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  • Agastache 'Orange Nectar' ™ and Agastache 'Raspberry Nectar' ™

    Native Sons - Plant of the Week
    Melissa Berard
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
      The colorful Agastache of the Nectar™ series, otherwise known as Hummingbird Mint, produce copious amounts of nectar-filled blooms over a long season that certainly attract beneficial insects as well as hummingbirds. The dense flower spikes, orange for 'Orange Nectar'™ and raspberry red for 'Raspberry Nectar'™, rise from scented green foliage that is distasteful to deer. The compact habit, twelve to eighteen inches tall and wide, is ideal for containers or the front of a border where you can appreciate the show. Give them a place in full sun with average to dry soil, while providing…
  • Don't Overlook the First and Last Thing People See in Your Garden!

    The Diligent Gardener
    Gaz
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    First impressions are hard to undo when it comes to people walking up to your front door. If you have buy that is in disrepair or looks shoddy, it is saying more about you than the humble fence. Thankfully, it’s not hard to make your fencing say good things about you than bad things, as long as you pay attention to it before the guests arrive.How to Make a Beautiful ImpressionYour choice of fencing can set the tone of the house. It can be as decorative or utilitarian as your heart desires. Wrought iron fencing brings some old world charm to your house facade while picket fencing is an…
  • History of Annabelle Hydrangea

    A Leafy Indulgence
    Swimray
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Almost everyone has seen or has grown the Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). So, I wanted to present something interesting for my featured plant - something most people do not know -- like "who was Annabelle?"Obtained three years ago as a wee baby from the landscape architect friends, it was planted on the shady side of the back yard fence. I was filling in the areas along the fence. Having no plan or consideration, I take contributions of anything that grows. Normally my gardener's brain works backwards to most logical thinking: first get a plant, then find a place for it.Our story…
  • 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy

    Epic Gardening
    Kevin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The post 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Most of us gardeners assume that the people that run our local garden center are knowledgeable and know exactly what they're selling - and for the most part, that's true.  But what happens when some of the most commonly sold plants also happen to be some of the most invasive?Due to the globalization of our society, it's become very easy to get plants from different areas of the world, grow…
  • Gardening is Hard

    The Gardens of Petersonville
    Sheila
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    The other day I ran into an acquaintance who asked me if I was still gardening. I was rather caught off guard by her question. I have never thought that I would someday not garden. I'm not saying that it is like eating or breathing, I'm sure that I would still exist if I did not garden, but if given the choice to do it or not, I would always choose to do it, at least in some form or another. My friend had said that she had quit gardening because it was just too hard and time consuming and she had moved to a condo where she didn't have to worry about the yard. Before that she had a beautiful…
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    You Grow Girl

  • RECIPE: Cherry Clafoutis

    Gayla Trail
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
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  • What’cha Growin? Podcast Episode #8 Abbey Huggan

    Gayla Trail
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
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  • Grow Write Guild #31: Summer Fruit

    Gayla Trail
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
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  • Pickling Flavours to Grow (or Buy)

    Gayla Trail
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
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  • Pickled Radish Seed Pods 2 Ways + Giveaway

    Gayla Trail
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Cucumber Lemon Martini Cocktail Recipe and Video

    Shawna
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s cucumber season! Hoorah! Instead of giving away the millions of cucumbers you have in your garden – muddle them! Now is the time to celebrate the warmth with an amazing muddled cucumber lemon martini filled with those delicious summer flavors that say, “Happy!” Watch the quickie video below to see the steps. Super easy! Super summer! Muddled Cucumber Lemon Martini Cocktail Recipe Muddled Cucumber – 1/2 cup Cucumber Vodka — 1.5 oz. Lemonade — 1 cup Ice Lemon for rimming Sugar for rimming Cucumber Garnish Rim a martini glass with lemon, then sugar.
  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

    Shawna
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here is another great salad from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook – it is time to harvest fresh herbs and lettuces in the garden before they start to bolt. And dontcha know we are using one of my favorite herbs, parsley, to build a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe that is vegetarian and will knock your socks off with flavor yumminess. Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 34 min. 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup uncooked quinoa 3⁄4 cup parsley leaves 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dried apricots 3…
  • A Middle of the Garden Season Caladium Planting Solution

    Shawna
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Everyone has had the problem of a section of plants dying or lettuce’s bolting or a group of ravenous insects attacking the garden and you have had to pull the plants out. This leaves a remarkably ugly blank spot in the garden beds, but it is too late in the season to plant anything that might be a long term grower. Usually I throw in the “leftover plants” from some other area of the garden or perhaps plant some cool season vegetable seeds. Last season I discovered a creative planting solution using caladiums that turned out remarkably well. The problem: a super ugly…
  • Indigo Rose Purple Grafted Tomato

    Shawna Coronado
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Imagine growing common vegetables at reasonable prices that have super antioxidant value and a higher level of health value? This season I am growing the deep purple Indigo Rose Grafted Tomato from Jung Seed as a test experiment in my front lawn tomato garden to see how it works (so far pretty great as you can see in the photos). To celebrate summer goodness with me and all my peeps, Jung Seed will be giving away a $75 gift card on this blog post (see rules below). About the Jung Tomatoes I’m Growing Indigo Rose purple grafted tomato is GMO free and one of the first tomatoes with a high…
  • Unfried Chicken Recipe and a LYFE Restaurant Review

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Recently I was invited to LYFE Kitchen to try their healthy food. My two vegetarian daughters and I took a break from gardening to visit the LYFE Kitchen in Evanston, Illinois to see if their claims to deliciousness are true. LYFE focuses on food that’s prepared quickly, but fits your special lifestyle. Flexitarian. Locavore. Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Whatever your food LYFE style is, LYFE’s food MENU has options that fit. They grow fresh herbs on site and proudly display a full ingredient list with calorie, sodium, and nut allergy information. There is indoor or outdoor…
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    Cold Climate Gardening

  • Mountain Fringe In My New Garden: Wildflower Wednesday

    Kathy Purdy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Can you name a biennial vine native to North America? (Great trivia question!)If you read the words above, you know the answer is mountain fringe (Adlumia fungosa), more commonly known as Allegheny vine–but that’s not as poetic. I first discovered mountain fringe growing in moist, shady spots in my former garden. As I mentioned in […]
  • Serendipity in July: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day July 2014

    Kathy Purdy
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    When you let plants self-sow, as I discussed in my review of Plantiful, serendipitous things can happen in your garden that surprise and delight you.The poppies in the photo above are second year poppies. I scattered the seed of their parents over my flower bed, but I did nothing for the poppies you see here […]
  • Fill The Gaps In Your Garden With Plantiful: Book Review

    Kathy Purdy
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    In Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants That Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter, Kristin Green wants to teach you what it took me years to learn: by relaxing my hold on the garden and using self-sowing plants to fill in the gaps, I could enjoy the garden more and work less. Kristin advocates using […]
  • Wild, Wicked–But Not Native: Rosa Multiflora

    Kathy Purdy
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    There comes a time in every gardener’s life when she realizes that a plant she has admired is not all it seems to be. Whatever the initial attraction, another side of the plant is discovered, and the gardener decides the relationship must end. I met Rosa multiflora through his fragrance. At this time of the […]
  • The Garden Has Arrived: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day June 2014

    Kathy Purdy
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    My patience has been rewarded. The days of staring at mostly-bare-dirt beds with puny divisions of shrubs and perennials are over. The beds that I created the soonest after we moved in have now filled in. Granted, there are a lot of self-sowers filling in the gaps, but give me a viola over a dandelion […]
 
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    A Way To Garden

  • homemade yogurt, with erica strauss

    margaret
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    MY ROUTE TO HOMEMADE YOGURT began with a virtual trip to Seattle, to Erica Strauss, “a professional chef turned gardening [read more…] The post homemade yogurt, with erica strauss appeared first on A Way To Garden.
  • fantastic: plant a carrot, get a clarinet

    margaret
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    ‘PLANT A CARROT, get a carrot, not a Brussels sprout,’ proclaims the song from the 1960 (and ongoing) musical “The [read more…] The post fantastic: plant a carrot, get a clarinet appeared first on A Way To Garden.
  • evaluating native plants at mt. cuba center, with george coombs

    margaret
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    WHICH BEE BALM will really resist powdery mildew—and which of the endless parade of near-lookalike Heuchera (above) is truly a [read more…] The post evaluating native plants at mt. cuba center, with george coombs appeared first on A Way To Garden.
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    Plant Whatever Brings You Joy

  • Cherish the Beauty of the Season

    Kathryn
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I must confess that all summer long I have been hovering over a particular canna lily just outside my front door hoping it would blossom before summer’s end. Last year it did not have time to come to fruition. This year I have not been disappointed and I take great delight in the spectacular persimmon colored lilies that now grace the entrance to my home. Three decades ago I was hovering over my own splendid blossom inside my own round tummy. Inside was a precious being getting ready to emerge who was my own beloved Antonia. Unfettered by any ground outside my front door, I took my round…
  • Flower Games of Children

    Kathryn
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Summer brings the abundant gift of many kinds of flowers, and, so, it was not unlikely a friend and I would begin reminiscing recently about games we played as children with various blossoms and plants in our childhood gardens. Here are the ones we most readily recalled. Daisy chains “Daisy chain” by User Ecrips on en.wikipedia Who has not spent time sitting in the grass lacing daisies together into a lovely chain, which one could then decide how to use–as a bracelet, a necklace, or, if long enough, as a crown in our hair? What a lovely memory. Wishing on dandelions It…
  • Another Part of Life

    Kathryn
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Anyone who has read Plant Whatever Brings You Joy knows I’ve not shied away from addressing the full spectrum of life in the garden, which includes the passing away and letting go that comes bound into our life contract. Flowers, beloved puppies and cats, trees, and, ultimately, our own dear bodies. Having entrusted myself with much of the writing of the final chapters of my Grandmother’s life, who lived to be 100 years old, I learned a lot! One of those lessons was the sacred duty of how to handle her final resting place, once she had departed. Fortunately, and amazingly, in her…
  • The Beauty of a Rose

    Kathryn
    15 May 2014 | 5:18 pm
    This year has been without a doubt the most abundant and luxurious year for roses I’ve seen in my many years here in Northern California! I can only surmise it has something to do with the late unexpected rains, a gift from the gods for our drought-stricken state. What a bounty! “An embarrassment of riches,” one might say. My experience has been one of catching my breath upon entering the garden each morning, just overwhelmingly stunned by that much beauty all in one place, where before, not that long ago, there were bare branches stock still in hibernation. So I would close…
  • Gently Guide the Tender Vine Else It Become Wild, Tangled and Impossible

    Kathryn
    5 May 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Dearest Readers, The following is an excerpt from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. I have chosen this particular story for this blog post as it contains a basic teaching of my beloved teacher, Angeles Arrien, who unexpectedly passed into Spirit on April 24th. You might well be aware of this as tributes have emerged in many corners acknowledging the deep impact she had in our lives. In addition to studying extensively with her at California Institute of Integral Studies, I was also the publicist who launched her wonderful book The Tarot Handbook. While her student…
 
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    May Dreams Gardens

  • A Postcard From My Veg Garden

    Carol
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Dee and Mary Ann, A postcard from my little veg garden. I'm picking lots from the garden right now as you can see from the picture of Saturday's pickin's. Everything is doing well except the peppers.  It's been cool these last few days, so we'll see what that does to the garden.  I'm not sure when I'll have time for a longer letter, but I will make time because I want to share with you
  • Obsessed gardener looking for an old variety...

    Carol
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Begonia 'Gloire de Lorraine' (American Gardening, 1900) Obsessed gardener looking for an old variety of Begonia, 'Gloire de Lorraine'. Described by Buckner Hollingsworth in Gardening on Main Street (1968) ~ "From a tight cushion of bright green foliage a great many lax stems emerged, each tipped with only two flowers, but when these fade and fall the stem lengthens and two more flowers
  • Buckner Hollingsworth

    Carol
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
    I will always remember this summer as the summer I discovered Buckner Hollingsworth's books. My first discovery came when a friend and I were browsing in a nearby antique mall. I had gone my way in search of old gardening tools and books and she had gone her way in search of whatever.  I met up with her as she was looking through several shelves of  old books. She handed me a copy of
  • Class is now in session for Wildflower Wednesday - Wild Petunia

    Carol
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis "Good morning, class." "Good morning, Miss Horters." "Now class, I hope you all remembered that today we are having a very special Show & Tell for Wildflower Wednesday, which is always on the 4th Wednesday of the month". "Yes, Miss Horters, we remembered," said the class in unison. "Miss Horters?" "Yes, Judy?"  "Miss Horters, Carol brought in a garden fairy
  • 'German Johnson' Tomato

    Carol
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I believe 'German Johnson' is one of the finest heirloom tomatoes you can grow in your garden. It has a pinkish skin, pinker than this picture shows, and the classic dimples one generally finds on most of the larger, beefier tomatoes. The vines are indeterminate and should continue to grow and set fruit all the way until the first frost knocks them down. The fruit of 'German Johnson' is very
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    Backyard Gardening Blog

  • Double Coneflowers

    Administrator
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    I find myself lately really enjoying double coneflowers (echinacea). Often in gardening we must make choices, do we want big, complex, showy blossoms, or do we want blossoms for a long period of time. Stella de Oro daylily blooms for a long time with relatively small plain yellow blooms, but there are other daylilies with amazingly large and complex blooms, that bloom for a fraction of the time. Irises make big showy blooms, some of my favorite, with multiple colors, but for maybe a week each Spring. Coneflowers, to me, were always in the plain camp. They bloom for such a long period of time,…
  • The World’s Largest Flowers

    Administrator
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    I had a chance to experience two of the worlds biggest flowers recently, only mere weeks apart. The first was the infamous corpse flower, amorphophallus titanum (which means giant misshapen phallus). There is a specimen at MSU near my house that was flowering for the first time in years, and I dragged my kids there (they were troopers, waiting in line nearly 2 hours to see a stinky flower). It really is a rare chance, there aren’t a lot of them out there, and they can bloom as infrequently as every 10 years. Corpse flower, for scale I’m 6’5. The corpse flower is pretty cool, and…
  • Taking Your Garden With You When You Move

    Administrator
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    In about a year I am moving to Tennessee as I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, and it is starting to feel closer and closer. I’m sure this last year will go quickly, and I’m starting to make plans for how to move my garden. One of the benefits of moving, in addition to the much better climate, is the land. I have 20 acres in Tennessee, here in Michigan I have maybe ¼ acre, and only a fraction of that able to be garden. I have been planning my gardens down there since we’ve bought the land, and I know I have, literally, acres of planting to do, that is something that requires…
  • The Health Risks of Gardening

    Administrator
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Say what? You hear all the time about the health benefits of gardening, usually amounting to moderate activity for otherwise sedentary adults, but what about the health risks? Believe me, they exist. Sporotrichosis Heavily Thorned Rose Recently I encountered one. I was dealing with old roses, the polar vortex killed every last one I had down to the ground so I was pruning out all the old dead canes and then dragging them to my brush pile. I was wearing gloves, gloves with leather palms, but ventilated fabric backs. A rose thorn came in through the back of the glove and stabbed me in the…
  • Dealing with Scale Insects on Pear, Apple, and Other Fruit Trees

    Administrator
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    There doesn’t seem to be a crop out there that doesn’t have a perfectly adapted insect pest (or score thereof) to attack it. Last year I my pear tree did not produce well. Overall it looked sickly, with yellowish leaves, smaller fruits, and black spots (sooty mold) on the leaves. I noticed small bumps on the twigs but they were hard and didn’t seem to be anything weird, maybe they were buds where future branches would grow? In the Spring, as it was leafing out, I examined it again, and noticed these little bumps were still there, but obviously not the source of any new…
 
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    Bloomingwriter: Gardening in Nova Scotia

  • Singing the Blues...of the Garden

    Jodi DeLong
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
     While flowers in any colour are quite lovely and sometimes fantastic, the blue flowers are definitely my absolute favourites. True blue flowers are quite rare, and as anyone who has ever browsed a seed catalogue, a plant website, or a nursery can attest, those who describe flower colours often play fast and loose with what they define as being blue. This flower, blue pimpernel (Anagallis 'Skylover') is for real blue. Often, the so-called 'blue' flowers are more purple than they are blue, which is fine because purple is a great colour, but when you have your heart set on…
  • Colour Echoes in the Garden

    Jodi DeLong
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    One of the great joys of gardening, of course, is the chance to play with colour. It's like painting with plants: you get to create wonderful colour combinations that please your eye, and that can be changed up yearly, or by moving a couple of container plantings around. We all have particular colours that please us, or that we use a lot of in a garden planting. Myself, I am fond of pretty much all colours in the garden,  but I have made a dedicated effort this year to creating drifts of colours. I'm doing this for several reasons. Read more »
  • Red & White for Canada Day!

    Jodi DeLong
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Happy birthday to the best country in the world, Canada, my home and native land! To celebrate Canada Day, July 1st, here are a selection of flowers in our flag's colours of red and white. (The flags above are at Grand Pré National Historic Site lookoff and feature the Acadian Flag, the United Nations Flag, the Canadian Flag, the Nova Scotian Flag, and the Mi'kmaq First Nations flag.)Read more »
  • Love them & Leave Them: Tricky Plants I Enjoy Tormenting Myself With

    Jodi DeLong
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:04 pm
     We all have plants that give us challenges. The dry-soil loving perennial that pouts at cold wet clay soils. The blue poppy that wants exactly what it wants or it will die without blooming. The yellow hollyhocks that taunt us by blooming any other colour but yellow. The zone 7 plant that we try knowing full well we are a zone 5b, MAYBE 6a with winter protection...You get the picture. And I know you have had the plants. And the challenges. And the losses. I have absolutely no idea how many plants I've killed over the years, but I am quite sure it is hundreds, if not thousands. (Not…
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: Getting passionate about penstemons

    Jodi DeLong
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    It's been quite a while since I participated in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and since I have a new plant obsession to talk about, might as well combine the two! It's always exciting when we as gardeners discover some aspect of gardening, or some particular type of plant, that we hadn't really gotten excited about in the past. One of those for me is the genus Penstemon. Formerly, this genus was in the Scrofulariaceae family, the figwort family, which includes Verbascum (mulleins), Buddleia (butterfly bush) and Diascia. But DNA typing has reclassified penstemons as well as…
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    Digging

  • Loree Bohl’s Danger Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

    Pam/Digging
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    One of the most anticipated gardens on the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, recently was Danger Garden, the plant-lustful playground of one of our hosts, Loree of Danger Garden blog fame. With an adoration for spiny, spiky, and bold-foliage plants and an artistic eye for design and for container styling, not to mention the discipline to hew to a restricted but high-impact color palette of orange, lime green, black, and silver, Loree’s garden is a visual treat, with jewel-box vignettes at every turn. Of course on this occasion there were forty jewelers with loupes…
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

    Pam/Digging
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    The second day of the 7th annual Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Portland in mid-July, began in the renowned Portland Japanese Garden, often described as the most authentic of its kind outside of Japan. I had visited a few days earlier with my husband on a hot, sunny morning. It was a pleasure to see it again, and I already knew where the cool, shady places were — like under the skirt of this Japanese maple. It’s a good garden for hot weather. Water trickles from bamboo fountains throughout the garden, offering its cooling music. Ponds, streams, and waterfalls abound as well,…
  • Westwind Farm Studio: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

    Pam/Digging
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    Both buses filled with 80 hot, tired bloggers bumped into a lavender field at the end of the first touring day of the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, in mid-July. I tiredly thought, “How nice, a lovely field of lavender.” But what I didn’t realize was that a breathtaking garden awaited just down the hill, perched on an overlook with the hazy, blue undulations of mountains in the distance. After the appetizer of lavender rows and a hillside stroll through grasses and past olive trees, we paused under a tree where a server stood behind a table, pouring wine. One of…
  • Old Germantown Gardens: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

    Pam/Digging
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The first private garden on the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling tour last weekend was, at 2 acres, large enough to accommodate our entire group of approximately 80 bloggers. Old Germantown Gardens, created over 23 years by Bruce Wakefield and Jerry Grossnickle, is a masterpiece of a garden built on a steeply sloping hillside. The garden drops off sharply behind the house, and a 2nd-floor deck overlooks the sunny spaces below. Here’s a slightly different view. Just look at the wonderful use of form — all those spheres, pillars, and cones — which adds structure in counterpoint…
  • Joy Creek and Cistus Nurseries: Portland Garden Bloggers Fling

    Pam/Digging
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    After touring Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland, the two Fling buses headed out to scenic, agricultural Sauvie Island for our visits to two premier nurseries: Cistus and Joy Creek. Cistus is a plant lover’s mecca, with rare and interesting plants from all over the world, including no small number that are quite at home in Austin, like these Yucca rostrata. I am rarely tempted by plants when traveling, however, which makes me the odd woman out among plantaholic Flingers like my traveling companion Diana , browsing the plant tables on the right. Seattle-area blogger (and…
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    Blithewold Blogs

  • Serving up a feast

    Kristin Green
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Whenever anyone asks, “When is the best time to visit Blithewold?” Gail and I usually run through a list that includes spring for the daffodils, early summer for the roses and Rock Garden, and late summer and fall to see the Idea Gardens in their full glory. But now I wish I could go back and […]
  • On formality and fine tuning

    Kristin Green
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Mother Nature dumped almost three more inches of rain on Blithewold this week and the gardens responded by growing with an exuberance bordering on, and even crossing over the line to loose, lush informality. I have a hard time defining formality when it comes to gardens though I’m sure I know it when I see […]
  • Mid-summer shift

    Kristin Green
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]
  • Past Due!

