With Easter just around the corner, it was time to get my window boxes planted for spring. Here’s how I planted them step by step. If you followed the plantings of my window boxes last year, you might remember re-painting them was on my list of things to do. Well, it’s back on this year’s… Continue reading Spring Window Boxes
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
Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.
The colors most often used in fall containers mimic the seasonal hues found in nature – brilliant yellows, glowing oranges, and rich reds. I like these colors just fine and appreciate them in the flamboyant leaves of trees and shrubs in the landscape, but what’s a gardener to do when she loves pink and purple?… Continue reading Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange
Deadheading – the practice of removing spent blooms – has many benefits. It encourages annuals to keep blooming, it keeps garden bullies in their place by eliminating blossoms before they can set and disperse seed, and removing shriveled flowers just makes plants look better. When annuals grow, they are on a mission to reproduce. All… Continue reading Deadhead those annuals!