Hummingbird mint, Agastache in botanical circles, is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, and gardeners who garden in sun. It wasn’t until recently – the last decade or so – that the Agastache family started getting the attention it deserves. Also commonly called hyssop, they delight gardeners with their aromatic foliage, showy spikes… Continue reading Agastache is a pollinator favorite!
Garden walks are awesome! We learn so much from observing how other gardeners garden. We discover new plants we just have to grow in our own gardens, original ways to combine flowers and foliage, innovative methods of growing, and fresh ideas on displaying garden décor. We may even find a solution to one of our… Continue reading Garden Bloggers Fling – A Glimpse
Hummingbirds have almost reached southern Illinois and it won’t be long until they return to our backyards. After their winter vacation in Central America, hummingbirds started their trek back to our landscapes in January. Males started the journey first; females followed a couple weeks later. They flew 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and… Continue reading Hummingbirds will be back soon!
Winter is a tough time for birds. To help our feathered friends survive winter, here are the three most important things we can do to help them. Provide shelter. Birds need a sheltered spot, shielded from wind and rain, where they are protected from predators. To stay warm, some species grow extra feathers. Others fluff… Continue reading 3 Most Important Things to do for Birds in Winter
I recently took a little time to review the past growing season while it was still fresh in my mind. I organized plant labels, seed packets, and notes; looked through photographs; and read entries in my garden journal. In January and February, I grew several varieties of amaryllis. They provided magnificent blooms for this winter… Continue reading Looking Back at the Season