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 [...]
A couple days ago I found a real bargain. I was actually shopping for sewing stuff at a local store, but they have branched out into all kinds of things I’d never go there for and guess what? I found something I’ve been looking for, for a long time, and on sale at 75% off. Guess others don’t shop there for these things either. I found a double hook sheperd’s hook. I’ve wanted one for a hummingbird feeder, but wasn’t interested [...]
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 [...]
Many homeowners have dreams about how they want their yard to look. However, sometimes our dreams don’t quite live up to what we envisioned. Some people are great at visualizing. Whatever they envision becomes reality. For some it is hit or miss, sometimes it looks great, others it’s lacking. For some, what they see never matches they get.
There are a several ways to overcome this. First, you can practice with small projects until you can visualize what you want and [...]
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 [...]
After nearly 20 years still shiny & work great!
For years I bought my garden equipment at Walmart or the Dollar Store. I didn’t have a lot of money and thought it was thrifty to buy inexpensive tools.
Finally, I needed to replace my old worn out shovel. I looked around and began drooling over a stainless steel garden spade and fork set. I really, really wanted it, but didn’t think we could afford it. I put a shovel and fork [...]
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 [...]