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
It is a shame fragrance is an often overlooked characteristic when we choose plants for our gardens. A scent can evoke precious memories. The first whiff of lilacs sends me time traveling to my childhood home cutting my mother’s lilacs for bouquets. The sweet perfume of peonies rouses images of my mom walking arm in… Continue reading Foliage offers fragrance, too!
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