As I pulled the tropical plants out of my window boxes to make room for pumpkins and gourds, I noticed the English ivy. It was planted early in spring along with pansies, alyssum, lettuce and other cool-season annuals. I remembered how I admired its long stems of dark green leaves with prominent veins and how… Continue reading An English Ivy – A Poem
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
Succulents are all the rage, and I love the look of birch. I knew it would be fun to do this birch log planter filled with succulents as a wintertime project. With the birch log held firmly in place, a four-inch diameter birch pole was cut a little more than four feet long using a… Continue reading Birch Log Planter with Succulents
I don’t understand why folks don’t plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. Sure, I’ve heard the excuses: I’m tired of working in the garden by the time fall rolls around. My clay soil makes it difficult to use a bulb planter. It’s so much work and it takes so long to see the results of… Continue reading Plant bulbs in pots!
It’s time to assess our container gardens. Jotting down notes now – plants maturing magnificently and those performing poorly, designs that are satisfying and those that disappoint – will keep you from making similar mistakes next year. I’ll share mine if you share yours. I am pleased with this grouping. I have already picked a… Continue reading It’s time to evaluate summer container gardens.