Today is National Gardening Exercise Day. Observed every year on June 6, it encourages gardeners to increase the physical benefits already realized from gardening by adding a few stretches here and a couple squats there. Who needs a gym membership when the garden is just outside the door? It has all the equipment and activities… Continue reading Exercise in the garden today!
I wonder if everyone thinks of their mothers and grandmothers when they admire peonies blooming in their own gardens or the gardens of others. This garden classic is often shared with sons and daughters when they create gardens at their first homes. I have peonies from my mom, grandmother and husband’s grandmother and I think… Continue reading Growing Peonies & Memories
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!
Some gardeners mistakenly believe it is difficult to have a colorful shade garden. They give up, plant some ground cover, and call it a garden. But a beautiful shade garden is as easy as choosing plants with dramatic texture and vibrantly-colored foliage. The Japanese painted fern is a perfect example of a plant with both… Continue reading Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!
Fruits and vegetables have been growing in containers on our deck since early April. We’ve been enjoying romaine and butterhead lettuce in salads and on burgers for a month, and the rest of the cool-season vegetables are growing beautifully. Check them out. The heads of broccoli and cauliflower are beginning to form. Isn’t this the… Continue reading Check out my cool-season vegetable garden!