This week, I’ve combined yellow and orange with a touch of purple and white, using bi-colored hybrid daylilies (Hemerocallis x), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), yellow woodland sunflowers (Helianthus divaricatus), goldenrod (Solidago sp.) and purple hosta (Hosta x) for accent color. The greens are katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) from a low-hanging branch that needed pruning and bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum).
The hand-crafted, blue-green, crackled-glass vase (one of my favorites), belonged to my mother, probably from the 1940s. A hand-crocheted, vintage antimacassar sits upon an orange towel matching the daylilies and a small white porcelain dove reminds us to keep peace in our hearts.
Around here, August is the month for goldenrod, the predominant plant in our fields and, if it had its way, my gardens, too. I used to resent it because it signaled the waning of summer and also for its invasive nature. For years after we let much of…
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