Here's my current mystery plant. Look at the lovely big leaves!
Seems I’m always finding new and interesting things in my garden, that I didn’t plant. The first year we lived in this house, broccoli and bird’s nest gourds came up. I recognized both as something other than weeds, so we enjoyed the broccoli and I have a box full of gourds to decorate, someday, when I have time.
Next, I have this very pretty “weed” that is growing next to [...]
Clown Flower, my favorite shade annual. Grew these from seed myself.
For most people, when they think of shade, they get a picture of ivy, vinca major, or pachysanra as their only options. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Shade can be as alluring as sun, if you use the right combination of plants.
Earlier I wrote about knowing your shade. Is it dense, spotted, or partial? All of this will have a bearing on which plants will do well [...]
Foamflower, great in the shade
In many old, established neighborhoods finding sun is the main concern of gardeners. Shade is in abundance. Knowing how to use that shade can lead to replacing barren dark patches with lovely foliage and flowers. So, get to know what kind of shade you’re looking at, so that you pick the correct plants for the location.
Deep Shade – All day shade, with no direct sunlight reaching the ground. The sites can be dry to moist, [...]
Tulip in garden in Germany
June and July are the months to dig up your spring bulbs if you need to move them or separate them. Soon after the leaves have died down you can start the process. If you know where you want to put them you can plant them in that area immediately, you don’t have to wait. However, if you need to move them to an area that’s not yet prepared or are not sure where you [...]
You’ve decided to put in a new garden. You’ve picked a location. Now, what to do from here? First you need to decide the size and shape of the garden. Try to plan gardens so that you don’t have to do extensive standing on the soil once planted. You can plan a couple of key stepping places, but compacted soil is hard for roots to live in.
When considering shape remember that curved lines are more appealing. If it a purely [...]
Honeybees on catnip
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is well known for its affects on cats. Anyone who’s ever seen a cat given a catnip toy knows that they lose all their reserve and act like they’re totally uninhibited, drunk possibly.
Catnip seems to have that same affect on all the pollinators. Right now my catnip is in full bloom and it is covered in every sort of flying nectar drinker I’ve ever seen. There are bees, green flies, butterflies, etc. They just [...]
We all have the best of intentions. We see our yard beautifully landscaped, not a blade of grass out of place. The flowers are blooming happily, raising their faces to the sun. Funny, we never envision our garden choked with weeds, or the grape trellis breaking and our grapes now lying on the ground. We don’t see the reworking of the deck taking weeks, instead of hours.
Gardeners are optimists. If we weren’t we’d never plant a seed, because planting a [...]
A year or so ago I noticed a new little daylily plant coming up. I hadn’t planted it there and it was obvious it had come up from a seed, as it was tiny. I decided to just leave it and see which plant it was from. I expected to look like one of the two daylilies nearby, either yellow or peach.
This morning I opened the door and it was blooming. A big glorious bloom that doesn’t look much like [...]
This is the year of the zinnia! Zinnias (Zinnia elegans), are super easy to grow annuals, that will provide a plethora of blooms perfect for cutting the entire summer season. There are dozens of varieties of zinnias. They range from tiny to gigantic, and just about every color in the rainbow can be found.
If you just want a flush of color there are the “Profusion” series that are low growing, small flowered, but masses of them. Or you can make [...]
This is the big show for annuals. Summer months are when they get to show off. Since annuals only live one season, they bloom profusely in an attempt to set seed. Their goal is to see the next generation born.
From early spring until hard frosts in fall there are annuals that you can grow in your area. You just need to be aware of a few tips when purchasing annuals. There are some annuals that do best with cool, mild [...]