    Dan Christina
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    It is very hard to believe that a month has passed since my last post, Getting it done.  Even more incredulous are the vast changes the garden has seen since that time. For instance, the peas went from looking like this… To being a week past due for pulling out! I had been hoping they […]
  • GETTYSBURG

    Margaret Whitehead
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I recently visited Gettysburg and found Pardee Field where Bessie’s brother, Ario Pardee, led his men (Pennsylvania 147th) into battle on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3rd, 1863.  There is a huge granite boulder in the middle of the field, with brass letters ‘Pardee Field’ on one side, and a description […]
 
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    Flatbush Gardener

  • Synanthedon exitiosa, Peachtree Borer/Clearwing Moth

    Flatbush Gardener
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    CORRECTION 2014-07-27: ID'd by William H. Taft on BugGuide as a male S. exitiosa, not S. fatifera, Arrowwood Borer, as I thought. A lifer for me. I never even knew such a thing existed. Synanthedon exitiosa, Peachtree Borer/Clearwing Moth, male, on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Event: Saturday 6/21 NYCWW Pollinator Safari of my Gardens

    Flatbush Gardener
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:50 pm
    On Saturday, June 21, in partnership with NYC Wildflower Week, in observation of Pollinator Week, I'm opening my gardens for a guided tour, what I'm calling a "Pollinator Safari." This is only the third time, and the first time in three years, I've... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Off-Topic: Vows

    Flatbush Gardener
    19 May 2014 | 6:02 am
    Two years ago, on May 19, 2012, I married my husband, John. These were my vows: John: I don’t know what I can say to you that I’ve not already said. In front of family, friends, neighbors, and community, I can say this: Today is not a beginning –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What's Blooming

    Flatbush Gardener
    10 May 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Updated 2014-05-11: At the request of one of my readers, I started adding photos of the flowers. Retracted Erythronium; I checked, and its petals have fallen. Hoping for seedset; I have plenty of ants to disperse them! My backyard native plant... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden removes science from its mission

    Flatbush Gardener
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:24 am
    After all their protests that eliminating their research staff in August 2013 was not "the end of science" at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, BBG's Board of Trustees quietly voted at the end of September to change their mission. In contrast to their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Ledge and Gardens

  • High Summer

    Layanee DeMerchant
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
      It is high summer in the garden here on the hillside right now. It is a small hill and the only 'Lucifer' in sight is the crocosmia which is blooming  flame red. Hydrangea leaves wilt in the sun even with ample moisture at their feet and the whine of cicadas slices through the still silence of summer. The spicy scent of tomato greens hangs in the heavy morning air as I flick the little suckers off the plants to keep the plants a bit tidier and inside their cages. My fingers turn green along with my thumb. The plants are laden with unripe tomatoes. It will be a few weeks…
  • White Elegance - Hydrangea arborescens

    Layanee DeMerchant
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
      If I could have only one species of hydrangea in my garden I would choose the smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens. It is native. It will grow in acid soils or in alkaline soils. It will grow in full sun or shade, even fairly deep shade. It has a lots of flowers which grow on new wood so there is no challenge to the flower bud hardiness. It is hardy from Zone 3-9. It grows from Canada to Florida and west to Missouri. It thrives in Minnesota. The further north it grows, the more sun it will tolerate.  I have rarely seen a pest problem although the deer do like to nibble on the…
  • Dogwood Blooms

    Layanee DeMerchant
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:21 am
      It is common to accept much of what we know without question. Take the dogwood for example. Did you ever wonder how that tree got its name? There is speculation that it is derived from the Old English word 'dag' which is short for dagger. Daggers were supposedly made from the hard wood of the dogwood. When I hear the word 'dogwood' I most often picture the Florida dogwood which is  a lovely and delicate flowering tree but there are over fifty species of dogwoods and they encompass every shape and size from small shrubs to 30 foot spreading trees. There is one…
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  • Re-location, re-location, re-location!

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Summer construction is underway across campus: parking lots are being torn up, buildings knocked down, and new foundations dug.  Yes, here we're partying like it's early 2008! In the midst of all of this activity, a few weeks ago I noticed a mournful clump of Variegated Solomon's Seal wedged between an asphalt roadbed and a chain-link fence. I asked folks working in the area if I could help myself to these orphans. "No problem" was the response.   On site: Variegated Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum falcatum "Variegatum")    Last week,…
  • Boundary issues

    19 May 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I have boundary issues. Not as in a lack of any boundaries--quite the opposite. I like boundaries. I like clearly marked property. I like name tags, monogrammed stationary, and signet rings. I like knowing what belongs to me and what doesn't. Don't even think about asking me to share my dessert.  It's not going to happen.Garden boundaries not only mark off your bit of turf from your neighbor's, but they also organize all that green stuff into visually comprehensible blocks of lawn, bed, and hedge. A line of privet separates one portion of the front yard from our neighbor's…
  • More May daffodils

    14 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    The yellow-citron-cream-white-gold-chiffon-canary color carnival continues into mid-May!Clockwise from upper left:  "Hawera," "Thalia," "Pheasant's eye"  (Narcissus poeticus), "Ceylon" 
  • Reunited . . .

    7 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Reunited--that's me and the back quarter acre getting together again--and it feels, well, not quite "so good" . . . yet.  But hey, hey, I'm trying to get my groove back.This past winter took a toll on the growing green stuff--and rectifying the situation has pummeled the green stuff in my wallet.  Two of the Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica) shrubs by our front steps required replacements. These had taken a punch to the midsection last year, but they didn't go belly up then, so I thought that they would struggle back to their feet. Wrong!  In their weakened…
  • Jane Kenyon, the poeticus' mood, and several hundred daffodils

    18 Nov 2013 | 7:31 pm
    In her essay, "The Phantom Pruner," poet and fellow New England gardener, Jane Kenyon, uses the  metaphor of a sun-filled garden to express her desire for emotional luminosity and openness:  It's not just more flowers I want, it's more light, more air for flowers, more sun for cheerfulness.  A person gets her fill of shade-loving plants. She wants . . . a hundred white daffodils that glow after dusk against the unpainted boards of an old barn.No weathered barns around here but, quite by chance, this fall's bulb order offers a small tip to Kenyon's bright vision. By the end of…
 
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    A Leafy Indulgence

  • Leisurely Blue

    Swimray
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Balloon bud in the lower leftA friend offered a share of a balloon flower plant from her front garden. The balloon flower did not excite me much, but I needed filler material for the recently-created, clay-packed side yard garden along new platform steps to the back yard and deck.Five years have passed, and the plant is finally beginning to spread a little. This year it sent up a short, second stalk. And, the flowers are more numerous, forming small clusters. The rude rudbeckia and brute baptisia have invaded the side yard garden, and are elbowing out the balloon flower and a few others that…
  • Daylilies And Shakespeare

    Swimray
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Annuals in the shadeIt's been about three years since I visited the Cutler Botanical Garden back in my hometown, Binghamton NY. My first visit saw a vegetable garden and a generous balance of perennials, annuals, and a few specimen trees. The second time, however, was different. Flood waters of the Chenango River had just receded, and any plants not washed away were encrusted with mud. It has recovered since then.Most botanical gardens, I believe, have a specialty or focus that distinguishes them from others and gives them a unique personality. I found something on my recent visit to Cutler…
  • Fibonocci Coneflowers

    Swimray
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Fibanocci patterns are found in the seeds of a sunflower head, and in the head of a coneflower. My sunflowers are not yet blooming, so come on and admire the coneflowers. OK, it's time for your math class. Leonardo Pisano Fibonocci was an 11th century mathematician who brought the Arabic numbers we use today to the merchant world to replace the cumbersome Roman numerals. He also pondered (mathematically speaking) the successive reproductive growth of rabbit populations. (Only a mathematician...) He applied an old Indian Hindu numbering sequence to develop a formula calculating the count over…
  • History of Annabelle Hydrangea

    Swimray
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Almost everyone has seen or has grown the Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). So, I wanted to present something interesting for my featured plant - something most people do not know -- like "who was Annabelle?"Obtained three years ago as a wee baby from the landscape architect friends, it was planted on the shady side of the back yard fence. I was filling in the areas along the fence. Having no plan or consideration, I take contributions of anything that grows. Normally my gardener's brain works backwards to most logical thinking: first get a plant, then find a place for it.Our story…
  • Cage Fightin' Strawberry

    Swimray
    31 May 2014 | 4:40 am
    I bought strawberries at the grocery store. They were, well, strawberries. I picked my second pair of strawberries from the garden this week. They were phenomenal.I scooped up the plant at our plant swap two years ago from a neighbor that was giving up on growing strawberries. "Too may critters and not enough rewards," was his answer. During the first year, the handful of berries produced went straight to bellies of squirrels, birds, and slugs, most while still an unripe white. The berries cropped up, off and on, throughout the year, although never as abundantly as in spring.This year, the…
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  • Leisurely Blue

    Swimray
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Balloon bud in the lower leftA friend offered a share of a balloon flower plant from her front garden. The balloon flower did not excite me much, but I needed filler material for the recently-created, clay-packed side yard garden along new platform steps to the back yard and deck.Five years have passed, and the plant is finally beginning to spread a little. This year it sent up a short, second stalk. And, the flowers are more numerous, forming small clusters. The rude rudbeckia and brute baptisia have invaded the side yard garden, and are elbowing out the balloon flower and a few others that…
  • Daylilies And Shakespeare

    Swimray
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Annuals in the shadeIt's been about three years since I visited the Cutler Botanical Garden back in my hometown, Binghamton NY. My first visit saw a vegetable garden and a generous balance of perennials, annuals, and a few specimen trees. The second time, however, was different. Flood waters of the Chenango River had just receded, and any plants not washed away were encrusted with mud. It has recovered since then.Most botanical gardens, I believe, have a specialty or focus that distinguishes them from others and gives them a unique personality. I found something on my recent visit to Cutler…
  • Fibonocci Coneflowers

    Swimray
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Fibanocci patterns are found in the seeds of a sunflower head, and in the head of a coneflower. My sunflowers are not yet blooming, so come on and admire the coneflowers. OK, it's time for your math class. Leonardo Pisano Fibonocci was an 11th century mathematician who brought the Arabic numbers we use today to the merchant world to replace the cumbersome Roman numerals. He also pondered (mathematically speaking) the successive reproductive growth of rabbit populations. (Only a mathematician...) He applied an old Indian Hindu numbering sequence to develop a formula calculating the count over…
  • History of Annabelle Hydrangea

    Swimray
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Almost everyone has seen or has grown the Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). So, I wanted to present something interesting for my featured plant - something most people do not know -- like "who was Annabelle?"Obtained three years ago as a wee baby from the landscape architect friends, it was planted on the shady side of the back yard fence. I was filling in the areas along the fence. Having no plan or consideration, I take contributions of anything that grows. Normally my gardener's brain works backwards to most logical thinking: first get a plant, then find a place for it.Our story…
  • Cage Fightin' Strawberry

    Swimray
    31 May 2014 | 4:40 am
    I bought strawberries at the grocery store. They were, well, strawberries. I picked my second pair of strawberries from the garden this week. They were phenomenal.I scooped up the plant at our plant swap two years ago from a neighbor that was giving up on growing strawberries. "Too may critters and not enough rewards," was his answer. During the first year, the handful of berries produced went straight to bellies of squirrels, birds, and slugs, most while still an unripe white. The berries cropped up, off and on, throughout the year, although never as abundantly as in spring.This year, the…
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    Garden Rant

  • Gardening Under The Affluence by Ivette Soler

    Ivette Soler
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
      Versailles, the fanciest garden of them all. Image courtesy Wikimedia commons I’m getting a little uncomfortable with something, and I’d like the Ranting World to let me know if I’m on point or totally off the mark. As I look through magazines and design blogs, I see fancy gardens everywhere. Industries are colluding to make us desire an outdoor lifestyle that is better than the indoor lifestyle of many! Is ornamental gardening an activity only for the wealthy, the retired, the leisure class? I have a sneaking suspicion that it very well may be. I design gardens in a…
  • Observations of the toured by Elizabeth Licata

    Elizabeth Licata
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    As many Rant readers must know by this time, in Buffalo we have a yearly free garden tour called Garden Walk. Started in 1995 by two urban gardeners who wanted to show how verdant city living could be, the walk has grown to include close to 400 gardens, and attracts visitors from all over the country—as well as nearby suburban dwellers who can only plant what deer won’t eat. (Or at least it seems that way.) Here’s what I most enjoy about taking part in the Walk: talking to visitors and finding out what impresses them, what doesn’t, where they’re from, how deep their gardening…
  • How to Grow Bluebirds by Susan Harris

    Susan Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Last Friday I rode shotgun through the Beltsville Ag Research Center in Marcia van Horn’s Ranger as she checked on some of her 175 nesting boxes for bluebirds and tree swallows, with the occasional chickadee, titmouse, wrens or nuthatches taking advantage of the accommodations. Nest boxes were first installed on the 6,700-acre property in the late ’70s by  Larry Zeleny, founder of the North American Bluebird Society.  (He’s also author of The Bluebird – How you Can Help its Fight for Survival.  His mission was to bring back cavity-dwelling nest birds, most of…
  • More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell by Allen Bush

    Allen Bush
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
      Robyn Brown, a Nashville buddy and talented gardener, told me last week that her garden is under siege by armadillos. I was all ears. The nine-banded armadillos are rooting around her garden like little armored feral pigs. These foreign invaders arrived in Western Kentucky over twenty years ago. There was road kill to prove it. They are edging their way to Louisville. I don’t like the sound of this J. Paul Moore, also of Nashville, posted recently on Facebook: “Armadillo (I am assuming) damage in my garden is about to end my gardening career!  They are tearing up my…
  • One size fits all? by Elizabeth Licata

    Elizabeth Licata
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Both images courtesy of Shutterstock (Image at right is St. Paul, not St. Cloud, closest I could get) What do St. Cloud, Minnesota and Westerly, Rhode Island have in common? Westerly is a seaside community in southern Rhode Island; St Cloud lies in central Minnesota and is bisected by the Mississippi river. Summers and winters are more moderate in Westerly; winter temperatures fall to greater depths in St. Cloud. There are other important differences, including one that gardeners need to know: St. Cloud is hardiness zone 4a and Westerly is 6a. There is one similarity between the two…
 
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  • Intriguing recent plant discoveries

    Graham Rice
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making the hour’s drive back and forth to my cardiac rehab three times a week, and often walking woodland trails on the other days, I’ve spotted some interesting plants along the way.A couple of years ago I wrote about a yellow-leaved form of common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, which I spotted growing by the side of the road and last week in a quiet area at the back of the radiology unit (yes, I was just poking around…)  I found a yellow-leaved plant of a different Asclepias species – A. tuberosa, butterfly weed. As you can see (left, click to enlarge) it looks very dramatic and…
  • A field full of Black-eyed Susans

    Graham Rice
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There I was, driving along counting all the European plants growing - and often looking very attractive - along the Pennsylvania roadside when in the distance I noticed a whole field of orange. In this part of the world it could only be one thing: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). And so it proved, a large field covered from edge to edge in R. hirta, with a scattering of fleabane (Erigeron annuus). This is in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a park ripe with alien plants as well as natives and also very rich in bird life. But acres and acres of rudbeckia? It didn’t look…
  • Book Review: Where Do Camels Belong? by Ken Thompson

    Graham Rice
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    In Britain, this invaluable book is subtitled The Story and Science of Invasive Species; in North America, the more provocative subtitle is Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad. Both are appropriate; look dispassionately at the science and it’s clear that invasive species are not all bad.So often, discussions of the whole issue of natives and non-natives (plants, animals, insects and the rest) are run through with the repetition of bold assertions, unproven by science, that it’s a relief to find a book in which the whole issue is viewed more calmly, in a broad context, considered over…
  • $20 makes for a pricy perennial

    Graham Rice
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    I’d read about xHeucherella ‘Copper Cascade’ and it sounded wonderful. A small-leaved trailer or ground cover with rosy coppery gold leaves all the year round. It seemed ideal to cover the bare soil around the edge of one of our dark-leaved Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Mindia’ – known as Coppertina in North America and as Diable d’Or in Europe – with its amber shoot tips.So when I spotted a ‘Copper Cascade’ in a nursery on my way back from cardiac rehab a few weeks back – I immediately put it in the cart. But I should have looked more carefully. OK, it was in an 8in pot, but…
  • Book Review: Coffee For Roses by C. L. Fornari

    Graham Rice
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Gardeners often pay more attention to what they hear over the garden fence than to science. Of course, friends and neighbors often provide good advice but sometimes they’re way off the mark. In this “let’s get it straight” book, Cape Cod garden guru C. L. Fornari not only debunks many of the myths of gardening but details why they’re myths and then explains how we should be looking after our plants once we’ve thrown out the old wives’ tales. Let’s look at a few examples.For sweeter tomatoes, water with sugarwater? No. C. L. explains that watered-on sugar is not even taken up…
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  • Win a Trapstik for Wasps in July 2014 Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest

    WashingtonGardener
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For our July 2014 Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest, Washington Gardener is giving away a Trapstik for Wasps (Retail value: $20.) “TrapStik® works by luring wasps to a sticky surface using the three dimensional pattern and color combination they find most attractive,” explains Rod Schneidmiller, president and founder of Sterling International, the manufacturer of RESCUE!® products. The TrapStik® for Wasps uses this new 3D technology to catch queen wasps in spring before they have time to build nests. It keeps working from summer through fall to catch aggressive worker wasps.
  • Fenton Friday: Fall Already?!

    WashingtonGardener
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    kale seedlingsIt is only one month into summer, but this week at my plot in the Fenton Community Garden autumn has already started to makes its presence felt. First, the weather has continued to be unseasonably cool with low humidity (no complaints here!) and second, several seedlings popped up from the Kale I let go to seed earlier in the season. That means, it is probably about time for me to start thinking about what fall crops I want to grow and to begin them soon.Thanks to the cool summer, I still have lots of gorgeous carrots in the ground. I pick one or two per day to add to my dinner…
  • Video Wednesday: Horticulture at the Virginia Zoo

    WashingtonGardener
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Horticulture at the Virginia Zoo from plantPOP on Vimeo.Friend of Washington Gardener Magazine, Marie Mims Butler, did a great job on the Zoo Horticulture video. The plantings are lovely and by necessity very tough. I love Marie's quote, "If the zoo can do it, YOU can do it!" And you thought visiting the zoo was just to see the animals.
  • Washington Gardener Magazine's Tomato Taste at Market is Back by Popular Demand!

    WashingtonGardener
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Washington Gardener Magazine's7th Annual Tomato Tasting at the Silver Spring FreshFarm MarketIt’s ‘Big Boy’ vs. ‘Mortgage Lifter,’ hybrid vs. heirloom, the tomato wars have just begun. Everyone is sure that their tomato pick is the tastiest. Join Washington Gardener Magazine at the FreshFarm Market in downtown Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday, August 23 from 10am-12noon for a Tomato Tasting. Best of all, this event is FREE!Farmers at the market will contribute their locally grown selections — from super-sweet ‘Sungold’ to not-so-pretty ‘Cherokee Purple’ — and…
  • Venting Over Leaf Blowers ~ Washington Gardener Enews ~ July 2014 issue

    WashingtonGardener
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
     The Washington Gardener Enews ~ July 2014 issue is now out. It was emailed as a PDF to all Washington Gardener Magazine current subscribers. It is also posted and archived online at:  http://issuu.com/washingtongardener/docs/wgenews-july14 Inside This Enews Issue:• Free Soil Test for DC Residents• Back Issue Sale• July-August To-Do List• Magazine Excerpt: Hosting Honey Bees in Your Garden• Latest Blog Links• Local Garden Events Listings • Venting Over Leaf Blowers• New ‘Sweet Sunset’ Pepper• Reader Contest to Win a TrapStik for WaspsSubscribe to…
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    A Tidewater Gardener

  • Seventh Annual Citywide Bloom Day

    Les
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
         Typing this, I realize just how long it's been since my last post - exactly one month ago for June's Bloom Day. Ironically, my job affords me more free time than I have known in my adult life, yet, I seem to have so little of it. Evenings find me satisfactorily wrung out from work, and the heat. Weekends find me adventuring, usually on my bike or in the kayak, as I feel a need to take
  • Bloom Day - Feeling Blessed

    Les
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:16 pm
         The weather gods have been smiling on us as of late. We have had abundant rainfall interspersed with beautiful crystal clear days. It has been especially nice on the weekends, and I have been torn between gardening and adventures. Adventures have usually won out, so it was good that today was Bloom Day, it got me into the garden to see what was what. You can hover over the pictures for the
  • Lessons Learned from Lupines

    Les
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:52 am
         I first fell in love with lupines on a trip to Maine, where the plants seemed to be growing without effort. I think what attracts me is their stature, and the upright drama they add to the garden. For the same reasons I am similarly attracted to other tall flowers, such as Digitalis, hollyhocks, and Verbasum. But for me there is something else about lupines that I can't quite put my finger
  • Yorktown Onion

    Les
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
         This past Sunday on the way back from kayaking, I impulsively took the Colonial Parkway home. Nearing Yorktown I quickly pulled to the side of the road when I recognized blooming fields of Yorktown onions (Allium ampeloprasum). This Eurasian native (known to the rest of the world as wild leek) made its way to England eons ago and then made its way to Yorktown during the Colonial era. It
  • Rubber Duck

    Les
    17 May 2014 | 4:33 pm
         The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk has just reopened after an 18 month top to bottom renovation and expansion. To celebrate, Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck is temporarily floating in The Hague just outside the museum entrance.
 
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  • Wildflower Wednesday: In Praise of a Rather Tall Wildflower!

