Sunflowers. What would a summer garden be without them? We love them for the bold and brilliant vertical accents they contribute to our gardens; their seeds we bake for tasty, nutritious snacks; and their flowers beautiful in the garden and in bouquets. Pollinators love their flowers; birds love their seeds (if we leave them in… Continue reading 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers
I will never forget the message on the answering machine. “Your mother has suffered a significant stroke…” It seemed like forever to drive the 45 minutes it required to get to the hospital. She had, indeed suffered a large stroke. Fortunately, she received quick and appropriate care and started getting back movement and strength in… Continue reading Gardens are the Best Therapy
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
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
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!