My mom shared stories of dancing around the maypole and choosing a May queen. My own kids planted baskets of flowers, put them on the doorsteps of neighbors, rang their doorbells and ran away before they could answer their doors. Originally, May Day was a pagan holiday to celebrate the beginning of summer. It was… Continue reading May Day Garden Walk
Today is World Water Day, a day designated by the United Nations to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, Nature for Water, explores nature-based solutions to water challenges. While we can’t, as individuals, plant a forest, reconnect rivers to floodplains, or restore a wetland, there are many things gardeners can… Continue reading Perennials that Save Water in the Garden
June is Perennial Gardening Month. Celebrate by adding some new perennials to the landscape. The Perennial Plant Association helps gardeners make good choices. They have selected the best of the best and presented them in their Perennial Plant of the Year program. The mission of the Perennial Plant Association is to educate everyone from industry… Continue reading Award-Winning Perennials for your Garden
One of the prettiest plants in my shade garden is Brunnera macrophylla, commonly called false forget-me-nots and Siberian bugloss. Named for the Swiss botanist Samuel Brunner, it is native to Siberia and areas in the Mediterranean. It is cold hardy in most of the U.S. but does not perform as well in the deep South,… Continue reading Plant false forget-me-nots.