The National Garden Bureau has named 2017 the Year of the Rose. Just the thought of growing roses strikes fear in the hearts of many gardeners. How can a plant so beautiful be so intimidating? Maybe it is because they are seen growing in large formal collections in botanical gardens. Maybe it is their place… Continue reading Grow Roses!
I think we all have fragrances that, when they make their way to our noses, magically transport us to a favorite place or memory. For me, it is the scent of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris). When I breathe in their sweet perfume, I am a little girl in my mother’s garden, holding as many stems of… Continue reading Lilacs: Grow the Fragrance of Nostalgia
A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind. I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through… Continue reading Walk through my Spring Landscape
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
Thanks to a spring storm that brought 50+ mph winds through my landscape, I was outside a couple days ago picking up hundreds of sticks. In between endless gardener toe touches – see stick, bend over, pick up stick, stand up, repeat – I snapped a few photos of the flowers and new growth happening… Continue reading My Early Spring Garden