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
Family Cabin Last weekend my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren met at our little log cabin for the celebration of spring birthdays and the commencement of converting the large garage into a bunk house for this ever-expanding family. During the course of the weekend, various ideas flew about which I found of interest. While many … Continue reading Pictures on the wall
The springtime sun casts a special morning glow on flowers waking from their long winter's nap. As I walk around the garden, it is apparent it isn't only the flowers that are showing off. The thrum of busy bumblebees can be heard gathering nectar from the flowers and telling the story that spring is here. … Continue reading They’re Back
There are several methods of controlling weeds in a garden. Some of those methods can be toxic while others can be kind of fun and far more benign for the environment! Did I say that weeding a garden can be fun, or am I employing the Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn methodology to fool you into a … Continue reading A Fun Kind of Weeding?
Emerging spring iris among a rusty old tool It's spring. The morning chores can't be completed fast enough. Excitement courses through my body as I recall it did just before Christmas as a child. The difference is the gifts awaiting for this gardener include watching plants come alive after a long winter's nap, and watching … Continue reading Like a Child at Christmas
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
Romaine lettuce rooting with onion yet to go A friend called me last week asking if I ever grew celery. I could only smile while sharing the short cut version of my successful celery growing experience utilizing celery from my refrigerator. The experience is one that led to seeking other means of creating shortcuts with … Continue reading Re-purposed Veggies?
Weeds, cardboard and mulch - The perfect weed abatement Spring is officially here. It came in with a bit of rain, a glimpse of sunshine and what seemed to be a whole lot of wind. In other words, the perfect combination for weed seeds blowing about, enough moisture to start germination, and the warmth of … Continue reading Get Ahead
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
Inventory before you plan There is an old saying: " A goal without a plan is just a wish". Those words couldn't be truer about planning a garden. It matters not if it is a container, a planter, a vegetable garden or the entire landscaped area. Plans are required for the ultimate success. And it … Continue reading All About Planning