Annuals · Garden DIY · Herbs · Perennials · Vegetable Gardening

Getting Ready for Seed Starting

It won’t be long before seed starting begins at my house. Besides the joy of watching seedlings emerge and grow into full-size plants, starting plants from seeds gives me the chance to fill my gardens with more plants. Let’s face it…if you want a LOT of flowers and vegetables, it can get very expensive purchasing… Continue reading Getting Ready for Seed Starting

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 · Herbs · Perennials

Agastache is a pollinator favorite!

Hummingbird mint, Agastache in botanical circles, is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, and gardeners who garden in sun.  It wasn’t until recently – the last decade or so – that the Agastache family started getting the attention it deserves. Also commonly called hyssop, they delight gardeners with their aromatic foliage, showy spikes… Continue reading Agastache is a pollinator favorite!

Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Bulbs · Container Gardening · Garden Design · Garden DIY · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials

Garden Bloggers Fling – A Glimpse

Garden walks are awesome! We learn so much from observing how other gardeners garden. We discover new plants we just have to grow in our own gardens, original ways to combine flowers and foliage, innovative methods of growing, and fresh ideas on displaying garden décor. We may even find a solution to one of our… Continue reading Garden Bloggers Fling – A Glimpse

Container Gardening · Herbs

Grow mint in honor of National Mint Julep Day!

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!