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

Annuals · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Container Gardening · Herbs · Perennials

Plant a Pollinator Pot

This week is National Pollinator Week. It is meant to call attention to the importance of pollinators. We have pollinators to thank for more than a third of the world’s crops, and their numbers are declining – a fact that should make us all want to do more to help butterflies, moths, bees of all… Continue reading Plant a Pollinator Pot

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

BEE One in a Million

National Pollinator Week is coming quickly – June 18-24 – and the National Pollinator Garden Network needs your help to reach their goal of one million gardens for pollinators in the Million Pollinator Garden Project. Who is the National Pollinator Garden Network? In the fall of 2014, a group of nonprofit organizations got together to… Continue reading BEE One in a Million