It won’t be long before plants should be growing like gangbusters in our gardens again. What can we do if a few of them seem less than enthusiastic to wake up or are struggling to get their green on? First, commit to building the health of your soil over the upcoming season. “Feed your soil… Continue reading Understanding Fertilizers: What do those numbers mean?
Millions of bouquets of red roses will be given to sweethearts all across the country today. Have you ever wondered why red roses? Why not daisies or tulips or even dandelions? The answer lies in the language of flowers, or floriography, a centuries old practice. In Victorian times, flowers were often given to convey emotions… Continue reading The Language of Flowers
I am a certifiable plant nerd. I am grateful for plant breeders who work diligently to bring me new plants that thrill my green thumbs every spring. Although I knew it was time consuming work, I did not have the proper appreciation of the time and effort that goes into bringing new and improved trees… Continue reading Plant Stories of Michael Yanny
Every once in a while and for no apparent reason, I am crabby. My husband has learned this mood will pass quickly and heads to his office in the basement until the coast is clear. Today is one of those days. If there is a bright side to this dark side, it seems the perfect… Continue reading Gardening Pet Peeves
I was recently invited to attend a luncheon with William Woys Weaver before his lecture, Our Kitchen Garden for Culinary and Cultural Research: The Roughwood Seed Collection, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I, along with a dozen other garden writers, hung on his every word as he talked about his childhood spent in the garden… Continue reading William Woys Weaver and the Roughwood Seed Collection