    Gail
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Silphium perfoliatum is one tall wildflower! Some would say that this beauty is a beast of a plant and I might have agreed several years ago when it stood 9 feet tall and 3 foot wide in my little sunny Susan's Bed! I've since learned to cut it back at the same time I clip the ex-asters. I suggest you do the same, because banning this beauty from your garden because it's tall and colonizing would be a shame.You just can't beat the composite flowers when it comes to wildlife value, but, there's something especially wonderful about Cup Plant. Once the flowers open the pollinators descend upon…
  • The Phlox is Blooming

    Gail
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    ....and I couldn't be happier!It's blooming in most gardens in Nashville, but I was worried that there would be no phlox in my summer garden. This past spring I discovered that Phlox Bug had infected my plants. Long time readers know that I go to great lengths to insure that that horrid life sucking bug never gets another toe hold in my garden...But, it did.It's my practice to let the garden go to seed and stand all winter. (A Garden Cleanup Reminder) The seed heads and stalks of native plants provide winter interest and hiding places for  the critters who live and visit my garden. But,…
  • Wildflower Wednesday: A Mint You and the Pollinators Will Love

    Gail
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Clustered Mountain Mint smells delicious when you brush against it and I always make a point of doing just that when I pass it in the garden. But, what generally grabs one's attention are the showy silver bracts that highlight the dense clusters of small pink spotted flowers from summer to early fall. fly visiting for nectarThe flowers of Pycnanthemum muticum might be small, but they are mighty! The researchers at Penn State's The Pollinator Trial  found that Clustered Mountain Mint was the best plant for flowering longevity; for pollinator visitor diversity; for sheer number of insect…
  • Dear Nursery Owners and Nursery Managers, We Need To know....

    Gail
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    If the plants you sell are safe for bees. Native bees, monarch butterflies and a host of other pollinators are in peril from habitat fragmentation and loss, the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides and herbicides (by the agriculture/horticulture industry and home owners) and the introduction of non-native species are known causes of both wide-scale losses in biological diversity and pollinator declines.(More about neonicotinoids Everywhere you turn people are talking about pollinators post.)Gardeners are already working hard to help pollinators!We're planting smarter.We love beautiful…
  • Hypericum Bursting it's Bloom

    Gail
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
    In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ~Aldo LeopoldHave a wonderful day.xoxogailGail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission. Subscribe in a reader
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    Dirt Therapy

  • Read any good gardening books lately?

    Phillip Oliver
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    I usually read gardening books in the winter time. They tend to recharge my enthusiasm during the "down time" from the gardening season and get me excited for the coming spring. This year has been an exception and I have been reading quite a few books lately. For one thing, gardening books seem to be coming back on the scene after a long dull period. Back in the 1990s, the publishing market was over-saturated with books on the subject and it has taken some time to reignite that interest. Since I am a librarian, I keep up with the trade publications (like "Publisher's Weekly" and "Library…
  • More lilies

    Phillip Oliver
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    The lilies are spectacular this year (with the exception of those annoying white flies that leave the powdery residue)."Caravan" - 7 feet tall and gorgeous color  "Scheherazade" - another 7 feet tall lily with loads of blooms Tiger LilyText and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy
  • Lily "Stargazer"

    Phillip Oliver
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    "Stargazer" lily - one of the best. This lily always blooms faithfully and it is mostly in shade. I used to grow it in a pot but transplanted it years ago to the ground. It now grows in our little vegetable garden.Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy
  • Our house is for sale

    Phillip Oliver
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our house is for sale!We have lived in this house for 22 years. The house was built in 1924 and we were only the fourth owners. It is a wonderful sound house with lots of character and you all know what the gardens are like! We have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the house and garden and it will be difficult to give it up but it is time to move onto the next phase of our lives.Our house is located close to downtown - only a few blocks from downtown actually - and 7 blocks from the UNA campus. Despite being so close to town (just one block off of Dr. Hicks Blvd.), this is a very…
  • The Simpson/McKitrick garden - another spectacular Huntsville garden

    Phillip Oliver
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Following the Huntsville Garden Tour (see the previous post), we were invited to see the garden of Tom Simpson and Dan McKitrick who lived just a few blocks away. Wow, I'm glad we saw it. This garden was completely different from the tour gardens. This garden had more sun and much more color. It was small too but jam-packed with plants. The word that came to mind as I walked through it was "electric". There was so much vibrant color from both plants and decorative objects. This was obviously a garden belonging to an obsessed gardener!The garden filled the entire property, the front, side and…
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  • Contemplating fall

    Lisa
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It's just the end of July, and I'm harvesting lots of tomatoes, and hoping for a few squash and more eggplants, but I'm thinking about fall, too.  The woodchuck has made inroads on the bean vines, so maybe I'll still get a few (from admittedly very late planted vines), before the end of warm weather, late here in the Carolinas.I'm picking out a variety of arugula seeds to plant - from Rustica to MyWay to the wild type, as well as all of the other fall greens, too.  Some delicious arugula on the catered sandwiches during the Garden Bloggers Fling had me searching for that specific…
  • Slugs, woodchucks, and other gardening conundrums

    Lisa
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A brazen woodchuck went across the front of the house this afternoon, undoubtedly heading toward the beans, as I was reading on the couch (looking out).  Woody, our Golden is totally uninterested, of course, but I managed to rouse my gardening companion to help chase the woodchuck back into the forested ravine behind our house.I'm annoyed at the herbivory (that this one) has done on my beans this summer.  While we were away, there's definite evidence of leaves and vines snipped (only the beans, at the point -- parsley and greens were earlier in the summer).These are raised beds in…
  • Nocturnal symphony

    Lisa
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Coming upstairs to the main floor just now, I was surrounded by the nocturnal symphony, of field crickets and other night-singers.It's loud, and in full swing now.A new neighbor, across the street, was marveling last night about her first sighting of fireflies when she came east.  Add to that the night songs, and we have everyday magic.Bumblebees and other flower visitors are coming to the Liatris and Echinacea that are in flower now, and hummingbirds are visiting the jewelweed (Impatiens) that's just starting to flower.Nice to be home in the Carolinas (in the mountains).
  • Gardens, nurseries and pollinators

    Lisa
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    As a gardener who favors native plants, pollinator-friendly plants, and generally "plants that work for a living," I always enjoy visiting gardens that support flower visitors, whether they're cottage gardens full of nectar- and pollen- rich plants from wherever, or native meadow gardens.I loved visiting Chickadee Gardens, Scott's garden, and Joy Creek Nursery, especially because of the abundance of flower visitors.  I took lots of photos in each of these places - here are just a few.bumblebee on Dahliabee on Eryngium of some kindJoy Creek nursery viewhoneybee on Agastachebumblebee…
  • Exploring the Columbia River Gorge

    Lisa
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I loved these photos that my gardening companion took, while on one of the wonderful waterfall hikes along the Columbia Gorge and then at Trillium Lake, in the Mt. Hood National Forest.Visiting a waterfall in the Columbia River GorgeMay we all enjoy these great places for many seasons to come!Checking out the wildflowers on the dam at Trillium LakeThis one was at Trillium Lake, on the flanks on Mt. Hood.
 
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    Outside Clyde

  • There Is A Pumpkin

    Christopher C. NC
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    In my third attempt at pumpkin growing one has finally set. It's already cantaloupe size and slowly enlarging. This is the Red Warty Thing from Botanical Interests, some of the seed swag from Asheville Fling 2012. There are even four other smaller potential pumpkins that look like they have been pollinated and are ready to go. After two failed attempts is it possible I could end up with a bunch
  • It's In There

    Christopher C. NC
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    There is a very productive vegetable garden in there. I swear. The wild flower surround just has a bad habit of stepping inside the bounds. Then I am not ruthless enough to yank a perfectly good wild flower. Maybe I'll get around to transplanting them. Maybe I'll collect the mature seed for flinging. Maybe. There are vegetables in there with all those flowers. I swear.
  • In West Asheville

    Christopher C. NC
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Preparing for the upcoming West Asheville Garden Stroll on Saturday, September 13th.
  • Like This

    Christopher C. NC
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I went to work with the truck loaded like this And came back home with two Aralia racemosa in a sack Which is how I end up with a garden that looks like this And is filled with all kinds of things like this There is
  • Summer Bloom In The Sunny Utility Meadow

    Christopher C. NC
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
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    Growing The Home Garden

  • Growing for a Farmers Market Part 2

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    When growing products for a farmers market you have to keep your eye on what sells. In my last post I mentioned a few of the products that sell well at our local farmers market. Today here are a few more good selling products that you may want to consider selling at your local farmers market!Baked goods and other ready to eat items are very popular at farmers markets. Many people today are looking for gluten free options but often shoppers at farmers markets are more than happy to bring home fresh baked bread for dinner. Our market has a mixture of baked goods including breads, sweets, and…
  • Growing for a Farmers Market

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    For 3 years now (it's hard to believe it's been that long!) I've been selling plants at a local farmers market while also helping to manage the market's logistical operations and online presence (Social Media and Webpage). Over that time I've observed quite a few different merchants with a variety of products at a farmers market and what kind of vendors are successful. Many of these products are homegrown items that anyone can grow with a little bit of garden space. Keep in mind though that the best of products will not sell without a little effort!Of all the types of products I've seen the…
  • Botanical Pictures from a Zoo (Columbus)

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Last week our family went for a vacation. The primary goal of this vacation was to let our oldest daughter see her favorite animal (the cheetah) in person. My wife did some research into various zoos and my mom suggested the Columbus Zoo in Ohio based on a Jack Hanna segment she saw on TV. We ended up scheduling two days at the zoo and one day at a related safari style park called The Wilds. The zoo was fantastic. We only planned for 2 days at the zoo itself but probably could have spent an additional 2 days wandering around. The Columbus zoo even has water park available with rides. The…
  • Converting a Cabinet for a Garden and Garage Workspace

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Recently my mom had her bathroom remodeled. In the process she replaced on of her bathroom vanities and I thought that it might make a good workstation for my many DIY and Garden projects. I'm very pleased with the result which now will provide a clean solid work top, cabinet space, a pegboard area for tools, and best of all it is mobile! I purchased my materials for this cabinet renovation at Lowe's in association with the Creative Ideas program.MaterialsOutdoor Paint (can be adjusted to match any color you wish)Cabbot Premium Wood Stain and SealerScrews and WashersWood Glue1 - 8 ft. piece…
  • Summer Gardening Tips (Pests, Propagation, and Planning)

    28 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    Summer is in full gear. Which means there is a lot to do in the garden, there always is isn't there? The tomatoes and peppers are beginning to produce and in a couple short weeks should be ready to pick. Here are a few summer gardening tips to help you in your garden.Watch for PestsAlways be vigilant in the garden. Pests can appear at any time, some of which will decimate a crop in a few short hours if you aren't observant. Squash vine borers are out. I found one yesterday on a zucchini. The eggs are laid at the base of the plant and when they hatch the larvae burrow into the stem and eat…
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    Sharing Nature's Garden

  • A gardener's wish list of styles, all in one Portland garden

    Diana
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last month's Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland offered something for everyone.  There were many different gardens, ranging from cottage style to tropical.The Old Germantown Gardens found its way onto my favorites list because it was one-stop shopping.  (Well, not literally shopping, though we did a lot of that on the Fling, too. ) Winding paths, perennial beds, a rock garden, ponds, a dry hillside garden, tropical plants and a collection of seating areas were scattered about the 2-acre property. A mere 23 years in the making, the gardeners brought the design and their plant…
  • Hot art and design spice up Portland De Sousa Fling garden

    Diana
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Full to the brim with ideas and a mile-long wish list of plants that I know I can't grow here, I'm reacclimating to Austin and my own garden after 6 glorious days in Portland, OR.My seventh Garden Bloggers Fling beckoned last weekend - with an agenda full of great friends, gardens, nurseries, and gift shops.  The whirlwind started early and ended late and wowed me all day long every day.  Because there were so many gardens in every imaginable style - I just closed my eyes today and blindly picked one to begin my posting.The JJ De Sousa garden was one of my favorites.  Hot…
  • Beautiful Austin gardens on Wildflower Center tour inspire with details and structure...

    Diana
    13 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    One of my annual Mother's Day treats -- the day before Mother's Day -- is to spend the day on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's annual garden tour with my garden blogging friends.  This year's tour included exceptional gardens that were previously featured during past tours.  Since I had previously seen three of the gardens,  it was a great opportunity to see how they had evolved over time.  Our first stop was an early invite to catch the morning sun in Tait Moring's garden before the crowds arrived.  Situated on a hilltop with an amazing canyon view, this…
  • Time for garden container planting...

    Diana
    5 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    New soil, mulch and plants in last week's post means it's time to move on to the other things on my garden to-do list.  At the top of the list?  Pots.Every year, I vow not to plant so many pots.  The heat makes taking care of them unbelievably time consuming.  But they add so much to our patio space. So this year, I've thrown caution to the wind and actually gone out searching for more large pots to buy.  Crazy, I know.In the meantime, this is what my patio looks like -- a war zone! More pots!  Untersetzers.  This is one of several words that I…
  • Spring garden spruce up...

    Diana
    3 May 2014 | 8:04 pm
    While the weather was cold and before it was planting season, I started a project at my house to add a chopped limestone edge and an Oklahoma flagstone cap to the beds along the front walk.  It turned out great and I was very happy with the result.But then the nice weather came, and with it, clients.  Clients who wanted designs and hardscaping and landscaping and the items left unfinished on my project remained unfinished.  Until this week.An unexpected opening for the crew found them at my house with 4-1/2 yards of great soil - Thunder Garden Soil from  Geo Growers. …
 
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    Kiss my Aster!

  • When the @#$% Hits the Fan: Gardening, Condensed

    Kiss My Aster!
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    We have only lived in this house for a little over 2 years. As ambitious as I am about the landscaping, I understand that living someplace for 2 years with a 3 year old, mathematically, is like living here for less than 1 year.I just can't get things done the way I used to, I could crank it out before baby. When we moved in here, I made a 5 year plan and I've been sticking to it. It's a large and wily property. I don't seek to remove all it's wildness, but it was a little neglected for a few years and I seek to reclaim a little order.Well, the 5 year plan has just gone down the…
  • Weeding JACKPOT: Another One Hour Patio!

    Kiss My Aster!
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Chicago weather has been perfect for weed growth and ice cream. It rains every day. It's so steamy outside that our windows are covered with condensation in the morning. It's New Orleans without the rum and beignets and gumbo and charm.So, I promised myself that once we got a cool day, I'd go out and do some really aggressive weeding. And so I did... but I didn't expect to hit the jackpot.I made a copper teepee here last year but it kept falling over.  This is an area I kept better control of last year, if only because we had less rain. I've been meaning to get out there for…
  • Cluster Luck: A little somethin' in the Earth's darkest kitchen

    Kiss My Aster!
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A David Austen 'Munstead Wood' rose with a snippet of Borage, Rue and  'Dark Towers' Penstemon in a vintage, thrifted vase covered with sea shells, glitter and whoknowswhatelseDark hole of a kitchen
  • The Mannequin: In Case You Were Wondering

    Kiss My Aster!
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:50 am
    I think it would come as a shock to many if I said that, occasionally, I put a lot of thought into my hare-brained ideas.Let me start with this video:How did you do? Uh huh. I thought so.Well, I don't need to ask you to pay attention to the lady wearing white in my garden. She asks ALLLLLLLLLL by herself.She quietly speaks SO LOUDLY that you don't even notice the giant dead patch in the Arborvitae behind her.See it now???When we moved in, there was a giant plastic trellis with a trumpet vine growing on it that was placed a little too close to the line of Arborvitae. It's not that I don't love…
  • The Best Laid Plans: Begging My Hollyhocks to Think of Baseball

    Kiss My Aster!
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I had this plan for a corner of my garden and that got all blown to shittereens thanks to a freaky freezy spring and dang-blasted polar vortex. The PLAN was to have a large 'Black Lace' Elderberry in the back, peeping through some black Hollyhocks, with a thick fog of bronze fennel and an arching, silvery Echinops ritro setting all that schizz off. WELL. The freaking Sambucus got nipped by the cold in the second freaking week of freaking MAY. The top was nipped by frost so instead of growing tall, she's now growing WIDE. And while I sympathize with that specific problem, IT WAS NOT IN MY…
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    Our Little Acre

  • Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio (NGLCO) Field Day

    Kylee Baumle
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    About this time last summer, I was preparing for one of my various garden-related trips that I take during the year. This particular trip was to a part of northeast Ohio that I've visited a few times before, but it had been awhile and the focus was a little different on previous trips. I'd been invited by Maria Zampini to attend NGLCO's Field Day, held on August 13th at Holden Arboretum.Field Day is a horticultural trade show held each year by the Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio, to showcase the numerous businesses concentrated in that part of Ohio.  Lake County is unique in that…
  • Dig This! We're Doing a Shovel Giveaway!

    Kylee Baumle
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I talked about our new shovels, sent to me by Ames Tools to try out.  I loved them both and now Ames is letting me give one away to a lucky reader! You can read my thoughts on the two shovels here, but let's take a quick look at the facts:Ames Long Wood Handle Round Point Shovel - Tempered steel blade for years of service - Suitable for digging, planting, cutting sod and small roots - Comfort step for secure foot placement - North American ash handle for strength and durability - 10-inch cushion grip for comfort and control - 15-year…
  • Wordless Wednesday: All Hail the Queen!

    Kylee Baumle
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota var. carota Zones 3-9Full Sun to Part Shade24-36" tallBiennial Can cause dermatitis from handlingNoxious weed in some states, including Ohio 
  • A Case of Mistaken Identity: Who's to Blame?

    Kylee Baumle
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It can happen to anyone. You buy a plant, thinking you're getting one thing, only to find out later it wasn't what you thought it was.  Sometimes it's the bloom color that's a dead giveaway, and sometimes it's something else. I shop in all different places for my plants - Lowe's, Meijer, local and non-local IGCs, Walmart, and mail order nurseries. I've had this happen at least once with every one of them.The latest incident happened just today. I stopped at Lowe's on my way home from babysitting for our adorable grandson, Anthony, to pick up a roll of landscape fabric.  We're…
  • Something Old, Something New, Shovels For Me, A Review For You

    Kylee Baumle
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    We've had this shovel for nearly 40 years.When my husband and I first were married, we started accumulating things that one needs when setting up a proper household. A key to the front door.  A large garbage can.  A shovel.  The shovel wasn't on my list of necessary things, because my husband was the gardener of the family back then.As is the case with many couples starting out, not everything you get is brand new. Family members are happy to hand down those things that they have to spare, and our first shovel came from my parents. (I think. It's hard to remember details that…
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    Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden

  • 5 Reasons Why We Go to Maker Faire

    20 Minute Jan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Sunday afternoon found us in a bright and bustling lot adjacent to the Henry Ford admiring home-made props, learning about alternative energy and currency, throwing darts, betting on wooden derby cars, and conversing with makers from across the country. The 5th Maker Faire Detroit welcomed thousands of people to a place filled with imagination and […] The post 5 Reasons Why We Go to Maker Faire appeared first on Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden. Related posts: 9 Things I Learned/Relearned at the 2013 Detroit Maker Faire Jim and I attended the Detroit Maker Faire at The... Cool Patch! My…
  • The Power of a Second Chance: The Valedictory Speech I Didn’t Give

    20 Minute Jan
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:01 pm
    For the last couple of years, I’ve worked in an alternative education high school program. It doesn’t matter which one really; these types of programs exist all over. Ours is part of the public school system, and it’s designed to give the students who need and want it one last chance to finish high school […] The post The Power of a Second Chance: The Valedictory Speech I Didn’t Give appeared first on Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden. Related posts: Gifts to Give to the Gardener… or Give Yourself Around this time last year, I wrote a couple of... Thoughts on Earth Day: 6…
  • Daffodils to celebrate Spring

    20 Minute Jan
    25 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    After one of the longest, hardest winters ever, signs of spring are especially welcome. Nothing says “spring” quite like daffodils popping up in the garden. Their bright yellow or white and orange heads are a cheery contrast to the just-waking-up surroundings. We naturalized daffodil bulbs into the lawn a few years back. This year, a […] The post Daffodils to celebrate Spring appeared first on Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden. Related posts: Naturalizing Daffodils=Surprises in My Lawn Are you: • running low on gardening space? • looking... Whither Spring? “The…
  • Transplanting Strawberries: How to help them thrive!

