Orbs of Delight

A globe of petrified wood in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

A globe of petrified wood celebrates an anniversary (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Some of my favorite ornamental objects are orbs of all dimensions and materials. I have rugged granite balls in three sizes, glass globes that are blown with swirls of color, and mirrored spheres reminiscent of old mercury glass.  Most glass pieces are safe outdoors as long as you keep them up from the ground, so my globes often remain outdoors to be enjoyed as they glisten against the lush foliage of summer or glow with a dusting of winter’s snow. Orb groupings are very attractive; especially when partnered with low growing perennials such as lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) or used to complement other round objects. I use granite balls near my circular bird bath to echo the soothing grey colors and textures of each, and recently celebrated my anniversary with a sphere of petrified wood. But what about living orbs . . . [Read more…]

E-Series Plants, Part I: Echinops

Butterfly on echinops in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Butterfly on echinops (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

When we hear the term E-Series, most of us think of the model of Mercedes, known to be a very luxurious and reliable automobile.  I don’t own a Mercedes (I drive a plush Pontiac), but I do grow several noteworthy, stalwart “E-Series” plants, otherwise known as my favorite plants that start with the letter E.

These prized “E-Series” plants are prolific bloomers in the summer, most starting in July and continuing through September with moderate rainfall and some minor pruning. They thrive in the hot, dry summer climate with average soil conditions.  All are long lived perennials; having flourished in my garden for almost twenty years. [Read more…]