For centuries, gardeners have grown nasturtiums. The Incas ate them in salads. King Louis XIV displayed them in his palace gardens. Monet grew them at Giverny. Thomas Jefferson sowed seeds of nasturtiums in the vegetable gardens at Monticello. Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seeds. Plant them ½ inch deep and 10 to 12 inches… Continue reading Growing Nasturtiums
Blueberries are one of the most nutritious berries. While packing a powerful antioxidant punch, they also offer 24% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C, 36% of Vitamin K, 25% of manganese, and 4 grams of fiber in a one cup serving. All this nutrition for just 84 calories! Blueberry bushes are beautiful landscape… Continue reading Growing Blueberries
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
In April, Podophyllum peltatum rises from the ground, resembling a tightly-closed umbrella. As each stem lengthens to a foot tall or a bit taller, the leaves unfurl and the ‘umbrella’ opens. It sounds like a really interesting plant, doesn’t it? Called mayapples because of their apple-blossom-like flowers that bloom in May, they are one of… Continue reading Mayapples