Jane Sargent
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:37:28 PDT
here in Massachusetts zone 5, the martagons are blooming as well. They 
were planted only last year, on a steep slope for drainage. The dirt is 
nothing special, neither mostly sand nor mostly clay, but it does not 
much resemble potting soil. The bed is mulched. There are other kinds of 
lilies planted there as well, some with buds. This Spring I found two 
red lily beetles and mushed them. The slope is planted with things that 
can pretty much take care of themselves, Siberian iris, Hemerocallis, 
Alcea, because I  am lazy and because other parts of the garden do need 
my attention.

We had a total tulip crop failure after this weird winter. My giant 
100-year-old American Pillar rose died, to my despair, but the miracle 
is that it is returning from its roots, so it didn't die after all but 
suffered the kind of botanic resurrection one could base a religion on.

I don't know whether this forum is at all interested in the giant 
bugbanes, but they have enormous roots, the biggest roots of anything in 
my garden. They dream of world domination. The grandson transplanted 
some, with great success. He has strong shoulders and a sharp spade.

I was wondering whether anybody could recommend a good book on what 
plants look good together. My problem is that I like so many kinds of 
plants that I think they all look good. There is a level beyond this.

Jane Sargent

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