    20 Minute Jan
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    When the school program where I work was preparing to move to a new building, I heard about the abandoned garden in the schoolyard– and the strawberries. Another teacher expressed dismay that the strawberries would be left behind, that is, if they had survived. Since I was returning to the building another day, I brought […] The post Transplanting Strawberries: How to help them thrive! appeared first on Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden. Related posts: Transplanting Rhubarb ...a clump of rhubarb plants from our kitchen garden in... Naturalizing Daffodils=Surprises in My Lawn Are…
  • Gardening as Protest: Activists Planted Tulips in Potholes in the Ukraine

    Jardinier
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Reports from around the internet say that activists in the Ukraine launched a unique protest on the terrible condition of roads. Unknown protesters planted tulips and other flowers in potholes along major streets. I haven’t been able to track down the original source for this report. I note that our roads are pretty terrible too […] The post Gardening as Protest: Activists Planted Tulips in Potholes in the Ukraine appeared first on Our Twenty Minute Kitchen Garden. Related posts: Take a Class or Workshop to Learn More about Gardening In the life of a gardener, winter is the…
 
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    The Gardens of Petersonville

  • Gardening is Hard

    Sheila
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    The other day I ran into an acquaintance who asked me if I was still gardening. I was rather caught off guard by her question. I have never thought that I would someday not garden. I'm not saying that it is like eating or breathing, I'm sure that I would still exist if I did not garden, but if given the choice to do it or not, I would always choose to do it, at least in some form or another. My friend had said that she had quit gardening because it was just too hard and time consuming and she had moved to a condo where she didn't have to worry about the yard. Before that she had a beautiful…
  • Summer Fennel Flowers

    Sheila
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This morning I found lots of things wrong in the gardens to take pictures of that will make good subjects for future posts, but today I'm just going to focus on one thing that is doing really well. My bronze fennel is lovely! I don't like the taste of fennel and don't ever harvest it. I don't really know why I planted it years ago back here when I put a vegetable garden in before I gave up and turned this area back over to the rabbits that rule the domain. Obviously the varmints feel the same way I do about fennel and so it lives on untouched, year after year. It is now about six feet tall…
  • Always Another Aeonium

    Sheila
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    There seems to be a distinctive trend around this place that whenever nothing else works, throw in an aeonium. I'm sure I was the one that started this trend by showing my garden helper how easy it was to propagate them by simply breaking off the rosettes and sticking them in the ground. I first tried them planted as a groundcover in the front where the rabbits ate everything I tried and sure enough they left them alone. As they filled in they started to look good and so they became the go-to filler for lots of other spots that nothing else seemed to work. Although they prefer sunny spots and…
  • The Front Lawn

    Sheila
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Because of our drought I do feel a bit of anguish over the front lawn most of the year and it is looking very shabby this summer due to reduced watering, but there are some things that you just need a grassy area for, and playing barefoot baseball with your cousins is one of them. We have our older grandkids stay with us during the summer and whenever they get rambunctious in the house the standing order is "out in the front yard with that!" They spend hours hitting the ball, running bases, planning schemes, collecting treasures, searching for eatables, watching butterflies, making up games,…
  • Summer Show Offs

    Sheila
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last February I was complaining about these narrow little planters and how bare they looked in the winter along side of the weeping cedar. I think I vowed to plant something other than the 'Black and Blue ' salvia that has been there for the past few years and only looks good during the summer months. But as I look at it now, it really does look quite lovely, and since I never did get around to replacing it, I guess it will stay for another year! I do love the combination of the bright green foliage against the dark purple flowers and it is hard to get a color combination that doesn't clash…
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    Skippy's Vegetable Garden

  • today's harvest

    kathy
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Summer is outdoing herself. With all this rain and warmth, my gardens are producing so much food. Today I harvested my shallots. Also, about half of my onions. I picked a row of beans. The cucumbers are producing more than I can believe, and the summer squashes are out of control. I only picked the big squashes quickly tonight, but will pick the rest tomorrow. Looks like I'll donate a big bag of squash to REACH. I put up 7 jars of pickles tonight.
  • garden bugs!

    kathy
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    All of these are beneficial bugs. Great pollinators. Ooops, wait a minute. I just looked up that pretty grasshopper. I read that grasshoppers are terribly destructive pests in vegetable gardens. He's on my basil. Maybe THAT'S who's been eating my basil. I've added slug pellets and they are not slowing the damage. I am reading there's not much you can do about grasshoppers as they are so mobile. BIRDS! come here, birds... PS. BugGuide says the pretty grasshopper is a Scudderia. They are herbivores, but don't usually eat too much. Sounds like I shouldn't blame him.
  • pickles

    kathy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I processed a dozen of my cucumbers (45 harvested in the past couple days!). I made deli half sour pickles using this recipe: Half sour pickles deli style. A little modification, I substituted coriander seed for black pepper since my husband is allergic to pepper. They'll be ready to start eating in 3 days.
  • today's harvest

    kathy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
  • today's harvest

    kathy
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I harvested a big bunch of dill for making pickles. I'm going to try this recipe: Blue Ribbon Dill Pickles. Or I might try this one: Bobby Flay Dill Pickles. Then again, maybe I'll do both as the first is for making lots of pickles to can, and the second is for a few fresh pickles. Yum, they sound good! I haven't made pickles in very many years. I could use any advice. I have so many cucumbers this year, I'm sure I'll need to put up more. This is the second half of my garlic harvest. Gardeners seem surprised I harvested it so early, but it was ready. (The bottom three pairs of leaves are…
 
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    Bananas.org

  • Pull the pup or not ?

    jeffaroo
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I was given a Banana tree 3 years ago. I wasn't informed back then about pulling a pup from the mother plant. So now I have a big trilogy of a plant. Now im wondering if I should rock the boat, or leave it alone. should I split the plant into thirds ??? break them apart in 30 day incriments ??? What are your thoughts ???
  • Weed Control

    jeffaroo
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I recently moved and wiped out my whole backyard with weed killer. Im starting to plant my bananas and design my layout. As ive been caring for my bananas ive had a problem with weeds invading the areas that I water heavy. My question for you is what do you use for weed control ? give me some ideas, and any pre emergents that work well with bananas ? Any help is greatly appreciated :bananas_b
  • Post-harvest characteristics - FHIA - Taste Report

    PR-Giants
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Post-harvest characteristics of black Sigatoka resistant banana, cooking banana and plantain hybrids
  • Not bananas, but citrus

    kentiopsis
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Found this site (Citrus Pages / Lemons) yesterday while researching a lemon called Colla Giant that David Fairchild found on Corfu. If anything knows anything about this variety, I'd like to hear about it. It was distributed in the US, but could be hiding under a different name by now. Fruit can weigh 2lb, according to Fairchild. This website features many other citrus, and I thought that lots of banana people would also be interested in it.
  • New to Site

    Garden Guy
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Hello all I have recently gotten the "Banana" growing bug and wish to try growing 2 varieties from seed. Musella lasiocarpa and Musa Sikkimensis...... any advice on getting them to sprout? I am in Nova Scotia, zone 6.
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    High Altitude Gardening

  • Outrageously Orange

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    My 'bottle rockets' are happily celebrating the 4th of July.I've always had a mad crush on the color orange. Can't, for the life of me, figure out why it's considered the 'color of insanity.' Unless the folks who tell ME that are they trying to say that I'm...?So, whaddyathink? Do you love orange? Do you hate it?However you feel about orange, I'm sure you'll agree on one thing. Orange simply cannot be ignored.I purchased a gorgeous orange dress one time. Back when I was skinny so I could wear pretty much anything. Except, maybe, that. Whenever I wore it, people would ask me if I was feeling…
  • The Apocalyse? And Perrennial Veggies

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    * Most vegetables are annuals and need to be re-planted every growing season. Scroll to the bottom of this post to view a list of veggies that come back year, after year. What a lucky shot. A wee bee cruises in for a landing, just as I'm zooming in on the flowers. Do you have an emergency preparedness plan? You know... like when the Zombie Apocalypse happens or something more boring... such as an earthquake?There are ~ at least ~ 500 of these hot pink Knautia blooms, atop 3 foot stems, waving in the breeze. They're re-seeding themselves throughout the garden. (And, that's fine by me.)I…
  • Savor the Summit

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Grande Table...One, extra long, dining table stretching the length of Park City's Main Street..It's called Savor the Summit and it is soooooo much fun!The weather was fabulous (shock o' the world) and we got to enjoy the best our local restaurants have to offer... on a perfect evening beneath a blanket of stars...
  • Provincetown

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:56 pm
    An ice storm. In June. Soooo crazy.Dark clouds hang heavy over the mountains. A deep, drenching rain nourishes the garden.Tough little Lupines.I flip on the furnace (in June?) and say a little prayer for the heirloom veggies I can't save. I can save quite a few, since I grow most of them in containers. Those I hauled indoors during this odd bout of winter weather.Our beach cottage in Cape CodWanna be a mountain gardener? First rule of thumb: optimists need not apply.Cool garden gate, discovered on my travels.No matter how warm and wonderful the weather... Mother Nature schedules one freaky…
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day ~ May, 2014

    16 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alyssum Basket of Gold Missed it. Again. Bloom Day, that is. Held every month on the 15th. But, I'm only off by a day so... Let's take a walk through my chilly garden.Happy Daffs & Bleeding HeartsI'm surprised. And, also impressed. The way these flowers roll with the punches.We've had a tough spring. Cold, wet, misery.For example, 3 days ago a hard freeze in the 20's. Today, the forecast is for 80 degrees. A crazy yin yang between winter and summer. Yet, they keep on flowering. Gotta love it.Meadow PhloxBuckets of Baby Hyacinth A lawn in desperate need of mowing + two pretty doves.Golden…
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    Ewa in the Garden

  • 17 Excellent Uses of Lavender

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    We are in love with lavender scent and taste. Sweet, floral, with slight citrus undertone. I have decided first to make and then to share with you today the list of lavender uses – try them. Some might be really surprising, like the absolutely delicious apricot lavender confiture. Usually I make more of them and have unique gifts for friends. Gift especially appreciated in winter time.   Don’t
  • 17 Photos of Provençal Garden designed by Ewa Szulc

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Let me present you today the garden I have made in 2012, this is how it looks today. The owners wanted Provençal style for the garden, which complements beautifully the interior. Client is still happy :) Enjoy! If you don’t want to miss my next posts subscribe to Ewa in the Garden by Email and don’t forget to click the confirmation link you
  • Celebrate Nature’s Larder at The Wildlife Garden RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 8-13 July 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    ‘The Jordan Wildlife Garden’ has been created by award winning garden designer, Selina Botham. With a colourful variety of features from edible wild flowers, trees and hedges to oats, fruit and nuts – all of which can be foraged from the countryside – the garden provides a natural 'larder' to share as a shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Its unveiling celebrates the belief that great
  • 25 Photos of Organic Vegetable Garden in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Today I’d love to share with you 25 photos taken in the vegetable organic garden located in picturesque area of agricultural and horticultural Eastern Algarve in Portugal. While driving the almost empty roads, I was discovering new views, catching the scent of orange orchards caressing the senses and feeding my soul.   This is a splendid example of organic vegetable garden. The owner doctor
  • House and garden in Algarve before and after – what were you doing 15 years ago?

    28 Jun 2014 | 3:01 am
    Imagination and sensitivity enabling to feel the genius loci of the place may get you from the non interesting looking patch of land and an small old house to creating a paradise on Earth. What does it take to get you from there to today? What has the power of igniting it? Who whispers the solutions? Whoever and whatever it is, I love the result. Just have a look by yourself. The old photos
 
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    The Manic Gardener

  • Return of the Shaggy Parasols

    The Manic Gardener
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Chlorophyllum rachodes Last year, when I was at first too sick, then too discouraged, to do much in the garden, something magical happened: a second variety of edible mushrooms joined my dependable fairy ring crop, the Marasmius oreadesI wrote about four (four!) years ago in “Back Yard Mushrooms” (July 6, 2014). The Marasmius oreades come up in two places in the yard, each in a wide curve that follows the arch of a tree root, each year that curve a bit wider, a few inches displaced from where it was the year before. They’re a small mushroom, delicate in appearance, in color, in flavor,…
  • Buried in the Garden

    The Manic Gardener
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    Well, if this year in the garden doesn’t kill me, it will probably cripple me. I’m trying to come back after multiple surgeries and other medical anomaly (I’m beginning to feel like a medical anomaly myself) and bring the garden(s) back after years of neglect, and oy, but it’s a lot of work. Especially since the whole project (multiple projects, really) seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t face it (them) and therefore got a late start in an early spring. However, progress is being made. An important point to remember, as I gaze at the mountain of incomplete and unstarted tasks,…
  • Dandelion Pesto

    The Manic Gardener
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s amazing what you can make from the garden, even before it gets going. Yes, I know, pesto is made from basil. (Also pine nuts, butter, parmesan, garlic, and sometimes parsley.) But years ago an Italian friend confided to me that only Americans were so hidebound as to think that it had to be made from those ingredients and nothing else. In Italy, she told me, pesto was made from all sorts of things. At the time, I looked at her askance. She and pesto might both be Italian, and I might pride myself on being openminded, but there were limits. Over time, however, I’ve gradually…
  • The blog breathes again…

    The Manic Gardener
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Gasps, at least. The Manic was hacked and re-hacked; down for almost two years, it’s been only recently revived. There are multiple issues, I know, including a plethora of broken links. I’ll get to them, but it’ll take a while, so I depend on your patience. Thanks!
  • Too Many Spruce–?

    The Manic Gardener
    9 Jul 2012 | 12:28 pm
    I’ll never look at my garden the same way again. Only a few pages into Sue Reed’s Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden (New Society Press, 2010) I started glancing around my  yard with a new eye. How well did our trees funnel summer breezes and block winter ones? Were deciduous trees and conifers planted in the optimal places? Well, I already knew the answer to that one: no. I’ve got five large spruce grouped on the east and south-east side of the house, and while they do a marvelous job of keeping us cool during heat waves (like the one last week),…
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    Your Small Kitchen Garden

  • Cultivate ’14: Horticulture Conference for Industry Geeks

    Daniel Gasteiger
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The Cultivate Conference draws many plant breeders to show off their latest varieties: petunias, chrysanthemums, coleus, roses, heucheras, gomphrena… there were even new varieties of vegetables and herbs. Tables holding the new introductions filled corridors outside of the main show floor. If I lived farther south, my garden would include gomphrena. Go to a garden or horticulture industry conference! You can learn all kinds of great things by talking to vendors on the show floor—and you can examine their products and marketing literature first-hand! If that’s not enough, most…
  • Daniel and Stacy Built a Wall

    Daniel Gasteiger
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    It has been no secret that my dad moved out of our family home of 50+ years and I’ve spent a very long time emptying the house and getting it ready to rent. It’s a departure from the gardening content this blog’s title promises, but this is my life these days: My wife has accompanied me to Ithaca for a final, crazy push to finish work on my dad’s house. She has cleaned most of the rooms I emptied, we have removed a bunch of recyclables and even more for the trash, and we’ve done some construction & maintenance. The most obvious building project was building a…
  • Wordless Wednesday at Cornell’s Herb Garden

    Daniel Gasteiger
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
     
  • Food in my Kitchen Garden!

    Daniel Gasteiger
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Anywhere I point a camera at the pear tree it captures an image with many pears. I’ve never seen so many pears on the tree in a season. If they reach maturity, I’ll have a lot of preserving to do! As I rushed around a week ago Friday getting ready to drive to Ithaca, I captured images that demonstrate food is happening in the garden. I was happy seeing so much progress early in the season but I must not have been wearing my reading glasses. You see, when I capture photos, I can’t tell immediately whether they’re well-framed, in focus, or properly exposed. Even with reading glasses,…
  • Peonies at Cornell Plantations

    Daniel Gasteiger
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    A few planting beds at Cornell University’s Plantations hold a variety of peonies unlike any I or my dad have grown over the past 50 years. Please forgive me for stepping away from my kitchen garden. I’m still working on my dad’s house in Ithaca, and on this trip I discovered Cornell Plantations was running a plant sale. Of course, I went, and it was hard to resist buying. There were so many plants I’d love to have taken home, and all at great prices! I exercised self-control, and I also grabbed some photos. Cornell Plantations is a show and research garden. It hosts a…
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    Dirt Du Jour Daily Blog

  • They’re baaaaack!

    cindymcnatt@gmail.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The traveling nursery that used to be known as Laguna Hills Nursery has landed. Their new location? 1829 North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana, site of an old Armstrong Nursery. Gary and Nancy have kept the name because they never went away. Let’s just say they were location-less for a year or so.  Still lots of fruit trees to be had, perennials and edibles, citrus and fruiting vines. All healthy and ready to plant. Stop in and welcome them back or call 714-542-5600. The new nursery rounds out the list of others on Tustin Avenue - making the street a nursery-hopping destination with Laguna…
  • The free book conundrum

    cindymcnatt@gmail.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Harper Collins sent me the book “A Garden of Marvels” for a give-away a few months ago and I might as well admit, up front, that I have been reluctant to do so. Author Ruth Kassinger brings a bit of botany, horticulture history and steamy sex to her tales about the personal life of plants, and I love a book that entertains as much as it teaches. If you like to crack a smile while you’re reading about Miscanthus (and who doesn’t?) get thee over to the comment section for chance to win the book. “A Garden of Marvels” is marvelous, but I’m finally ready to give it up. Botany-wise…
  • The Five Million Dollar Rose

    cindymcnatt@gmail.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    A fun fact to lug out the next time someone suggests you’re spending too much on plants—the Juliet rose cost $5 million. Okay, that’s not the price of a single rose bush, but it’s the estimated expense of the 15 years David Austin spent developing the popular rose. whatever Nature—-(Video) UC Davis says sunflowers are not just heliotropic but have their own internal clocks. Charlotte
  • The crafty gardener

    cindymcnatt@gmail.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    So….it turns out that you can craft stepping stones to your heart’s content with a product called Garden Molds. Beyond stepping stones, the company offers molds for pot feet, edging and plaques. Plus tutorials! Think of the possibilities. Think of how many summer days you have make things. Think of the side business you can launch. whatever Daily Mail—Japanese scientist discovered with a bit of genetic modification how to make flowers live twice as long
  • Addams Family - the plant

    cindymcnatt@gmail.com
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Cousin Itt wasn’t one of my favorite characters on the Addams Family TV show, but the plant named after him, Acacia cognata ‘Cousin Itt’ couldn’t be cuter. This low growing shrub was introduced by Ball in 2010. According to San Marcos Growers, it thrives in sun or shade, in a pot or in the ground and tolerates drought like an out-of-work actor. And unlike its namesake, it’s a looker. whatever Keloland TV —Most common cause of lost fingers say ER docs? Clearing clogged grass in the lawnmower without turning it off.
 
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    Native Sons - Plant of the Week

  • Calluna vulgaris 'Kerstin'

    Melissa Berard
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Calluna vulgaris ‘Kerstin' is a multi-stemmed, dwarf evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition with stems clothed in tiny overlapping grey green leaves and short spikes of mauve flowers in the late summer and autumn. A slow grower, Kerstin Heather will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is…
  • The Salvia Heatwave™ Series

    Melissa Berard
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The showy, sun loving and drought tolerant Salvia Heatwave™ series is perfect for water-wise gardens! A cross of microphylla and greggii varieties, this carefree, shrubby perennial blooms all summer, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies with vibrant colors and aromatic foliage. The compact habit, eighteen to twenty four inches tall and wide, is ideal for containers or in a border where you can appreciate the show. Give them a place in full sun with average to dry soil, while providing adequate winter drainage. ‘Blast’ produces abundant salmon pink flowers with soft white throats,…
  • Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Fire'

    Melissa Berard
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    Blanket flower. Forms a low mound of light green leaves, bearing upright stems of daisy-type flowers. 'Gallo Fire' is a compact selection, growing up to 12" with an 18" spread. Bicolor petals of flame red and gold, surround a rust-coloured button eye from Summer through Fall. 'Gallo Fire’ prefers full sunlight and is a good choice for perennial borders and container plantings. The long flowering season also make it a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies, and birds. Hardy to 0F. 'Gallo Fire' is available this week in one gallon containers.
  • Campanula garganica 'Dickson's Gold'

    Melissa Berard
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:21 am
    Campanula garganica ‘Dickson’s Gold’ is a low growing, mat-forming Adriatic bellflower to six inches tall that spreads indefinitely by prostrate stems. Features a striking combination of bright golden foliage and star-like blue flowers in late Spring to early Summer, though the appealing toothed foliage of Dickson’s Gold forms a compact mound to provide bold contrasting color even when not in bloom. This cultivar is used well along paths, in rock gardens, spilling over walls or as a ground cover. Hardy to 10F. Campanula garganica ‘Dickson’s Gold’ is available this week in one…
  • Agastache 'Orange Nectar' ™ and Agastache 'Raspberry Nectar' ™

    Melissa Berard
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
      The colorful Agastache of the Nectar™ series, otherwise known as Hummingbird Mint, produce copious amounts of nectar-filled blooms over a long season that certainly attract beneficial insects as well as hummingbirds. The dense flower spikes, orange for 'Orange Nectar'™ and raspberry red for 'Raspberry Nectar'™, rise from scented green foliage that is distasteful to deer. The compact habit, twelve to eighteen inches tall and wide, is ideal for containers or the front of a border where you can appreciate the show. Give them a place in full sun with average to dry soil, while providing…
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    Veggie Gardener: Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips

  • Ten Amazing Summer Tomato Recipes

    Chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    As we talked about in our last post, it’s tomato season! So, in order to provide you with some inspiration for using your produce, I decided it was time to turn to some of my favorite recipe sites. Here is a list of some of the best ways to incorporate tomatoes into you summer meals. […]
  • Recipe: Homemade Pico de Gallo

    Lauren M
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    If you planted tomatoes this season, chances are you’re beginning to see high yields. Though it’s satisfying to see your plants teeming with the juicy, red bulbs, if you are like most gardeners, your joy may have turned to panic when trying to figure out just how to utilize the large harvest of tomatoes that […]
  • Gardening on a Budget

    Lauren M
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Many people get into gardening because they are hoping to save some money. After all, growing your own produce not only saves you a few trips to the grocery store, it’s also a much more cost effective way to have all your favorite vegetables on hand. But, as many new gardeners may discover, creating and […]
  • Tomato Type Breakdown: Top Picks for Home Growers

    Chris
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Tomatoes are one of the most varied plants you can put in your vegetable garden. Available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and tastes, there really is something for everyone. But how do you choose what to plant? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular tomatoes gardeners tend to plant, so […]
  • How to Pick the Right Tomato for Your Garden

    Chris
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    For most of us, deciding on a tomato to grow can be a daunting task. The best way to narrow down what ones you want in your garden is to consider a few main factors. Determinate or Indeterminate Tomatoes generally have two different growing habits. Determinate tomatoes are of the bush variety, so the plants […]
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    Garden Therapy

  • Garden Therapy’s Most Amazing Canning Recipes

    Stephanie
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    It’s that time of year again. The time where you think, “Hey, I should buy a truckload of fruit and make some jam.”. I hear you; I’m right there with you. As I sit here writing I have cases of peaches awaiting their fate as the best ever Peach Brandy Preserves. Then the figs will come in silver bowls delivered by my neighbour who can’t possibly eat the fruit from five fig trees ripening at once. Good news for me as I can give away (or consume) cases of fig preserves If you are looking for a little inspiration you have come to the right place. I like to combine…
  • Decorative Wood Plant Markers

    Stephanie
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    There are so many plant markers out there in the world. Heck, there are so many plant markers on Garden Therapy (like these, and these, and these ones are just so cute!). Why so many? Well, they are a fun rainy-day craft that adds a bit of personality to the garden. Oh, and they help you remember what you planted! These plant markers are decorative and fun to make, making them the perfect addition to the garden. Wood burning mixing spoons is a way to ensure that your plant label will not fade. Of course, you could also decorate the label with paint or even a marker, but you would be…
  • Olive and Fig Tapanade

    Stephanie
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Do you like the combination of salty a sweet? The addictive combination is incredibly popular for a reason. There is research to show that there are certain sweet taste receptors on our tongues that are activated only when sodium is also present. Whatever the reason, sweet and salty are SO FREAKING GOOD TOGETHER! While I’m not adverse to salted caramel or chocolate pretzels, there are other ways to get the flavour kick that are a bit closer to nature. Enter Fig and Olive Tapanade. I’m a longtime fan of jam on cheese and crackers but spread a little of this drool-inducing mixture…
  • 18 Soothing Ways to Use Lavender at Home

    Stephanie
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Love lavender? Me too! Step 1: Harvest Lavender I have just a few backyard lavender plants and from that I get more craft materials than I know what to do with! I leave the flowers on the plant for as long as I can (for the bees) but then it’s harvest time! Harvesting English Lavender & How To Use It Step 2: Make Stuff! Check out all of the crafts, projects, and recipes that can be done with just a few backyard lavender plants and/or lavender essential oil: Easy Homemade Bath Salts Recipe Lavender Dryer Bags Lavender Linen Water Recipe and Printable Label Dried Lavender Wreath…
  • The Homemade Dog Cookies That Makes Dogs Go Squirrley

    Stephanie
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    You know who deserves a treat? The garden protectors. Well, they may also be the garden destroyers at times digging holes–burying bones, trampling plants, and eating the snow peas–but they are pretty darn good at keeping critters from running amok.  So how do I thank them? First I bark, “hey you two, quit all that barking,” and then I (sheepishly) realize that they have done their jobs oh-so-well by keeping the squirrels away from the veggie garden. It’s not a perfect system. They probably eat more veggies than the critters could ever stomach. My fig tree and…
 
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    Herb Garden Blog

  • Need Help with Gifts for Men?

