Annuals · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden DIY

Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed

I love Mexican sunflowers. Botanically named Tithonia rotundifolia, they add pops of bright reddish-orange color in my perennial border. These Central American natives bloom nonstop once they get going in mid-summer, only surrendering when hit by frost. Mexican sunflowers are not fussy about their soil as long as it is well drained. They are, however,… Continue reading Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials

iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals

What does a gardener do when the temperature is nearing 30 degrees below zero? Does she stay indoors bundled in warm blankets while sitting in front of a fire? Nope, she heads to the iLandscape Show. I began the morning getting ‘plant drunk’ while listening to Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper… Continue reading iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals

Annuals · Container Gardening · Houseplants

Ornamental Peppers are Hot!

Tis the season for ornamental peppers. Their fruit, in shades of orange, lavender, pink, purple, red or white, adds drama to the garden or containers. Ornamental peppers also bloom before the fruit, but their small flowers don’t get the rave reviews their fruits elicit as they parade themselves in clusters at the top of the… Continue reading Ornamental Peppers are Hot!

Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials

Mothers, Daughters & Gardens

My daughter, Katie, told someone the other day that she is everything she is today because of me. My heart swelled. A few days later, I was driving up the long driveway at my mom’s house and, as I admired her beautiful gardens, I thought, I am the person I am today because of her,… Continue reading Mothers, Daughters & Gardens

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance

Haircuts for Summer Containers

With pruners in hand, I set out to do a little mid-summer maintenance on my containers. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions and herbs planted in containers on my deck were growing like crazy. They didn’t need haircuts, but  the basil needed their flowers, just beginning to form, pinched. (If plants were allowed to flower, they would… Continue reading Haircuts for Summer Containers