Container Gardening · Garden Design · Garden DIY

Front Porch Winter Decorating

I love the change of seasons. Each one holds magic of its own – the promise of new beginnings in spring; the abundance of flowers, foliage, fruits and vegetables in summer; the dramatic colors of fall; and the sparkle of snow in winter. And with each season comes a new opportunity to welcome guests to… Continue reading Front Porch Winter Decorating

Container Gardening · Garden Design · Garden DIY

Holiday Greens Container – Step by Step

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to empty our pots of mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, and other fall annuals. Instead of letting those pots sit empty all winter, add an assortment of greens cut from your own evergreens or purchased at your local garden center. Containers filled with greens set a festive tone for… Continue reading Holiday Greens Container – Step by Step

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials · Tropicals

Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

In honor of Halloween, let’s celebrate those plants costumed with hauntingly black (or nearly black) foliage. Just as black cats add mystery on Halloween night, black-foliaged plants add a sense of mystery to beds, borders and containers. There are many plants that we grow as annuals in Zone 5 gardens with foliage as dark as… Continue reading Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

Birds in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials

Flowers Turn to Seed Heads

On a beautiful day last week I ventured outside with my camera. Temperatures had cooled to seasonal levels and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. My intent was to get photos of everything still blooming to share with readers, but flowers were few and far between. Seven straight days of record-setting temperatures… Continue reading Flowers Turn to Seed Heads

Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs · Vegetable Gardening · Water Gardening

Buffalo: A City of Gardeners

I was recently invited as part of the Association of Garden Communicators to the city of Buffalo to witness the impact gardens have made on the revitalization of the city. I met passionate people eager to better their beloved city and toured neighborhood gardens, urban farms and city parks. Here’s what I learned: Buffalonians may… Continue reading Buffalo: A City of Gardeners