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Selecting the ideal gift is an art. Would they need this? Do they really need this? It can take a considerable time to truly cut down the perfect present for the perfect occasion. You most likely find yourself asking a slew of questions debating every present you purchase. Sadly, time is something that not many of us have a lot of. Which is the main reason why Headlines & Heroes is the ideal tool for selecting the perfect gift and saving your time. Finally, the times of last minute scurrying to find that present you’ve been putting on the backburner for months are gone Headlines…
  • Luxury at its finest: Continuum Miami

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Miami is speedily becoming one of the most desired cities in the world for real estate. With luxury condos Miami offers magnificent properties, stunning views, active social scene, and rich culture Miami offers has received both but domestic and global attention. The Miami Property market is on the rise and continues to reflect strength and expansion. Actually sixty-two percent of consumers in Miami are global consumers. From what used to be a seasonal town, Miami has transformed to an all year hot spot destination. Often referred to as a “little New York,” Miami is the second…
  • So The Kids Left Home

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    So the kids left home. They are out of the house, living on their own, and beginning to write the tale to their own lives. You feel so proud and excited, after all your babies are all grown up now.  Unfortunately, however, you may have come down with a case of empty nest syndrome? You are most likely asking, what’s empty nest syndrome? According to Psychology Today, Empty Nest Syndrome “is a feeling of isolation or depression that happens among parents after children grow up and leave home.” Now, does that sound all to familiar? Like so many folks before you, coping with…
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    Urban Organic Gardener

  • See the largest rooftop farm in the world – the “Brooklyn Grange Farm” (NYC).

    UOG
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    A 7-month time lapse documenting the first full growing season at the Brooklyn Grange’s farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At 65,000 square feet, it’s the largest rooftop farm in the world. Brooklyn Grange – A New York Growing Season from Christopher St. John on Vimeo. For more info, check out brooklyngrangefarm.com Shot and edited by Christopher St. John A big thanks to Ratatat for the music! Song: Montanita – itunes.apple.com/us/album/classics/id354003618
  • {Fall & Winter Season} 5 Cool-Weather Vegetables to Grow In Containers

    UOG
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post was found from SeedsNow.com BLOG If you want to have vegetables to eat this fall, then you need to start planting in summertime. This might be your first time growing a fall garden, & these vegetables are a great place to start because they can all be grown in containers! 1. Radishes- The trick with growing perfect radishes, lays in the soil. Literally. Keep the moisture level of the soil close to that of a wrung out sponge. Don’t feel limited to growing common varieties like you’d find in the store. Try varieties like Japanese Minowase or Hailstone White radishes!
  • {Fall & Winter Season} Growing Food in 1, 2, and 3-GALLON Containers

    UOG
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Fall and winter gardens are possible, even when growing in containers. Stick with these cool-weather crops and planting suggestions for success. Get planting! First, we’re going to break it down by container size.  If you go to a local garden center you’re going to come across the same thing. 1-gallon, 2-gallon, 3-gallon, and 5-gallon containers are all great for growing food.  You’d be surprised. Here’s what you can grow in them: If you’re using a 1-GALLON CONTAINER: Beets (you can fit about 2- 3 beets in this size container) Carrots (3-4) Celery (1) Collards…
  • UOG Pic of the Day

    UOG
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Planters and urban gardening tools at Kennedy Greenway in central Boston, the site of the Occupy Boston encampment!
  • Why Urban Farm Grows Food in 100% Container Garden

    UOG
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Take a peek at an Urban Garden growing food in containers, right in downtown Fort Lauderdale! John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida to share with you a urban farm who grows food in 100% containers. In this episode, you will learn about Fort Lauderdale Vegetables who grow food in the city and teach about decentralized farming. You will learn some of the techniques they use to grow in a tropical environment that gets lots of rain. You will also discover why smoking is not a good idea around your garden and much, much more.
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    Ecosystem Gardening

  • What’s All the Fuss About Neonicotinoids?

    Carole Sevilla Brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides that will kill the very pollinators you’re trying to attract to your wildlife garden. A systemic pesticide is absorbed into all parts of the plant: leaves, flowers, pollen, and nectar which means that any caterpillar feeding on that plant, any butterfly sipping some nectar, or any native bee collecting pollen are often killed simply by visiting plants treated with neonicontinoids. Neonicotinoids affect the central nervous system of insects resulting in paralysis and death, which is surely not your goal if you’re goal is to create a pollinator garden!
  • Growing for Pollinators 10th Annual Garden Symposium, with Carole Sevilla Brown, William Cullina, and Dr. Frank Drummond

    Carole Sevilla Brown
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:39 am
    Growing for Pollinators: 10th Annual Garden Symposium, with Carole Sevilla Brown, William Cullina, and Dr. Frank Drummond at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens On Friday June 20 I’ll be speaking at the Growing for Pollinators symposium at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with William Cullina and Frank Drummond: Maine’s bird and insect pollinators are crucial to the life cycle of most flowering plants – in the wild, in our home gardens, and in agriculture. In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ 10th annual symposium, you’ll discover the intricate interdependencies between flowers and…
  • Kill The Bishops Weed

    Carole Sevilla Brown
    30 May 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Bishop’s Weed swallowing up my front garden The Agony of Bishop’s Weed I’ve been doing battle for 14 years now with an invasive insidious persistent thug called Bishop’s Weed, also known as Goutweed or Snow On The Mountain (Aegopodium podagraria). Every year I swear I’m going to get the Bishop’s Weed all pulled out in early spring, and well before the time that it flowers because Bishop’s Weed, a highly invasive plant can produce a prodigious amount of seeds, and you really don’t want this plant reproducing anywhere near your wildlife garden!
  • Mount Cuba Center Native Plants of the Piedmont

    Carole Sevilla Brown
    23 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Copeland Estate at Mount Cuba Center Mount Cuba Center is dedicated to the preservation of native plants of the Piedmont, and is a fantastic place to observe many different native plants in natural settings, some woodland, some meadow, and some pond-side. Mount Cuba Center is a 600 acre preserve located in the beautiful rolling hills of Hockessin, DE, not too far south of the Pennsylvania border. The rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont I recently attended the annual Wildflower Celebration at Mount Cuba Center–a pure delight for the senses! I enjoyed many different species of…
  • What Plants Attract the Most Wildlife?

    Carole Sevilla Brown
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As I travel around the country speaking at conferences about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife, the question I get asked most frequently is “What should I plant?” The easy answer is that you should add lots of locally native plants to your wildlife garden because over thousands of years wildlife has developed interdependent relationships with these plants. Native plants form the base of any food web. What is a Native Plant? But this answer isn’t as easy as it may appear at first glance. What is a native plant? Native plants are part of an ecosystem or community of other…
 
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    The Garden Plot

  • Gardening Spotlighted at the Largest Event for Women in Social Media in the World

    Garden Media Group
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As interest in outdoor living and decorating continues to grow, especially in the blogosphere, Garden Media Group once again will introduce new content, plants and garden products to thousands of key bloggers at the 10th annual BlogHer Conference in San Jose, California.Some 4,000 social media experts in food, parenting, health and wellness, entertainment, style, social change, politics, technology and business are expected to attend the conference.This year, Garden Media , the top public relations firm in the outdoor living industry, returns with its popular pop-up “Garden Shop” to…
  • Sun Parasol Mandevillas from Suntory Flowers Stun in Any Summer Setting

    Garden Media Group
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Suntory Flowers’ Sun Parasol mandevillas, the tropical vines with trumpet-shaped flowers, are easy to grow and ideal for a unique look. These bold flowers add high impact color to containers, patios and landscapes. Plus, the tubular flowers are also known to attract hummingbirds to the garden. Though these natural climbers are usually found growing along trellises, there are many other ways to incorporate Sun Parasol mandevillas into outdoor living spaces. Available in original, giant and pretty sizes, these vines can grow to be 10 to 15 feet long. “Sun Parasol is a great choice for…
  • Enhance Garden Style and Control Pests With New, Decorative OrnamenTrap

    Garden Media Group
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Decorate the garden and catch pesky flies and yellowjackets at the same time with the new, eco-friendly OrnamenTrap™.The newest design from RESCUE!®, the leader in environmentally responsible insect control, is an attractive solution to control pests while enhancing garden layout. Disguising itself as a garden accessory, the OrnamenTrap™ does double duty as a yellowjacket or a fly trap.The reusable OrnamenTrap™ is a non-toxic and is safe to use around children and pets. These traps are also made in the USA.Bloggers at BlogHer, the largest conference for influential bloggers nationwide,…
  • Tips for Growing Berry Shrubs in Small Spaces from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

    Garden Media Group
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Fresh blueberries and raspberries have never been easier to grow. With new BrazelBerries, all that is needed is a sunny spot big enough for a container. Patios, decks, front steps and urban balconies are perfect choices.These revolutionary berry shrubs are changing where fruit is grown. They’re as decorative as they are tasty, offering compact, gorgeous foliage for any small outdoor space. And, all BrazelBerries are self-pollinating, so only one bush is needed to produce fruit.Why are BrazelBerries different? “They’ve been selected to be simple to grow, beautiful in landscapes, and…
  • New Desert Escape Collection from Costa Farms

    Garden Media Group
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Home gardeners looking for bold, easy-care yards have a new option for landscaping—the Desert Escape collection from Costa Farms. The new Desert Escape collection includes a variety of bold, no-fuss cacti and succulents ideal for consumers who seek attractive, low-maintenance landscapes. Desert Escape cacti and succulents, once established, are extremely drought tolerant and typically don’t require pruning or other maintenance. In addition to being easy, Desert Escape cacti and succulents add a trendy, modern look to yards thanks to their fun colors and dramatic textures. The plants are…
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  • Front-Yard Vegetable Garden is Beautiful and Bountiful

    Gardener's Supply
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    We used Raised Bed Corners to create a set of stacked beds in front of our administrative offices in Burlington, VT. Bull’s Blood beet seeds germinate among crops that will soon be harvested. As the gardening season goes on, it’s a challenge to keep a front-yard vegetable garden looking good. Early crops are harvested, lettuce bolts in the heat … what’s next? You have to think ahead. Here at Gardener’s Supply, we have a set of raised beds at the front door, where I just harvested a fat handful of tender green bush beans. While I was at it, I underplanted the…
  • It Must be the Worm Power

    Gardener's Supply
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Basil harvest, after fertilizing with Worm Power. Grown from a single seedling, this pie-pumpkin vine has engulfed a trellis and spread through the surrounding beds. In two of our test garden beds, I’m using All-Purpose Organic Fertilizer with worm castings (Worm Power Fertilizer). The plants have exploded with growth. I’ve never seen a pumpkin plant so healthy, robust and full of fruit and flowers. At right, you can see it on our new Squash and Cucumber Trellis (look for it in our spring lineup). Cody, our product designer, is almost hidden by the gigantic vine. I’m calling…
  • What’s Better than a Pink Flamingo?

    Gardener's Supply
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    The winning photo from our contest, sent by Rodger D. Bagby of Dallas, TX: “I saw this reading rabbit at a local gardening store and had to have it for my new garden space. I was wanting to create a whimsical garden in a new area of my property that was recently made available due to a storm.” Shop our selection of Statues and Fountains WHEN it comes to lawn ornaments, it’s hard to beat the classic pink flamingo. Sure, gnomes could be considered classic, but what’s new? Isn’t it time for another classic? We asked for photos of your favorite garden art, and we got…
  • Sweet Success: Watermelon in a Raised Bed

    Gardener's Supply
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    From a five-star review by “Bill the gardener” of Hemet, CA. Watermelon and squash growing in the Elevated Cedar Raised Bed We purchased our raised bed planters last year and this is the second year growing food in them. Thought it was about time I did a review. Yes, we get compliments on how good they look, but the main thing for me is, our veggies grow well in them. My wife and I live in a mobile home community that (thankfully) allows veg. gardening in your yard… so long as you try to keep it tidy and attractive. The elevated grow beds are a great help in that respect.
  • Taming the Garden Hose

    Gardener's Supply
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    A well-trained hose As a professional gardener, I use garden hoses a lot, and I’ve seen my share of kinks, leaks and hoses that can’t be recoiled neatly. To me, the job is complete when the garden is weed-free and well-watered — with the hose coiled and ready for next time. If asked, my coworkers might say I’m a bit obsessive about getting the hose rolled up after each use. Here are my tips to ensure leak-free watering and a tidy coil: When connecting hoses and attachments, make sure the washers inside the female end are fully seated. And if the washer looks worn out,…
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    Annie's Gardening Corner

  • What’s In Your Basket?

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Beautiful Garden BlossomsThe growing season of summer draws us outdoors. There's plenty to lure one into nature - beautiful garden blossoms, strolls along the ocean or an exhilarating hike. Many of us choose to design beautiful landscapes simply because spending time outdoors is treasured and hard to come by. Think about your favorite outdoor space or place and compare that to where you spend your time inside. In general, you might get an overall sense of feeling less confined.  It's just great to be outside.But one of the best kept secrets to open air and less confinement is readily…
  • July's Collection

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    ©All images by Ann BilowzWe invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios for inspiration. Have a wonderful summer weekend.If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. Contact me direct at…
  • Stately It Is

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Thinking of an ocean escape? Take a peak at this seaside Cape Cod property. Stately it is. Summer 2014 Home Remodeling Cape Cod, The Islands and The South Coast highlight one of Bilowz Associates Inc.'s feature properties. Relax and enjoy the view.   With a stately seaside view, each design component harmonizes and creates stylish balance with the architecture of the home and its surrounding landscape. Imagine - By combining the right materials and employing a philosophy of harmony and balance, functional portions disappear into the beauty of your landscape's overall artistry. The…
  • Explanation Unnecessary

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Salpiglossis sinuata 'Painted Tongue' Royal Casino MixWhat you love, you love. That’s why much of what we choose can be extremely subjective. In other words, explanation unnecessary – we love it just because. Sometimes we can’t define the why; it simply moves us, much like a piece of art. Here’s an annual we discovered this year while searching for our favorite tomato plant, San Marzano. But back to our favorite annual - you might find its common name hideous or fun but ‘Painted Tongue’ has quickly become an annual we love. It bears a much longer, official name, Salpiglossis…
  • A Butterfly’s Day

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    On this #WordlessWednesday, it’shighlighting the simple flight of a butterfly’s day. A Typical Garden Day Starts HereSomething New to Explore - Daylilies & MoreTo the Coneflowers - A Favorite Landing SpotAlways Begin Your Garden Flight at DawnAs Stephen Coonts reminds us, “All really great flying adventures begin at dawn.” And if you missed Monday and Tuesday’s posts, make sure to check them out. When the Sun Shines and Designing for Paws. Enjoy!©All images by Ann BilowzIf you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and…
 
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    Serenity in the Garden

  • Matisse - An Art of 'Purity and Serenity'

    Jan Johnsen
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Vase of Irises by Henri Matisse, at the Hermitage   "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter,The terrace, St. Tropez, Henri Matisse 1904 an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."-  Henri MatisseHenri Matisse cutoutMatisse's words apply to gardens of serenity as well. We aim…
  • Garden Photo of the Day - Kilian Schoenberger

    Jan Johnsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    photo by Kilian Schoenberger The photo of the day today is not a garden photo - it is of a path in the woods. I urge you to see more exquisite photos on the website of photographer Kilian Schoenberger (click on his name for more amazing photos.)The photo reminds me of some lines in one of my favorite poems, 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost:"....I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."
  • Garden photo of the Day - Fernando Caruncho

    Jan Johnsen
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    design by Fernando Caruncho Fernando Caruncho, the minimalist landscape designer, views the garden, not as a landscape, but as a person with its own personality and as a member of the family; a protector of the residence.He first attended the University of Madrid to study philosophy, but learning of the Greek method of teaching in the garden, he transferred to Castillo de Batres School in Madrid where he received a degree in landscape design in 1979. Fernando saw the importance of the garden to the Greek philosopher Plato, who used the garden as a place of teaching and repose.
  • Weeds Are 'In' ...Soil Carbon Cowboys

    Jan Johnsen
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
     Did you know that carbon in the soil makes it more capable of holding and retaining rainwater? No flooding!The old ways are being re-learned by the cattle farmers who see the benefit of certain 'weeds' for repleninshing the soil...A new day is finally dawning! Please share this fabulous 12 minute film with others...click hereweeds are in.http://carbonnationmovie.com/about/clips/225-new-video-soil-carbon-cowboys
  • Thomas Jefferson and his Private Retreat, Poplar Forest

    Jan Johnsen
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    I admit it, I am a Thomas Jefferson nut....No well known historical person has combined so many diverse talents as good ole'  T.J. (well, maybe his friend, Ben did...) Besides his leadership and writing acumen, Jefferson was a genius when it came to building design, planning and, yes, gardening.I admire his plantation retreat, Poplar Forest, in Virginia.Here, Jefferson used a single geometric form, the octagon, for the house and a circle for the surrounding landscape. He took advantage of the sloping terrain and built the octagonal building into the slope so that lower entrance…
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    MySecretGarden

  • Alaska The Beautiful (July 2014). Wordless Wednesday

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
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  • Some July Plants in My Garden

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    I have an impression that everything is blooming earlier this summer.  These are some of the July stars in my garden. A new poppy is in my garden. Thank you Peggy  for the seeds! The plants are beautiful. Most of my day lilies are peach-orange. Cathy, thank you for this one! It stands apart: In the next two pictures, there is Orlaya grandiflora, biennial.  Brian, a
  • Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo). Wordless Wednesday

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    ***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS
  • Villa Carlotta Garden in Northern Italy

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
         Among the ten gardens which we were fortunate to visit during our European trip in May, the Botanical Garden at Villa  Carlotta in Tremezzo (Lake Como District, Lombardy) was the busiest. Visitors were arriving by ferry from other towns around the lake and by tour buses from Milan. Even so, the garden was not crowded, since the villa itself  absorbed many visitors, and the size of the
  • June Was Good! Wordless Wednesday Blooms

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    ***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS
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    Veg Plotting

  • First Cut Comfrey

    VP
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Comfrey is a new crop on my allotment for 2014, though I won't be eating any of it. Since I started to install raised beds on the plot last year, I now need to make lots more compost to keep them topped up. That's where the comfrey comes in as it acts as a great accelerator when added to the raw ingredients in a compost bin.As you can see from the photo, my new comfrey bed is handily placed next to the compost bins in the middle of my plot. This is the variety Bocking14, the kind which isn't so much of a garden thug, unlike the comfrey I see growing right next to the River Avon in town, which…
  • The Portland Fling - Preliminary Snippets

    VP
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The all important group photo - in the International Rose Test Garden.I'm a bit hard to spot because I don't have the rest of my avatar with me ;)3 days, 80 bloggers, 90 degree heat, 15 gardens, 3 nurseries and hundreds of photographs. How do I begin to summarise the Fling? Like Victoria I tended to my own garden first, which helped to sooth the jetlag fug in my brain and let the sights, sounds and scents of my trip settle down more comfortably.Portland is known as "The City of Roses", so a large test garden is appropriate -the scent hits you smack in the face before you've entered the…
  • Salad Days: The Food Programme

    VP
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Screen grab taken from the Food Programme page on the BBC websiteWhilst I was away, Radio 4's Food Programme broadcast a very interesting programme on Salad Leaves. The appropriately named Dan Saladino revealed that:The UK's demand for salad leaves is worth £600 million annually and demand is rising steadily for leaf production throughout the yearMany of the salad leaves we buy are imported from Spain, particularly during the winter monthsChlorine is still used extensively by some firms as part of the bagged salad process as spring water supplies aren't sufficient for what's neededA new…
  • Wordless Wednesday: A Garden Nursery - Western Style

    VP
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    If you're not reading this on vegplotting.blogspot.com, Blotanical or your own web reader such as Bloglovin' or Feedly, then the website you're using is a blogpost feed scraper. Why not go straight to the source instead? That's vegplotting.blogspot.com
  • Postcard from the Pacific North West

    VP
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Mount Rainier seemingly floats in the air - as seen from the Bainbridge Island to Seattle ferryI've just got back from an amazing holiday in the Pacific North West aka the Washington and Oregon states in the USA.The main purpose of the holiday was to join the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, but a long journey across the pond deserves to be made into a road trip, which is precisely what Victoria, Charlotte and I did.We flew into Seattle, where our friend Marty Wingate had arranged an amazing pre-fling garden tour for us, including another visit to the Bloedel Reserve, plus the company…
 
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    Cultivating Dinner

  • How to Braid Garlic

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    How to Braid GarlicI pulled all my garlic a few weeks ago, because the last few years I have had issues with the cloves starting to separate and not storing well.  I had enough that I wanted to try making a few garlic braids to see if that would also help prolong the storage.I found this nice video tutorial from Gardenerd.com and watched it several times before I got started.First, I sorted my garlic into small and large piles and found some yarn and a piece of garden wire for each braid.I trimmed the roots and brushed off any dirt.I twisted wire around one large and two small…
  • And the winner is...

