The last three days we’ve had killing frosts. Frosts hard enough to create ice on the tops of standing water. However, when I looked out in my yard I was surprised to find some plants still standing tall and blooming. So, here a list of plants that I found are frost tolerant. Of course this doesn’t mean that if you get into the low-20s [...]Read more
When people think of green in relation to gardening they usually think about foliage. Whether a plant is evergreen or deciduous. What is the color of the foliage? How will it complement or set off the plants around it? And so forth.
There is a different kind of green coming to our landscapes, green energy. Now when you think about landscaping your yard, you should also thing about how to use solar [...]Read more
Shakespeare’s famous line is so true. A rose by any other name would still be a rose. Yet, somehow some names are really descriptive. For instance, my favorite flower of this season has to be the strawflowers. If you’ve never seen them, they may conjure up strange images, since most of us associate straw with something you feed animals.
However I don’t think you’d ever feed a strawflower to an animal, [...]Read more
Yesterday I had to do the mad frost dance. They were predicting that we might get our first frost and I hadn’t finished harvesting the basil. So, out I run, cut down the lemon basil, bring it in, pick the leaves and put them on the dehydrator sheet, and start them dehydrating. Mad dash number two is for licorice basil. Now the dehydrator is full.
Then I go out and cut down most of [...]Read more
Or at least as a kid I must have been. From the first day that the local community pool opened to the last day when it closed for the season, I would spend every possible waking hour swimming.
It started in the early morning with swim lesson or swim team, once I’d learn to swim well enough. Then it was home for breakfast. Yes, I was up swimming before breakfast, sometimes dragging [...]Read more
Anytime is a good time to design new gardens. Even in the dead of winter you can be deciding where to put a garden once the ground can be worked. In some parts of the country fall and winter are excellent times to prepare a bed. Then let it sit and “mellow” a little before planting it in the spring, especially if you need to add amendments to correct soil pH.
Nowadays, [...]Read more
Thanks for the post from Kirk Wood
I got DIRECT TV for a Christmas gift for my parents. I knew that they would like it. I ordered the hunting channel package for my Dad. My mom jokes and says that she wishes that I hadn’t gotten them those. She said she has been forced to watch animal calling and tracking all of the time. Dad has even invited his friends over to watch and practice their animal calls. When my Dad [...]Read more
Bulbs are often a very underused, misunderstood plant. I think part of the reason is that you usually buy them when they are dormant and not very interesting. However, taking the time to plant some bulbs now, will bring you a wealth of color in the early spring.
There are plants that bloom almost any time of the growing season, but they are best known for spring because they are usually some of the very first color after the bleakness of [...]Read more
Now that we’re coming to the end of the growing season and the holidays are coming up fast, it is time to start thinking about who you want to thank for their help with your garden this past season. Maybe it was the extension agent who helped you pick out just the right fruit trees for your property; or the nurseryman that ordered in the special variegated holly you wanted. Maybe it was [...]Read more
I never was much inclined toward sedum. They were cute little ground covers and easy to start from just a piece that had fallen off, but there were so many more stunning plants.
Then I saw a stonecrop sedum called ‘Neon’ (Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’). Wow, I was hooked. I bought it full price and scurried home to plant it. I’ve not been disappointed either. In early fall, every year, it has bloomed fantastic vibrant pink clusters of blooms that [...]Read more