LJ’s Place is the blog version of what had been my first website, created back in the mid ’90s. I’ll talk about the same things here that I discussed on the old site: starting plants from seed, growing roses, and drinking good but inexpensive wine. And if there are other things that strike my fancy and seem to fit in here, I’ll talk about them, too. 🙂

I garden in the US Mid-Atlantic, along the coast, in USDA hardiness zone 7. The soil here is quite sandy. The spring is cool and damp, the summer warm and humid, and the fall lingers into November or even December. I’ve also had experience gardening in the stony clay of southern New England, USDA zones 5 and 6. The first seeds I ever planted were some coleus seed that came attached to a loaf of bread, back when I was about 10 years old. That was enough to get me hooked on starting my own plants from seed.

My mother and paternal grandfather both enjoyed growing roses. Although I loved their roses, I spent a good part of my adult life thinking that roses were too difficult for me to grow. But then I discovered that there are many beautiful disease-resistant roses. I then latched onto roses and never looked back!

One of the most enjoyable things in life, I think, is to sit in the breeze on a warm day with a glass of wine, enjoying the birds and butterflies and smelling the lovely scent of roses. May we all enjoy many such days!


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