Autumn Rain

The quiet pitter-patter sound of raindrops seeped into my dream state. The gentle rhythm carried along a magical fragrance in the air that only can be experienced with rain. In my half- dream state, my brain registered that it surely must be the irrigation system. It had to be close enough to five in the … Continue reading Autumn Rain

Big Words

When speaking of such things as mycorrhizae , Philadelphus lewisii or even evapo-transpiration, it seems to mean little to those not familiar with the world of soils, plants and water. As a result, using big non-descriptive words can fail to relate to the essence of good plant growth that those same gardeners may instinctively know … Continue reading Big Words

Dry Shade Winners

Helleborus and Vinca minor in dry land shade garden Over the years, there are two micro climate areas that seem to stump the best of gardeners for a successful outcome. One is hillside planting that I will address next week, and the other is plants to use in dry shade areas. Yet there are wonderful … Continue reading Dry Shade Winners

Color

Liriope muscari and Tete d tete daffodils Who recalls the opening scene of the movie, The Color Purple? The camera panned out to reveal a field of beautiful lavender cosmos. Without watching any further, the producer captured my attention. Color in the garden can cause a head to turn with anyone passing by. It is … Continue reading Color

Beneficial Lavender

Monarch and Bees on Lavender Lavandula, commonly known as lavender, is a plant known by many. Yet it makes me wonder how many people know about its history and use beyond a placeholder for a colorful perennial shrub to grow in a sunny area of the garden. Planting lavender is relatively simple. The plant requires … Continue reading Beneficial Lavender