at The River won a co...
PlantPostings · 2W ago

'Low-Country' Azaleas to Brighten the Day

Those who live in and near the Low Country or the low country, please correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that lowercase "low country" includes the coastal area between Charlest...
PlantPostings · 3W ago

The Window Boxes of Charleston

As we face the reality of a very cold start to April here in the Midwest, I'm remembering our recent trip south. We spent the middle of March in Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Geo...
PlantPostings · 4W ago

'Subtle' Signs of Spring: Inside and Out

Overwintered Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Zinnia seedlings (Z. elegans hybrids) Overwintered Gerbera Daisy hybrid
PlantPostings · 1M ago

Goodbye Ice: My Winter Walk-Off

Les at A Tidewater Gardener annually hosts a Winter Walk-Off meme, and I've participated several times. I frequently find myself heading down to Lake Waubesa, which is only a couple of block...
PlantPostings · 1M ago

Spring Break at Balboa Park's Desert Garden

Back in March 2016, we had a family event in San Diego, so we made a vacation of it and did some sightseeing and exploring on the side. I've done a few previous posts on San Diego's botanica...
PlantPostings · 2M ago


Where do you find your bliss? Recently, my mind wandered to the concept of bliss, and I wondered where people I love and care about find it. Bliss, as described in part by Merriam-Webster is...
PlantPostings · 2M ago

Nature's Color Palette

I've been thinking about color lately. Many of us talk about color being wiped from the landscape during the winter, and it can certainly seem that way on dark days in December, January, and...
PlantPostings · 2M ago

Let's Head to the Tropical Dome

It's February, it's cold, and I'm trying to warm up. So let's head back to Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). I covered the Show Dome for a holiday post in Dec...