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Buckbee's 50 Day...I started all my tomatoes the week of March 8 and planted them out the week of May 12.  The first red tomatoes showed up this week which was closer to 70 days from transplant, but easily the earliest tomato in my zone 5 garden.It is a medium sized tomato and has a tart, fresh tomato taste and a thicker skin.Seeds for Buckbee's New 50 Day and lots of others are available at Tomato Fest(affiliate link).
  • Bugs in my Garden

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I have been seeing a lot of different bugs and insects in the garden lately.  A lot of the herbs and Umbelliferae are in bloom bringing lots of flying insects.  I haven't seen too many honeybees this year, but a few have been buzzing around my oregano this week.I noticed a bee that wasn't moving at all on a daylilly and I looked closer...Look closer...Poor bee probably never saw it coming.  The spider is the exact same color as the flower.Add captionThe milkweed is covered with milkweed bugs.  I haven't seen any monarch caterpillars since I took some pictures a few weeks…
  • How to Fix a Lawn Mower Tire

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Mowing the LawnI like being outside enough in the summer that I really don't mind mowing the lawn.  Although we have 3/4 acre to mow, we can usually bust it out in an hour and a half or so if my husband push mows and trims while I drive the ride-on lawnmower. I know that mowing is horrible for the environment as far as emissions, so we are slowly filling our space with areas that don't need to be mowed, but in the meantime we end up mowing most weeks of the summer.This weekend was busy and I just wanted to get the mowing out of the way.  I pulled the mower out of the garage and…
  • Apple Tree Diseases

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Apple Tree IssuesSo after last years bumper crop of Golden Delicious apples, many of our six apple trees are having a rough year.  After getting some online diagnosis from the helpful readers at Gardenweb and the Helpful Gardener, I am pretty sure that I am dealing with plum curculio, as evidenced by the crescent shaped bite mark,s and apple scab, a fungal disease that might be attributed to this crazy wet spring and summer. The AdviceThe advice I received included keeping the drip-line clear and mulched with only wood chips, organic fungal sprays next season at the appropriate…
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    GrowBlog

  • How to Grow Your Own Delicious Cherries

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Of all tree fruits it is the cherry that stands head and shoulders above the rest for sheer juicy indulgence and lip-staining goodness. These tempting teasers fill the mouth with their moreish aroma, an almost addictive experience that's led to many a sugar rush!
  • Summer Stars: Crowder Peas and Yard-Long Beans

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    A huge chunk of my gardening life took place in the hot, humid climate of Alabama, where spring passes fast and summer goes on forever, with more than 250 days between frosts. The peas of choice were not garden peas (Phaseolus species), which merely served as spring aphid bait, but crowder peas (Vigna unguiculata), one of the most stalwart crops of summer in warm climates.
  • Using Organic Mulches in the Vegetable Garden

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I love the word 'mulch'. Like 'humus', it brings to mind thick, dark, moist soil like that found in woodland, rich, fertile, wondrous stuff produced in what is possibly the most perfect process on Earth: an endlessly recyclable system where nothing is produced that isn't eventually reused.
  • Growing Sage for Flavor and Flowers

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Like most gardeners, I'm always ready to adopt plants that have multiple uses. Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) definitely fits this description, because it's a productive culinary herb that doubles as a showy perennial by covering itself with spikes of blue blossoms. Plus, if your living spaces are in need of purification, you can bind a few sage stems together with string, dry them, and use them as smudge sticks, a Native American tradition in which the smoke from smoldering sage is used to clear negative energies.
  • Plan Ahead For Your Winter Vegetable Garden

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    If you're reading this on a hot summer's day then the idea of casting your mind forward to winter may seem at best odd. But it's the wise kitchen gardener who makes plans now for the vegetables that will stock the larder when the cold comes home to roost.
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    The Enduring Gardener

  • Our Own Apricots

    Stephanie Donaldson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    I wish I could say that our apricot tree provides us with a magnificent crop, but the truth of the matter is that despite the wonderful weather, the couple of pounds of fruit we picked do not really justify the space the tree takes up.  By the time that the blue tits have pecked off half the flowers (apparently they find apricot flowers particularly delicious) and the blackbirds have stabbed at the fruit long before it is fully ripe, I’m amazed that we got even that many.  Still there were a few fine specimens that we ate fresh and we salvaged some of the damaged fruit and stewed them…
  • A Haunt of Swedish Artists

    The Enduring Gardener
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    During my recent visit to the island of Oland I stayed in a characterful guesthouse called Bo Pensionat. In the early 20th century it was a favourite meeting place and residence for some of the Vickleby School of artists who valued the wonderful light of the island. There is a distinctly Bloomsbury feel about the place, although I could find no evidence that they lived quite such Bohemian lives. Some of their paintings hang on the walls of the guesthouse and leafing through books about them I was very taken by the work of one of them – Arthur Percy – who was entirely Swedish despite…
  • Oranges & Lemons

    The Enduring Gardener
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    The citrus trees are thriving in the hot, sunny weather. There’s loads of blossom and young fruit, so I’m making sure that they are fed and watered regularly, or the fruit will drop long before it reaches maturity. Apparently citrus need a minimum of eight hours of sunlight a day to really thrive and they are certainly getting that at the moment which is probably why they look so good. Inevitably it will all get a lot more difficult to achieve at the end of the summer when they will need that tricky combo of good light and protection, but for the moment I’m just enjoying their…
  • Create your own Seed Packets

    The Enduring Gardener
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Unless you diligently dead-head your annuals you’ll likely find an abundance of seed heads replacing the flowers as summer strides forward. The long warm days are great for drying seeds heads and there’s something very satisfying about harvesting them, it’s like money in the bank for next year.  I tend to leave them to dry out for a few weeks in a tray on a high shelf. Thereafter they can be put in packets, labelled and dated.  A pack of seeds makes a wonderful and thoughtful present, I tend to make up a few packets which can be used as emergency gifts or easily sent as…
  • Tickle your Roots

    The Enduring Gardener
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    It’s the time of year when it’s tempting to introduce some colour into the borders while waiting for the late summer blooms to get going. We all do it – and provided you prepare the ground well, water thoroughly and mulch, the plants should settle in well.  But when you buy large plants at this time of year they often have a mass of roots on the margins of the root ball even when they aren’t pot bound. It’s a good idea to gently scuff them up so that when you plant, the roots travel out into the surrounding soil rather than continuing to travel round in circles, following the shape…
 
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    Urban Gardens

  • The Power of Moss: Biophotovoltaic

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    A modern designed table that incorporates the bright green life of moss is as urban-garden-chic as you can get. But wait there’s more. The moss on this table has a job to do—and that job is to generate power. That’s … Read More...The post The Power of Moss: Biophotovoltaic appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • Using MRI Brain Scans to Co-Design Everyday Objects

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Expanding on the idea of the sharing economy where we crowdsource ideas and designs then crowdfund them into production, Dutch artist Merel Bekking brings high technology into the fold adding another dimension to this human process. Unveiled at FuoriSalone’sVentura Lombrate at Milan’s Salone de … Read More...The post Using MRI Brain Scans to Co-Design Everyday Objects appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape

    Nicole Brait
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Calochortus venustus, photo by Don M. Davis Some plants are familiar to almost everyone. But then there are those that, no matter how many great characteristics they have or how easy they are to grow, they never quite catch on. Here are five … Read More...The post Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:15 am
    What was once an historic movie theater within the green Parco Trivisio of Milan’s fashionable Brera design district, debuted last year as a secret garden and wellness concept lab for Gessi, the Italian Private Wellness Company. Photo: Gessi Appropriate to the building’s origins, the Gessi … Read More...The post A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • One Aquaponic Rooftop Farm to Go Please

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:21 pm
    It’s hard to disagree with the fact that urban rooftops could provide a huge playground for urban farmers. Rooftop gardens do exist of course, but in a city like New York with an endless number of industrial buildings, there could … Read More...The post One Aquaponic Rooftop Farm to Go Please appeared first on Urban Gardens.
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    Busch Gardens in Virginia Blog

  • Clydesdales and Collies Up Close

    Emily Bea
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Interested in meeting one of our majestic Clydesdales or learning how a Border collie herds sheep? Then the Clydesdales and Collies Up Close Tour is for you.  Come behind the scenes and meet one of our gentle giants and learn about the Clydesdale breed, their history and how they spend their day at Busch Gardens.  After getting up close with our Clydesdales, you will get a unique opportunity to take a photo with them behind the scenes. Next, get the chance to meet Molly or Skye, our resident Border collies. Border collies are known to be one of the smartest breeds of dogs and you…
  • How Do I Get A Job This Cool?

    Emily Bea
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    My name is Cassy and I have worked as a Busch GardensAnimal Care Specialist  for more than five years.  Over the years I have spent a lot of time talking with guests about the amazing animals I work with and just as much about what in the world my job includes. So, in honor of National Zookeeper Week (it’s a real thing, I promise.) I thought I would take some time to answer one of the most common questions I get asked while working in a zoo - “How do I get a job this cool?”  This is a great question with many different answers, depending on who you ask. …
  • Taking the Coaster Insider Tour at Busch Gardens: A Guest Post from a Thrill Chaser

    Emily Bea
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Ever wondered what the Roller Coaster Insider Tour is like? Russel, a Thrill Chasers blogger, recently took the tour and shares his experiences in this guest blog post.  Read on to find out what a Thrill Chaser thought of this ultimate tour for coaster fanatics. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has quite possibly developed the ultimate experience for any roller coaster aficionado. The Coaster Insider Tour at the Virginia park gives coaster fanatics the chance to see the park’s signature steel coasters from a unique vantage point that most people can only dream about. For an $80 add-on to…
  • Star Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Emily Bea
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My name is Lance and I am the Manager of Entertainment Consumer Events at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  Our park has always felt like a mosaic, bringing unique cultures and traditions to life in fun new ways.  That’s why I am really excited for Star Spangled Nights, our new summertime event that began July 3 and runs through August 10.  We have pulled together our favorite patriotic traditions from across the country, each rooted in this country’s multicultural past, to celebrate together like never before. Great picnics and fun barbeques with friends and family are…
  • The Story of Maria and Her American Dream

    Emily Bea
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    This Independence Day, we’re proud to introduce you to one of our culinary team members – Maria. Born and raised in Ecuador, Maria remembers wanting to become an American even when she was a little girl. Once she grew up, Maria traveled here, studied here, found a job here and became a citizen. Nowadays, she’s happily married, working at Busch Gardens, and she has a complete appreciation for the Fourth of July in the country that she gratefully calls her home.
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    My Tool Blog

  • Dewalt DCK250P2 Combi and Impact Driver 18v 5Ah Brushless Kit

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Introducing the new DeWalt DCK250P2 18v XR Brushless 5.0Ah Twin Pack which includes the DCD795 Compact Hammer Drill and DCF886 Impact Driver. Ideal for use in confined spaces, the DeWalt DCD795 is an ultra lightweight and compact brushless hammer drill driver which features an LED work light for greater visibility and a 2-speed, all-metal transmission. Designed with aluminium front housing and an ergonomic handle,the DeWalt DCF886 is a compact impact driver with brushless motor technology and features 3 LEDs for perfect work piece illumination. Specifications DCD795 Brushless Compact Hammer…
  • DeWalt DCN692P2 18v XR 5.0Ah Li-ion Brushless Framing Nailer

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    This Bare Unit DeWalt DCN692 18v XR 2 Speed Framing Nailer features BRUSHLESS motor technology to provide the power to fire 90mm ring shank nails into soft wood and 63mm into hard woods. This Nailer comes with 2 modes including a sequential operating mode which allows for precision placement and a bump operating mode that provides the user with production speed. Both of these modes optimise the nailer for firing all lengths of nails. Ideal for numerous applications, including; Stud Wall Installations, Roof Battening, Fencing, Cladding Installations, Roofing, Decking, Floor Board Installations…
  • DeWalt DCK255P2 18v XR 5.0Ah Li-ion Brushless 2 Piece Kit

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    The new DeWalt DCK255P2 Brushless 2 Piece Kit is part of the all powerful DeWalt XR 5.0Ah Lithium-ion cordless range, offering Improved performance, extreme run time and increased efficiency. It includes the DCD995 Brushless XRP Combi Hammer Drill and DCF886 Brushless Impact Driver. Combining two of the most popular cordless models with the new 5.0Ah battery power means you have a kit guaranteed to last. The DeWalt DCD995 Brushless XRP Hammer Drill has a tough 3 speed all metal transmission for increased runtime and longer tool life and an electronic clutch with 11 position adjustable torque…
  • DeWalt DCD995P2 XR 18v 5.0Ah 3 Speed Brushless Hammer Drill

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    This DeWalt DCD995P2 XR 3 Speed Brushless Hammer Drill Driver comes supplied with 2 x 18v 5.0Ah Li-Ion batteries, multi-voltage XR charger, multi position side handle and a TStak heavy-duty kit box. This Brushless Hammer Drill is conveniently designed with a state of charge indicator, a steel belt hook and a magnetic bit holder to ensure for strong storage solutions. The 13mm ratcheting keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock allows for faster bit changes, whilst the tough 3 speed all metal transmission provides enhanced runtime and longer tool life. This tool has a foot LED that includes a…
  • DeWalt DCD990P2 18v XRP 5.0Ah Li-ion Brushless Combi Drill

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    The new DeWalt DCD990P2 is part of the all powerful DeWalt XR 5.0Ah Lithium-ion cordless range offering increased efficiency, improved performance and extreme run time. With an improved grip design providing greater application control and maximum comfort, the DCD990P2 is a heavy duty 3 speed combi drill offering an impressive 80Nm of torque, ideal for large drill bits and tough materials. With an all metal gearbox, it features an electronic clutch with 11 position adjustable torque control for optimised precision when screw driving, a 13mm ratcheting keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock…
 
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    A Charlotte Garden

  • Away we go!!!

    Daricia McKnight
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Well hello readers, old and new! I wanted to drop by to say hello quickly before leaving for the airport to join the other garden bloggers "flinging" in Portland, Oregon. I've been terrible in the past about getting up pictures from these whirlwind trips, so this time I'm going to try tweeting them as I'm seeing them. Follow me on Twitter (@aCLTgarden) and see the beautiful PNW gardens as I do!I hear thunder just now which is normally welcome when it's so dry outside, but since I'm about to board a plane, not so much! Prayers and good thoughts for an event-free flight appreciated! See you on…
  • Intense Cherry

    Daricia McKnight
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    April cherry blossoms in Charlotte, NCA little too saturated, huh? It's just hard to get the petal edges to show up, and I wanted to keep the photo as bright as possible, so this is the way I decided to go with it. Sometimes the feeling you get from a plant is better represented with these tweaks added than from the photo straight out of the camera. Especially my camera. ;)Happy Friday!~ Daricia
  • Beautiful Bulbs

    Daricia McKnight
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:58 pm
    During some of the coldest, most miserable days of winter this year, I had this little bulb garden to keep an eye on, and all these beautiful blooms to look forward to.Living Gardens sent it to me with instructions to water it and keep it in a cool room. I had just the place, I thought, and put it on my enclosed porch. The temperatures there are always above freezing, but sometimes not much—it took weeks longer to bloom than had been indicated.Maybe 45 degrees was a little cooler room than they had in mind, but it has helped the blooms last a long time and kept the heavy scent of the…
  • Remember This Next Fall

    Daricia McKnight
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ruby Giant Crocus.My yard is abloom. You would think it's spring already! It did feel like it today with temperatures in the 70s.This year the daffodils all bloomed at once and the King Alfreds are larger and more floriferous than ever before. Maybe it was the extra cold period we had? Or the abundant rain last spring? Whatever it was, it's time to appreciate them, and all the other blooming bulbs.I added pink daffodils to my garden a few years ago and I love them! One day I'll have as many of those as the yellow ones I hope.Pink Charm DaffodilConjoined twins!Delnashaugh DaffodilDelnashaugh…
  • Native Plants of the Southeast—We have a winner!

    Daricia McKnight
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
    Coastal plain Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium dubium) with yellow swallowtail butterfly.Taken from Native Plants of the Southeast(c) Copyright 2014 by Larry Mellichamp. Photo by Will Stuart.  Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved..By random number generator, our winner for Native Plants of the Southeast is #1—Roseann Blacher! Congratulations, Roseann! Roseann's favorite place to visit native plants is The Pocket, north of Rome, Georgia. She also mentioned the Berry College campus which I just happen to have a…
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  • Hardscaping vs Softscaping

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    If you’ve been looking into landscape design or exterior home improvement, you’ve most likely heard the terms hardscaping and softscaping. Well, that’s because every landscaping project can be broken down into these two aspects: hardscaping and softscaping. So, what is the difference and how can you use it to plan your own design? Let’s take […]
  • Design of the Month: The Kearl Residence

    admin
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am
      Our featured design for the month of June is a full backyard renovation in Shadow Hills! The project includes a pool and spa, fire pit, covered patio space, outdoor kitchen and even a basketball court. We’re very excited about this one and hope you enjoy it! Scroll down to see a time-lapse video we […]
  • Pacific Outdoor Living Teams up with The Fish Tank Kings

    admin
    12 May 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Nat Geo Wild’s Fish Tank Kings returned for its 3rd season last week and Pacific Outdoor Living will be featured in an upcoming episode, titled The Fish Whisperer and featuring celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan! The Fish Tank Kings features a group of aquarium specialists as they aim to construct some of the most creative […]
  • 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Pacific Outdoor Living celebrates its 15th year at Showcase! We are very proud to have been a part of such an amazing organization for so many years, and for the chance to work with such a dedicated and talented group of individuals. Here’s to 15 more amazing years! The Pasadena Showcase House of design is […]
  • Which Landscape Design is Right for You?

    admin
    17 Jan 2014 | 1:25 pm
      When it comes to remodeling your backyard or making changes to your patio, you’re presented with an unlimited number of choices regarding the style, colors, materials and overall design. The best way to begin is to choose the landscape style you like the best and design within its guidelines. Of course, these styles don’t […]
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    Lead up the Garden Path

  • Perfume on the breeze in the night.

    Pauline
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Last week when we were having thunder and lightning after we had gone to bed, I woke with the noise and the lightning flashing round the room, someone else slept through it all! Even though the window was wide open, it still felt too hot with the curtains closed. I got up to open them and was greeted with the most delightful perfume which I recognised straight away, the honeysuckle over the arbour in the gravel garden at the back. This is a view from one of the spare bedroom windows, looking down on the honeysuckle covered arbour. It also has the Golden Hop at the far side and the tree at the…
  • Foliage for July GBFD.

    Pauline
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Thanks to Christina, we are now focusing on the foliage in our gardens.  Flowers are everywhere and  it is hard  to focus on the leaves, but some of them are so beautiful, it is a shame they get overlooked in summer. Alchemilla mollis always catches the eye after a shower of rain, or even a thunderstorm which we had the other night, complete with lightning. Miscanthus malepartus makes a lovely fountain shape, not flowering yet, but it will be soon. In front the purple leaf belongs to a Cotinus which has flopped in all the rain, a bit of staking needed. This is part of the crescent shaped…
  • July is the month for …..Day lilies.

    Pauline
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    More and more day lilies or Hemerocallis, open their flowers during the month of July. They bring such colour to the borders while the roses are having a rest before flowering again. They are so easy to grow and don’t seem to mind my heavy soil which is good. When I find something that likes it, I try to find any cousins of theirs that might also enjoy the same conditions, hence I seem to have gathered quite a few over the years, but can’t remember many of their names unfortunately. This is a small one that is on the rockery by the alpine scree. Catherine Woodbury, I suppose I…
  • Red, White and Blue. G.B.B.D July

    Pauline
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    When taking photographs for July’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, it dawned on me how many flowers there were in the garden, in the British patriotic colours of red, white and blue. Crocosmia Lucifer has just started flowering up by the pond and takes the eye as soon as you step into the garden by the back door. Backlit by the sun, some of the petals look yellow. But surrounded by green, it is bright red. All the Hemerocallis are starting to flower now, I think this one is H.Stafford, which is slightly different from the previous one, it has thinner petals. Candelabra Primula Inverewe has…
  • It can’t be 48 years!

