There is no doubt about it, gardening can be expensive. The cost of plants, tools and supplies add up quickly as we fill our carts at local garden centers. Anyone who knows me knows I am not, by nature, frugal. My husband often shakes his head over credit card statements wondering aloud if I have… Continue reading Taking Cuttings of Annuals
To cut back or not to cut back? That is a question gardeners ask when temperatures cool, leaves turn color, and days grow shorter. Most perennials don’t care if they are cut back in fall or left standing in the garden until spring. Gardeners, on the other hand, may have strong opinions on the subject.… Continue reading Cutting Back Perennials in Fall
As I pulled the tropical plants out of my window boxes to make room for pumpkins and gourds, I noticed the English ivy. It was planted early in spring along with pansies, alyssum, lettuce and other cool-season annuals. I remembered how I admired its long stems of dark green leaves with prominent veins and how… Continue reading An English Ivy – A Poem
On a beautiful day last week I ventured outside with my camera. Temperatures had cooled to seasonal levels and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. My intent was to get photos of everything still blooming to share with readers, but flowers were few and far between. Seven straight days of record-setting temperatures… Continue reading Flowers Turn to Seed Heads
Alliums are dramatic, elegant and tough. These easy-to-grow members of the onion family offer varieties small, tall and sizes in between. They are not appealing to deer, squirrels, chipmunks or other garden marauders, but are often favorites of gardeners like me. Here are just a few to look for when shopping for bulbs this fall.… Continue reading Plant Alliums!