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Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Planning

Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I am already planning my spring and summer containers. I first look through photos of previous containers noting favorite combinations. Next I peruse garden magazines, plant catalogs, newsletters from favorite garden centers, anything that might inspire new ideas. One authority I always turn to is All-America Selections. Independent judges… Continue reading Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

Container Gardening · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Garden Planning · Perennials

Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year

When Pantone announces their color choice for the upcoming year, designers from a wide variety of industries take notice. We will likely see their pick in clothing, home furnishings and fabrics, paint, housewares, and even cosmetics. Pantone has chosen Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. They describe it as a symbol of… Continue reading Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Looking Back at the Season

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

Garden DIY · Garden Planning · Vegetable Gardening

On winter days, make seed tapes.

There are many benefits of planting vegetables from seed. The selection of seed varieties is far greater than the variety of plants at the garden center; a packet of seeds is considerably less expensive than plants already started in pots; and it is very rewarding to care for vegetables from germination to harvest. Some seeds… Continue reading On winter days, make seed tapes.