    Pauline
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    It can though. Forty eight years ago today, there we were, young and innocent, getting married! We have just had a lovely day out  visiting a garden in the Dartmoor area and then having a fantastic lunch in a nearby hostelry. The under gardener managed to find a super garden, Winsford Walled Garden, he did well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been an historic productive garden from 1890′s but abandoned during the war.It has been recently restored and records show that it was formerly an exotic flower garden. I could tell straight away that this was going to be a good one. There were a…
 
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    Garden Walk Garden Talk

  • Garden Walk Buffalo – Small Space Gardening

    Donna Brok
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    There is nothing to compare with color in the urban gardens of Buffalo. Garden Walk Buffalo is in a class by itself for originality and the most optimal use of small space gardening. No fear of color with the colorfully … Continue reading →
  • Photo Blogs – Not What I Thought

    Donna Brok
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Micro Nikkor 105mm I always thought photo blogs were smoking hot in high visitation numbers. I even thought they were popular among those photo snatchers too. I always assumed garden blogs were much less visited. But what floored me… was … Continue reading →
  • Meadows – Natural and Man-Made – Is There a Difference?

    Donna Brok
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do you have enough nerve to grow a natural meadow in your front garden? One homeowner on the Parkside Garden Walk did. Let's explore meadow making. Continue reading →
  • Angry Red-tailed Hawk Conundrum – Day 2

    Donna Brok
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This hawk has been angry and battle worn for two days now. I posted it on Nature and Wildlife Pics and some of you may have seen the photos of the angry hawk. It was bothering me why I have … Continue reading →
  • Making a Garden that Welcomes Wildlife – Warner Gulf Gardens

    Donna Brok
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This garden has it all! It is heaven on earth to live in such a special spot, complete with everything to make peace with nature and wildlife. No pesticides were ever used on this piece of paradise. Want to take … Continue reading →
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    Gardenerd

  • The New Drought Landscape

    Christy
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Water, water, everywhere…well, not so much anymore. States like California and Texas are suffering severe drought conditions and gardeners are rising to the occasion by swapping out thirsty lawns for drought tolerant plant material. A new phrase, “drought shaming” is … Continue reading →The post The New Drought Landscape appeared first on Gardenerd.
  • Saving Carrot Seeds

    Christy
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Carrots are fun to grow at home and if you’re lucky, some of them will bolt to seed at the end of the season. Then, if you grew an heirloom or open pollinated variety, you can save those carrot seeds. … Continue reading →The post Saving Carrot Seeds appeared first on Gardenerd.
  • Ratatouille, RatItalian-Style

    Christy
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    When I saw that Smitten Kitchen recreated the ratatouille recipe from Pixar’s animated film of the same name, I couldn’t resist making it. But there’s one caveat: I don’t care for peppers, which traditionally show up in this dish. So … Continue reading →The post Ratatouille, RatItalian-Style appeared first on Gardenerd.
  • Homemade Fruit Fly Traps

    Christy
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    They’re everywhere! Tiny, annoying fruit flies, that is. They’re trying to get into our tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, and plums. They’re even breeding in our compost bucket. What to do? Break out the big guns. The lowly fruit fly has a … Continue reading →The post Homemade Fruit Fly Traps appeared first on Gardenerd.
  • Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce

    Christy
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Italians believe that San Marzano tomatoes are the only tomatoes for making sauce. I’m Italian, and I’ve made sauce with just about any tomato I can get my hands on, but this year we grew San Marzano tomatoes for the … Continue reading →The post Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce appeared first on Gardenerd.
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    A Verdant Life

  • Summertime at the Home Office

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    At the heart of it, my job is about improving quality of life: whether it's "just" a garden that's pretty to look at, or a landscape that invites — or even compels — us to spend more time out in the fresh air and sunshine. And while spring and fall are particularly easy on the eyes, summer can't be beat for truly living outdoors. Ironically, though, summers tend to be my busiest time of year,
  • A Thing of Beauty

    2 Feb 2014 | 10:40 am
    The most beautiful thing in my front garden this morning? That wet thing in the upper right.
  • How to Reduce Your Water by 20%

    29 Jan 2014 | 2:48 pm
    On Friday, Governor Brown declared a drought emergency, and asked Californians "to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent".  So how do you do that? It sounds intimidating — especially when you're already pretty water-conscious and already harvesting low-hanging fruit like fixing leaky faucets and using a broom rather than a hose to clean off your driveway. But it's actually not that
  • Climate Zones 101

    22 Aug 2013 | 10:52 pm
    Sandy soils, dry winters—we're not in Palo Alto any more! This week I was down at the San Diego Botanic Garden, where the differences between the Encinitas climate and the Palo Alto one I live in were on full display. For landscape designers like me who grew up reading the Sunset Western Garden Book, the concept of climate zones is second nature. But for plenty of other folks, it's about as
  • California's New(ish) Irrigation Laws

    15 Feb 2013 | 1:59 pm
    Although California has legislated landscape irrigation for a few years now, most of us haven't noticed it… until now. But suddenly, homeowners applying for construction permits are getting the unpleasant surprise that a whole package of landscape documentation, including irrigation and planting plans and a slew of math, may be required as part of the permit submittal. What the…?!? A brief
 
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    Beautiful Wildlife Garden

  • Just in Time for National Moth Week

    Loret T. Setters
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    The third annual National Moth Week is winding down.  This year it started last Saturday July 19 and runs through this coming Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The inaugural celebration was back in 2012 and I highlighted some of my favorite moths at the time in my weekly article. Moths serve as food for reptiles, birds […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly

    Kathy Vilim
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • The Wildlife Nursery

    Donna Donabella
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • The Good in Grapevines

    Loret T. Setters
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

    Jesse Elwert
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
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  • Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Posted by cookinwithherbs While all of our gardens are peaking right now, here is a garden you might want to take a closer peek at--the Nation's Kitchen Garden. Did you know that you can arrange a date for a private tour of the White House Kitchen Garden during this summer season? Last week, I went with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America and we had the whole garden to ourselves (well of course, we were accompanied by some security as well as a guide)!
  • Start Your Own Worm Compost Bin

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Posted by yourownvictorygarden Building your own worm compost (vermicompost) bin is an easy way to get a continuous supply of this great organic fertilizer.
  • Eating Bugs for Fun

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Posted by WesternGardener Even if you've been vegetable gardening for a just a short time, you've probably tasted a few bugs without knowing it. Now’s your chance to sample beetle larvae, crickets and mealworms for the fun of it at the 2014 edition of the Denver County Fair.
  • Planning a Brand New Home Orchard

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin Brand new farm. Brand new home orchard.
  • Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Posted by WesternGardener Why choose between an ornamental garden or an edible one? Here’s a simple planting idea for a different take on a hanging basket.
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    The Gardening Blog

  • The Mouse and the Provita

    Barbara
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I am having so much fun with this little mouse who lives under our outside deck! He is the smallest of the bunch (family of 5!!) and he has been appointed the official Provita Scout! That’s why I named him Scout! Today was so funny!! I thought, what would he do if I held onto the Provita………     This was day two……. Scout the mouse was at my finger!!
  • The Mouse Whisperer

    Barbara
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    This is the cutest thing! I have a family of striped field mice living under our outside deck and every day I throw them a Provita cracker. Lately, they have been waiting for me. I always whistle and make a “Provita feeding time” sound, so I decided to try hand feeding today. The smallest mouse – I call him Scout because he is the one they send out to collect the food [...]
  • May Day Blooms

    Barbara
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I have been so amazed with the weather we had in May and early June. We had sunny & warm days and wet & windy days as well as snow-on-top of Table Mountain days!!! And this can all happen in one week!! The garden takes a real knock, though! The big confusion happens when the peach tree is dropping its autumn leaves and then, ….out of no where a PINK BUD! A [...]
  • Garden revamp for water wise gardening

    Barbara
    25 May 2014 | 6:35 am
    Hi all my gardening friends!!!! I have been re-vamping the garden so that 2014 is going to be a water-wise and energy efficient year! One of the reasons I fell off the radar!! All the work was done by my hubby, Hannes, and myself so any extra free time was spent fixing and building! I am going to share with you the front garden changes and the new addition of our rain [...]
  • Badboy bugs

    Barbara
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:10 am
    This last season I hardly had any problems with beetles, bugs, caterpillars and aphids in my garden. The ones that did come by uninvited, they didn’t leave too much damage – almost as if they were being polite. The aphids were devoured by ladybugs and the caterpillars were hand-picked and “placed” elsewhere (the chickens don’t like the furry, colourful squigglies) But these little nasties destroyed my rocket OVERNIGHT!! My sweet rocket and [...]
 
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    Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

  • Small Patch Green, Value of Reconciliation Ecology and Wildflower Plantings

    Kevin Songer
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Wildflowers can help save the world.   But instead of telling the world how, we are hiding the truth.  For any movement to succeed, there must be widespread grass roots support for the cause.  Today much thought is centered around watershed, large contiguous and greenway ecology.  This may be all and well except large continuous tracts become […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • Talk About It!

    Steven Paulsen
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am always surprised to hear how many people have an interest in the idea of Native Plants. Not just the fact that they are out there, but where they are, what they do (for humans and wildlife), what we can eat or use as medicine, wildlife that will be seen if a plant is […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • They Only Come Out at Night

    Sally Roth
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
      When the sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out, most of us retreat indoors. Time to kick back with TV and Facebook and whatever else keeps us busy ‘til bedtime. If you put down that remote for a minute, though, and step outside, you’ll find a whole other world of nighttime critters out […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • A Native Garden Goes to Church

    Suzanne Dingwell
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    To get ready for church, the garden had to be dressed in its finest. Only native plants were fine enough, of course. The garden selected colorful natives, and ones with graceful forms and varied textures. Churches always want more visitors, so the garden carefully chose plants that would bring plenty of new attendants; butterflies and […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
  • Privacy Screening in Your Native Plant Garden

    Debbie Roberts
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    A common request among many of my garden design clients is evergreen screening. Whether it’s to keep the neighbor’s from peering in or to keep my clients from seeing out to their neighbor’s gardens, it seems many gardens just don’t offer enough privacy. It can difficult when you’re designing a habitat garden with native plants […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you think by leaving a comment at this post
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    Big Blog Of Gardening

  • Garden Pond Plants: Which are Best?

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Big Blog Of Gardening How to choose the right aquatic flora to not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but its bio-functionality too! Continue reading → Garden Pond Plants: Which are Best?
  • My Favorite Garden Herbs and How To Grow Them

    Dr. Leonard Perry
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Big Blog Of Gardening The best and most useful herbs to grow in your garden, from Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont. Continue reading → My Favorite Garden Herbs and How To Grow Them
  • Knock Thistle Out Of Your Garden For Good Without Herbicides

    Todd Heft
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Big Blog Of Gardening I have a lot of experience ridding Thistle from gardens, and it's not impossible if you're willing to do a little work when it first appears. Continue reading → Knock Thistle Out Of Your Garden For Good Without Herbicides
  • Four Reasons To Invest In Non-GMO Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds

    Guest Author
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Big Blog Of Gardening There is a lot of interest in survival seeds, as we may experience a catastrophe which would require massive replanting of our food supply. Continue reading → Four Reasons To Invest In Non-GMO Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds
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    Nigel Gnome grows a vegetable

  • July, it's all upward and onward from here

    Nigel Gnome
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The shortest day has been and gone, I always feel happier knowing that the days will start to grow longer and soon things will be popping and bursting all over the place! :)The tender stem broccoli plants have been producing very well, once the main head is removed the side shoots need almost daily harvesting.Main head still smallishThe side shoots after an earlier decapitation.Each and every garlic clove has sprouted and are growing well, I'll wait till September/October before adding a good layer of sheep pellets to give them a strong growth burst for…
  • Jumping into June!

    Nigel Gnome
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    That went fast, one minute May, next minute June. Still surprisingly mild, so far only one frost. Tenderstem broccoli are forming small middles, the plants look nice and sturdy.I had prepared a bed for the garlic last weekend with compost and granular Thrive fertilizer. I laid a pattern of sticks to space the cloves just nicely, 45 nice fat ones (bought from Mitre 10) in all. Trellis bits marking out the planting gaps, cloves happily in bed :)There are beautiful lemons on the tree, and it also has flowersLemon flower after rain
  • Gently moving toward winter

    Nigel Gnome
    7 May 2014 | 3:19 am
    Nice late autumn changes in the forest pansy tree and a sudden dearth of cabbage white butterflies seem to be making winter's coming real. Have committed to a Valencia orange tree in the front lawn to provide privacy as well as something useful. Started having a small fire a few nights ago and from now it will become a daily ritual. Nice.Have planted 36 odd red onion seedlings and a handfull of coriander, the beans have been flowering really well and beetroots/broccoli/leeks are growing strongly, all good before the cold really comes. The theory is that it's s'posed to be a mild warm winter,…
  • Marching to an end

    Nigel Gnome
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Yes another month gone and another summer also passing. The tomato plants are gone and the big bean climbing frame too. I poked a hole through the water mains again, so this time we had the plumber put in a tap at the repair point. And to make sure I never poke another hole again I have made a small path extension to cover it over.New garden pathA very good tree person came to remove the rest of the poor Titoki tree in the front yard, still not used to the amount of extra sky we see now. There's a great pile of very good firewood to be sorted though. There is now room for serious…
  • The sound of summer

    Nigel Gnome
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The cicadas have really started to sing now, it does feel like summer as the temperatures are into the 24-27C range most days. The humidity has been quite high which makes it all very close and uncomfortable. The plants however are loving it and we have a major tomato mountain we are all helping to consume. So far a chutney sauce has been made as well as a large batch of butter chicken sauce and also a lot just pulped and reduced before freezing. The long shaped roma tomatoes do make a very nice rich red sauce. Ripening tomsBusy bumble bee on the chive flowersThe black krim tomatos are lowly…
 
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    Flowerona

  • Flowerona Reflects…on the month of July

    Rona
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It’s been a very special month, in more ways than one. I thought I’d start off with this short video. (If you receive my blog posts via email, here’s a link.) Making this video, I realised that I’ve got lots to learn! This one was taken on my iPhone. The next one, I’m planning on using my camera. I also need to sort out lighting and wear more make-up! But it’s my first small step into the world of ‘vlogging’. This is what else I’ve been up to this month… Out & About Held our first Social Media for Florists workshop in London…
  • The Flower Bird at A Most Curious Wedding Fair – April 2014

    Rona
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Back in April, I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Williams of The Flower Bird when I visited A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London.  And today’s Wedding Wednesday blog post features my photos of the wedding flower designs on her stand. I loved the relaxed, informal style of her arrangements, featuring a colour palette of purple, orange and a splash of cerise pink! And yes, I spotted a little ‘flower bird’ too, nestling amongst one of the floral designs! If you’re looking for more wedding flowers inspiration, do pop over to The Flower Bird website. And you can…
  • Flowers@Oxford…an international floral extravaganza: August 22nd-24th 2014

    Rona
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    You may remember that back in 2011, I visited Flowers at Chicheley Hall? Well, one of the co-organisers of the event, Judith Blacklock, has another floral show lined up called Flowers@Oxford. It’s taking place from August 22nd-24th at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford University college, renowned for its beautiful gardens on the bank of the River Cherwell. Flowers@Oxford promises to be the largest and most innovative show of cut flowers that has ever been seen in the UK. The college’s gardens and punts will be transformed with floral installations created by designers and…
  • Flowerona Links: With flower beards, DIYs & a fandango…

    Rona
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here’s this Sunday’s floral links for you to enjoy! General The latest bizarre viral male fashion trend Fabulous interview with Jai from Hermetica Flowers Portraits of three sporting heroes made using flowers Wonderful floral designs in this Free Spirit Style Shoot Farmer & the florist interview – Ariella Chezar – via Floret Sunflowers – my new report for New Covent Garden Flower Market DIY Fresh flower light A flower fandango with the travelling Floral Circus Weddings Stunning blooms at this South Carolina…
  • Florist Friday: An exclusive interview with Paula Pryke OBE

    Rona
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Last month, I was so thrilled to hear that florist Paula Pryke had received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List! And I can’t tell you how honoured I feel today to feature this interview with Paula… How did you get started in the flower business? It all started with a flower demonstration in Chigwell! Funnily enough, it was a demonstration by Michael Goulding who also got an OBE in 1990, but very sadly passed away last year. I was just mesmerised by this charming man and his spectacular flower displays. Interestingly, he was also a great influence on one of my…
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  • Curbing Fast Grass

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Is your grass growing too fast? It’s not a silly question (well, not usually). Grass that grows too fast can be difficult, but not impossible, to maintain. First thing first: If your grass does seem... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Start Planning for Fall Lawn Care

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s late July.  We still have plenty of summer left to enjoy. Most people are not ready to think about fall just yet. Yet if you are a homeowner with a lawn, now is a good time to think about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cleaning Up After a Storm

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    Summer is here and while that means ballgames and trips to the beach, it can also mean thunderstorms. Depending on where you live, some of these storms can be severe and cause quite a bit of damage.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Solving Those Lawn Problems

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    We all want a great looking lawn. We also know that a healthy, green lawn takes some work. Luckily, we live in a time when the hard labor of heavy-duty lawn work has been eased somewhat by the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Different Types of Sprinkler Timers

    18 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    Sprinkler timers are a tremendous tool for making sure your lawn is getting the right amount of water. A great lawn sprinkler system takes much of the guesswork out of wondering when to water your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Puppy Proofing Your Garden

    Elizabeth DeFriest
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    We’re getting a puppy (that’s him on the left). Which is incredibly exciting – but also unsettling. While my family counts down the days before the little fellow is old enough to leave his litter to move in with us, I’m standing out in the garden wondering if the fence around the vegetable garden is high enough; whether I can train The Puppy to respect (and not eat) the chickens; and how likely it will be that he sticks to the paths or forges his own through my beautiful garden beds? (I think we all know the answer to that.) Yes, I am preparing for losses and disasters, but I also…
  • Garden Photos We Love

    judieyeg
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    It’s that time of year when many of our fans and home garden testers send us photos of their favorite plants and we thought our readers might enjoy seeing them too! Our first set of 3 container garden photos are from Alison Conliffe’s blog, Bonney Lassie.  Her blog is filled with gorgeous photos and we hope you’ll visit it too!  If you like these photos, you’ll love her others too! From Bonney Lassie blog: Canna ‘Tropicanna’ is fabulous, and likes wet feet too. It’s planted in a container with no drainage holes.   Potted Tropicanna Canna from…
  • Controlling Japanese Beetles Naturally

    judieyeg
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    They’re back!  Just when we thought that perhaps the harsh winter had saved us from our annual scourge of these destructive pests, they’ve arrived in their full glory, chomping our roses, grape vines and a whole range of plants! Japanese beetles use pheromones to attract their friends to this popular shrub rose! There’s no easy way to control Japanese Beetles, but there are a few ways to lessen their impact. There are plenty of chemical-based products on the market today but unfortunately there aren’t many natural controls that are totally effective, but here are a few suggestions to…
  • Mixing Roses In

    Your Easy Garden Team
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    If you haven’t been to Wisley in the UK, go. As you’d expect, it’s an extraordinary garden, filled with gorgeous landscape moments. It’s the work of the Royal Horticultural Society which carries international punch for good reason. I visit often because I can, and because I want to. And each time I go I come away with a fresh view. A fresh take on a rose garden – at Wisley the massed plantings are bold and not just roses. A visit or so ago I saw that they had completely turned their rose garden on its head. No longer happy to grow the rose collection in the traditional format…
  • Make a Teensy Mini Garden

    Elizabeth DeFriest
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    If at some point in your childhood there were faeries living at the bottom of the garden, then you’ll appreciate this project – I call it a doll’s house garden. Why? Well, it’s a green space in miniature. It’s incredibly fun (and easy) to create and maintain. And it’s a nice fit if your gardening space is limited to a balcony or courtyard. Yes it’s out there on the whimsy scale, so if you’re too shy to put it on public display, it also happens to be portable and can easily be tucked out of sight when necessary. Of course you could do what I did – claim that I made it for…
 
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  • A Favorite Miniature Garden Tree: The Tansu Japanese Cedar

    Janit Calvo
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A Favorite Miniature Garden Tree: The Tansu Japanese Cedar I was cleaning up our in-ground miniature garden the other day and found this miniature garden gem, our Tansu Japanese Cedar, (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu’) growing happily in the back corner underneath a big Azalea. We’ve had an incredibly dry summer, but the Tansu is now established […]
  • Online Gardening: Are We Growing Experts?

    Janit Calvo
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Originally posted on The Mini Garden Guru - Your Miniature Garden Source:Happy Fourth of July West Seattle! Let’s be careful out there. Adirondack chair is 3.5 inches tall. A Garden For All: Growing experts? By Janit Calvo July 3, 2009 An online friend, and one of my sources for inspiration for my business, Barbara…
  • Miniature Gardening: Get Outside and Play

    Janit Calvo
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Miniature Gardening: Get Outside and Play It was when I first moved to Seattle that I found myself looking at my container garden and wanting something to do. The plants were trimmed, watered and fluffed, the pots rearranged, the veggies were fertilized, weeded and growing. There was nothing to do. I wanted to be in […]
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  • First Artichoke Flower – Wordless Wednesday

    Laila Noort
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
  • Too many Apples on a Tree

    Bridget Elahcene
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Every week I email a gardening question to the panel of experts at BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Garden Party and then eagerly listen to the programme the following day, scribbling down the gems of information they kindly offer. Sometimes Laila sends a question or two as well. This is a transcript of the advice that The Garden Party experts gave us on this week’s gardening challenge! My Question: Hello Thunderfairy and the Garden Party experts. We have a Greensleeves variety apple tree that we planted about four years. This year, for the first time, it is brimming with beautiful large green…
  • Q is for Quinsy-berry – Word Up!

