When you read this, I will probably be on a plane on my way to my first Garden Bloggers Fling in Washington, D.C. I am so excited to spend time with other garden-loving folks while walking through amazing public and private gardens in the nation’s capitol, Maryland and Virginia. And I can’t wait to share… Continue reading Walk through my Early Summer Landscape
I love purple. I typically can’t get enough purple flowers, purple foliage, and purple pots. I had every intention of welcoming guests to our home this summer with a front porch packed with purple. And then it happened. Our order of tropical plants arrived at work. While unwrapping mandevillas winding their way up trellises and… Continue reading Front Porch Tropical Paradise
Today is National Mint Julep Day. Observed annually on May 30, the mint julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. If you want to join in the celebration today, you need bourbon, sugar, water and mint leaves. While a trip to the store is necessary for the bourbon and sugar, mint can be… Continue reading Grow mint in honor of National Mint Julep Day!
For centuries, gardeners have grown nasturtiums. The Incas ate them in salads. King Louis XIV displayed them in his palace gardens. Monet grew them at Giverny. Thomas Jefferson sowed seeds of nasturtiums in the vegetable gardens at Monticello. Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seeds. Plant them ½ inch deep and 10 to 12 inches… Continue reading Growing Nasturtiums
A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind. I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through… Continue reading Walk through my Spring Landscape