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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers

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

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

Gardens are the Best Therapy

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

Container Gardening · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials

Perennials Rule at Darwin Perennials Day

I love industry events. They provide the opportunity to see old friends, make new ones as passionate about plants as I am, and satisfy my plant appetite (for a while, at least). I attended Darwin Perennials Day at Ball Horticultural Company last week. The skies threatened and even sprinkled a few raindrops from time to… Continue reading Perennials Rule at Darwin Perennials Day

Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Perennials

Enjoy Spring Clean-Up in the Garden

I love cleaning up the garden in spring. After the crazy harsh winter we have just endured, it is wonderful to be outside in relatively warm temperatures and breathe fresh air. But that would be nice even if I was taking a walk around the subdivision or sitting on the deck with a book. There… Continue reading Enjoy Spring Clean-Up in the Garden

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials

iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals

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