    Bridget Elahcene
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Quinsy-berry The ancient name for the blackcurrant – possibly derived from a medicinal use as a treatment for a throat infection.
  • Wildflower Meadow in full Bloom

    Laila Noort
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Remember we sowed a wildflower meadow in March? We sowed perennials indigenous to the region and suitable for the heavy clay soil we have here. As this wildflower meadow will take a while to grow we have also, as suggested by the eco nursery man, sown a mix of annuals like cornflower, poppy,  camomile, cow soapwort, corn marigold and a few others. Bonus As you may remember, we moved into our newly built house last November having a back garden consisting of one very large slap of brown clay. We sowed the meadow seeds at the back of the garden and sowed grass in front to create a lawn.
  • First Blueberry of the Season – Wordless Wednesday

    Laila Noort
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
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    The Hortiholic

  • Garden Training for Excess Raining

    Tony Fulmer
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    I thought I had a handle on just how wet the summer has been. My rain gauge (that measures 100ths of an inch, I'm proud to say) recorded 9.30" for June. I just spoke with a fellow horticulturist who was telling me that she was pruning and found gangs of slugs hiding in yew branches four feet off the ground. We've revealed a new definition of saturation point: So wet that even slugs seek higher ground!Short of dragging water-soaked containers under overhangs or setting up umbrellas over drought-tolerant perennials, there's only so much a person can do to stem the flood waters. Here are a…
  • Japanese (Maple) Spoken Here

    Tony Fulmer
    8 May 2014 | 5:33 am
    'Koto-No-Ito'. 'Osakazuki'. 'Asahi zuru'. 'Beni maiko'. 'Shishigashira'. 'Oridono nishiki'. 'Seiryu'. 'Inaba shidare'. These Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) names are, of course, beautiful in their own right. The beauty of the trees exceeds even the elegance of their names.Feel the thickness of a Japanese maple leaf, especially a cutleaf (dissectum) type, and it doesn't take much imagination to understand how they might sunburn or get wind-tattered if planted in the wrong place. For that reason I'm especially happy when someone says they want a Japanese maple and have an east-facing exposure.
  • Winter, Bunnies & Ice - Not So Nice

    Tony Fulmer
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I wish I had never ended the last post with, "Here's hoping the spring thaw brings you a garden unfazed by winter weather." Talk about a jinx- geez! If your garden escaped without burned evergreens, a moldy lawn, broken branches, shrubs girdled by rabbits, roses that appear dead... Well, run and get a lottery ticket, 'cause you're one of the lucky ones.Let's not dwell on how our plants got in this fix. We know how it happened. Let's get to solutions. There are some symptoms that we can be proactive about. Other damage is going to require patience and a wait-and-see-what-happens…
  • What to Know about Plants and Snow

    Tony Fulmer
    20 Jan 2014 | 10:08 am
    Recent snowfall and record-shattering temperatures are impossible to ignore. Can you imagine being a plant out in those conditions 24/7 with your roots in wet, frozen ground, snow knee high, and the rest of your "body" exposed to brutal winds? It certainly goes beyond my definition of chilling.What's a plant to do? There is good news. Snow is an incredible insulator. So, things like perennials and shrubs that are buried under snow are really safer than tender stems that are above the snowline exposed to the full force of below-zero temperatures and wind. Further, plants recognize real air…
  • TO YOU: Clean Air..... FROM: Hardworking Houseplants

    Tony Fulmer
    6 Jan 2014 | 10:06 am
    Jade PlantHave you thanked your houseplants recently for the gifts they give you? Sure, you know they produce oxygen. Did you know they're working 24/7 to detox your home? Unfortunately, I've taken them for granted, too. I water, give them periodic showers, feed regularly during the growing season, check for livestock infestations, and think that's enough. Do I consciously think about what my tropicals do for me every day besides being beautiful, calming and oxygen-producing? Not so much!Our emphasis on energy efficiency and "tight" construction comes at a cost. Toxic compounds like benzene,…
 
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  • Ornamental Grasses for the Southwest

    Paul Guzman
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Photo by PublicDomainPictures Depending on where you live many ornamental grasses for the southwest will go dormant during the winter (Herbaceous). You can cut them down low to the ground, and they will vigorously grow back during spring. These grasses are … Continue reading → The post Ornamental Grasses for the Southwest appeared first on guzmansgreenhouse.com Blog.
  • The Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant

    Paul Guzman
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Photo by wallygrom  The Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant (Caesalpinia Mexicana).  Has a yellow flower and is considered a large shrub.  Its actually pretty easy to make it grow as a small tree.  So it would be perfect for a … Continue reading → The post The Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant appeared first on guzmansgreenhouse.com Blog.
  • The Yellow Bird of Paradise Plant

    Paul Guzman
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
      The Yellow Bird of Paradise (caespalpinia gilliesii) is very drought tolerant, hardy plant for the southwest.  It has large yellow flowers and striking long red stamens.  Its great for rock, or xeriscaping gardens.  It will grow to about 5 maybe … Continue reading → The post The Yellow Bird of Paradise Plant appeared first on guzmansgreenhouse.com Blog.
  • Red Bird of Paradise for Bright Orange blooms

    Paul Guzman
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Red Bird of Paradise The Red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) also called the Mexican red bird of paradise is a beautiful bright orange flowering plant that thrives in hot warm climates.  It’s fern like small sized foliage resembles a Mesquite … Continue reading → The post Red Bird of Paradise for Bright Orange blooms appeared first on guzmansgreenhouse.com Blog.
  • Start your water garden with the right plants

    Paul Guzman
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    How to start a water garden Have you ever wanted to start a water garden or pond?  Here are some tips and advice on doing just that. Once you find out how much space you need you can start digging. … Continue reading → The post Start your water garden with the right plants appeared first on guzmansgreenhouse.com Blog.
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  • Have you seen our Gazopy?

    Primrose
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    What’s a gazopy? It’s what we think our Harlington gazebo-canopy should be called! Made from steel, it’s perfect for a party or simply to create an outdoor living space for your family and friends to enjoy whilst effortlessly adding style. Here’s why we think it’s marvellous: Powder coated steel frame – sturdy and long lasting Coated polyester roof canopy – durable and stylish Sleek ornate design – for a classic yet crisp finish Pegs for extra ground support – to make sure it remains firmly in place We’ve also got matching sidewalls…
  • Make your neighbours jealous!

    Primrose
    4 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    We’ve created our collections around what’s hot in trend this year. Whether you’re after deep mocha, sage or forest green, or a vibrant purple – we’ve got what you need to make Roger and Julie next door jealous. A selection of our collection is below and the other colours are easily found from each product. Get £5 for your photos! Have you recently purchased a product from us? We would love to see your photos and share them with other customers. If you send us pictures of your Primrose products in your home or garden we will pay you £5 for each photo that…
  • Here’s how to tackle your garden!

    Primrose
    2 May 2014 | 4:38 am
    Yes, we know it’s going to be bad weather this weekend, but you know as well as us that it’s time to get out there and get started in your garden! Here’s a selection of our Primrose garden hand tools which are designed by gardeners for gardeners and perfectly up to the job. We’re really quite proud of them and here’s why: Lightweight yet strong - perfect even for kids Durable and rustproof - so you can see your task through Weatherproof - just in case you forget it in the English summer Wood is FSC certified - wood is sourced responsibly We’re so…
  • Win a Cadac Gas BBQ worth £450!

    Primrose
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    This Cadac gas barbecue is just one of the many we stock – there are over 125 barbecues on our site! Cat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter. She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening. She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events. See all of Cat’s posts. Filed under: Barbecues, Cat, Promotions Tagged: barbecue, barbecues, bbq, bbqs, cadac, competition, gas barbecue, primrose, primrose.co.uk, win
  • Happy Easter from Primrose!

    Primrose
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Whether you’re celebrating with family or just relaxing, we hope you’ll have a fantastic time this Easter holiday. If you’re looking for a day out this Easter and are local to the Henley-on-Thames area, we’d love to see you stop by our new concession area at Toad Hall garden centre. We’ve also got a voucher for a free tea or coffee on us. Read more about it in our blogpost. Still missing some essential items to make your garden look as beautiful as it deserves to be? Take a look at our popular categories below to get it delivered for next weekend which is looking…
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  • Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich Recipe

    ChickenWaterer
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Cook will tell you that the secret to making delicious food is to use the best and freshest ingredients you can get.  A BLT is no exception to this general rule.  Our family converts a typical bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich to the "Ultimate BLT" by kicking the ingredients up a notch. Now you can too...Tomatoes - Let's be candid, most tomatoes from the supermarket are hard and tasteless; they don't add much to a BLT.  But if you use a homegrown tomato, you have an entirely different experience because the sweet of the tomato compliments and balances the salty-fatty…
  • Do Chickens Sweat?

    ChickenWaterer
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Warm blooded animals regulate their body temperature through a process called evaporative cooling. For us humans, the primary means of keeping our body temperature under control is by sweating.  Specifically, the brain triggers a response that causes our pores to release water molecules that then pool on the surface of our skin. These water molecules are in constant motion and the relative speed of their motion is directly related to their temperature. Sweat is relatively hot water and so the water molecules that form on the surface of our skin are ones that are moving rapidly…
  • Top 3 Tips for Keeping Chickens Cool In Summer

    ChickenWaterer
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The dog days of summer are here making life uncomfortable for both people and chickens.  Heat can place stress on chickens, so don't be surprised if you see a drop in egg production during the summer. Although you can't control the weather, there are some things that you can do to keep your chickens comfortable and safe during these hot days. Here are our top 3 ideas for keeping your chickens cool: Ensure Ventilation -  Hopefully, you've built your coup with windows that allow you to increase ventilation in your coop. If this is the case, make sure that the…
  • Resource For Exhibiting Poultry

    ChickenWaterer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you are interested in exhibiting poultry, I wanted to share a resource with you that I discovered earlier this week.The site is called PoultryShowCentral.com and it is a great place to learn all about exhibiting poultry. The site was created by the Miller Family after they became interested in showing poultry and discovered that there wasn't a single source dedicated to the subject.The site includes a beginners guide to exhibiting poultry, a breeders directory, and there is a comprehensive calendar listing various show dates around the country.If you've ever been interested in exhibiting…
  • Five Mistakes In Chicken Coop Design

    ChickenWaterer
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    While there are many good coops sold as kits on the market today, many backyard chicken owners choose to design and build their own coop designs.  Building one's own coop can be a satisfying experience and allows owners to create a unique coop that reflects their personal tastes and budgets. However, first time chicken owners lack experience and may create coops with design flaws that make the coop unhealthy for chickens and inconvenient for the owner.To help DIY coop builders, we are providing our list of the top five design mistakes.  Top Coop Design Mistakes:Inadequate…
 
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  • At Home First Aid – Cuts.

    Growing Patch
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    At Home First Aid – Cuts. There are many things to know about first aid. From all of the wars that mankind has been in, we know a few things. First, stopping the blood loss as soon as possible is one of the most important things when it comes to a major wound. The second […]
  • Zinnia Care Guide.

    Growing Patch
    26 May 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Zinnia Care Guide.    The Zinnia is a great plant for starting gardeners. They are very easy to care for. Because of the full sun requirements that the Zinnia requires, makes it hard to over water. This flower also comes in a variety of colors, so you can be sure to match a pallet that […]
  • Vermont governor signs GMO food label into law

    Growing Patch
    12 May 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Vermont governor signs GMO food label into law Thursday,Vermont’s Governor signed a bill into a law requiring GMOs and food containing them to bare a label. Vermont is the first state in the country to enact such a law. And you guessed it, Monsanto is not happy. They have threatened to Sue the entire state of […]
  • Tomato Care Guide

    Growing Patch
    6 May 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Tomato Care Guide We all love tomatoes! Lush, vibrant, and full of life. Nothing says you have a good vegetable garden like big plump tomatoes. I love tomatoes, you can roast them to give them a very long shelf life, or can them. There are so many ways to use this great product. let’s learn […]
  • Marigold Care Guide

    Growing Patch
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Marigold Care Guide  Marigolds can help brighten up just about any space. From their soft sunny yellows to rich vibrant reds. The annual plant can help bring in summer, and keep out pests. One of the benefits to having this flower is it repels  insects fairly well. You can outline your house, or your garden with […]
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  • Foodie Gardener Design Tip: Strawberry Planters

    Shirley Bovshow
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Do you crave clean, modern design as much as you crave sweet, mouth-watering strawberries in the summer?     Plant your June-bearing strawberries in a  creamy white container that’s at least 18″inches in diameter. Place the strawberries around the perimeter of your white container and plant flowers or some basil in the middle! Beautiful, edible design.   Want more ideas? See my “vertical strawberry post!”  
  • Crab-Hatch Chile Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

    Shirley Bovshow
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
      How are your peppers growing this summer? Mine have had a difficult time taking off and I’m not happy about it, especially when I see recipes like this one!   Do you have some  home-grown jalapenos for this recipe?   Crab-Hatch Chile Jalapeño Poppers   This delicious, “Crab-Hatch Chile Jalapeño Poppers” recipe is from my friends at  Melissa’s World Produce and is featured in their book,  “The Great Pepper Cookbook.”   Carefully pick through crabmeat to clean it, gently feeling for any bits of shell with fingertips to avoid…
  • Grow Figs 101: Plant Fig Trees in Containers

    Shirley Bovshow
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    The summer heat is ripening luscious, sweet figs that are hanging from trees all over the country! There are at least 200 different varieties of fig trees commonly grown from coast to coast and many of them are planted in pots.     If there’s  a fruit tree that thrives  in the cloistered environment of a container, it’s the fig tree! Fig trees, (Ficus carica) grow rampantly in the ground and spread their roots far and wide, often becoming invasive and destructive. Not only does planting a fig tree in a container help to confine its roots, it also encourages greater…
  • Grow Bananas 101 For Food and Beautiful Plants

    Shirley Bovshow
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
      I presented on “Growing Bananas 101″ on the Home & Family show  recently and want to share some information from the segment.     Banana plants make beautiful ornamental landscape and indoor plants as well as provide one of the world’s most nutritious and delicious fruits- bananas! I feel a close connection to this fruit since my family is from Honduras, a country nicknamed the “Banana Republic!”   There are so many varieties of bananas to explore, besides the classic “Cavendish” variety most of us buy at the market.
  • HomeTalk: Garden Quiz From Foodie Gardener, Shirley Bovshow

    Shirley Bovshow
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:29 am
    I  created a quiz to test your knowledge of edible plants on HomeTalk, the web’s largest  home and garden online community. Take the quiz now and good luck. Shirley
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  • The Wonders of Using Vinegar in the Garden

    Kathy Cox
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In my quest to find better and cheaper alternatives for many a household chore, I have found that vinegar is not only great for inside the home, it has many great uses outside, in, and around the garden. First of all, a few obvious positives about vinegar: it’s cheap, you can get lots of it for just a few dollars, and every grocery store in town is going to have it. On top of that, I have never liked using chemicals in and on my yard and garden, mostly because of my children and pets, but also because of the expense. Unsurprisingly, using organic products is no less expensive. So with that…
  • Gardening Terms Everyone Should Know

    Kathy Cox
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Digging in the dirt to plant some flowers. For many of us gardeners, we probably don’t think twice when we see or hear gardening terms. Recently I was at a local nursery when I had a complete stranger ask me if I knew what perlite was. I did, so I told them and they went on their way. But this got me thinking that terms I might think of as common knowledge may not be so common after all. So here’s a list of terms we should all know. Annual: A plant that lasts only one season. Biennial: A plant with a two year life span. Perennial: A plant that lives for more than two years.
  • Growing Onions

    cjinspirations
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Growing onions can be very easy but they do require full sun.  You may have heard the term or have seen on a onion package the words “long day” or “short day”. What does the term long day and short day mean? When you are shopping for onion varieties to plant in your vegetable garden, you will often see them listed as either short-day onions or long-day onions. Which ones to grow depend upon where you live. Most onion varieties begin to form a bulb when the temperature and the number of daylight hours reach certain levels. Varieties listed as short-day onions bulb up…
  • Butterflies In a Blooming Garden

    Kathy Cox
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “The green grass and the happy skies court the fluttering butterflies.” – Terri Guillemets Let us not forget the flowers too! That is truly what the butterfly is seeking. When winter leaves and I see my first butterfly of the year, it excites me, because I know that spring has really arrived. Besides being graceful and beautiful flittering around your garden, they are extremely beneficial. They are great pollinators and the butterfly caterpillar loves to nibble on pesky insects, like aphids. Yes, they will eat some plants/leaves too, but in the whole scheme of things, the…
  • Vine Options Worth a View

    Kathy Cox
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    When we bought our current home 7 years ago, it had a two-car detached garage that we wanted to use, but it had no real driveway leading up to it, and a fir tree that we had to cut down to gain access to the garage. In doing this, it exposed us to our neighbors’ backyard, and while we had a chain-link fence separating us, it felt like a huge open gap and offered no privacy whatsoever. So I started looking at ways to offer everyone a bit of privacy. We considered putting wood slats in the fence, but I really didn’t like that look, and planting another tree wasn’t really the…
 
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  • The Power of Moss: Biophotovoltaic

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    A modern designed table that incorporates the bright green life of moss is as urban-garden-chic as you can get. But wait there’s more. The moss on this table has a job to do—and that job is to generate power. That’s … Read More...The post The Power of Moss: Biophotovoltaic appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • Using MRI Brain Scans to Co-Design Everyday Objects

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Expanding on the idea of the sharing economy where we crowdsource ideas and designs then crowdfund them into production, Dutch artist Merel Bekking brings high technology into the fold adding another dimension to this human process. Unveiled at FuoriSalone’sVentura Lombrate at Milan’s Salone de … Read More...The post Using MRI Brain Scans to Co-Design Everyday Objects appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape

    Nicole Brait
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Calochortus venustus, photo by Don M. Davis Some plants are familiar to almost everyone. But then there are those that, no matter how many great characteristics they have or how easy they are to grow, they never quite catch on. Here are five … Read More...The post Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:15 am
    What was once an historic movie theater within the green Parco Trivisio of Milan’s fashionable Brera design district, debuted last year as a secret garden and wellness concept lab for Gessi, the Italian Private Wellness Company. Photo: Gessi Appropriate to the building’s origins, the Gessi … Read More...The post A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab appeared first on Urban Gardens.
  • One Aquaponic Rooftop Farm to Go Please

    Robin Plaskoff Horton
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:21 pm
    It’s hard to disagree with the fact that urban rooftops could provide a huge playground for urban farmers. Rooftop gardens do exist of course, but in a city like New York with an endless number of industrial buildings, there could … Read More...The post One Aquaponic Rooftop Farm to Go Please appeared first on Urban Gardens.
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    The Best Gardening

  • List of Nitrogen-Fixing Plants

    john@thebestgardening.com (John & Anni Winings)
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Rhizobia bacteria are primarily responsible for pulling nitrogen out of the air and making it available to plants, which then […]
  • Rhizobia and the Protein-Makers

    john@thebestgardening.com (John & Anni Winings)
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Rhizobia Bacteria: Nature’s Fertilizer Factory Perhaps the single most applied fertilizer nutrient in all of agriculture is nitrogen. Nitrogen is exceedingly […]
  • Ajipa/Ahipa (Yam Bean, Andean Jicama) (Pachyrhizus ahipa)

    john@thebestgardening.com (John & Anni Winings)
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    There’s precious little written about the Ahipa. I’m not even sure where I first heard of it. I managed to […]
  • Tomato Cages, Trellises, or Stakes: Which is Best?

    john@thebestgardening.com (John & Anni Winings)
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all method of growing tomatoes. There are so many varieties of tomatoes and so […]
  • Growing Elderberries: How to Grow Elderberry Plants

    john@thebestgardening.com (John & Anni Winings)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Elderberries grow so commonly in the wild in much of the United States and Europe, that it almost doesn’t make […]
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    Epic Gardening

  • 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy

    Kevin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The post 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Most of us gardeners assume that the people that run our local garden center are knowledgeable and know exactly what they're selling - and for the most part, that's true.  But what happens when some of the most commonly sold plants also happen to be some of the most invasive?Due to the globalization of our society, it's become very easy to get plants from different areas of the world, grow…
  • Square Foot Gardening Giveaway

    Kevin
    21 Jan 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The post Square Foot Gardening Giveaway is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. If you’re a gardener and you’ve never heard of Square Foot Gardening…you’re missing out!  I can say with full confidence that Square Foot Gardening was the REASON I got into gardening in the first place.  It’s one of the best ways to get into gardening for beginners…but a lot of advanced and master gardeners also grow using the system year after year. It’s one of the simplest and…
  • Bluelab pH Pen Review by Epic Gardening

    Kevin
    18 Dec 2013 | 8:11 pm
    The post Bluelab pH Pen Review by Epic Gardening is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. When I started out in hydroponics, I wanted to start out cheap. I didn’t feel like blowing a lot of money on fancy gadgets or equipment – I was much more interested in hacking together components and making a system that would produce awesome plants, all for under 100 bucks. I’m still interested in that, but as time went on I became more experienced with my grows and quickly found out that there were…
  • The Kratky Method: How To Grow Food Almost Automatically

    Kevin
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:33 pm
    The post The Kratky Method: How To Grow Food Almost Automatically is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Although I already think that hydroponics is one of the most interesting, simple, and productive gardening methods out there, what continues to surprise me is the amount of innovation that happens in the field. Not too long ago I was looking for more ways to experiment with my deep water culture systems, including building a very simple hydroponics for kids project.  I wanted to keep the system as…
  • These Amazing Living Walls Make Us Green With Envy

    Kevin
    13 Dec 2013 | 5:42 pm
    The post These Amazing Living Walls Make Us Green With Envy is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. We Need More Green Walls On This Planet If we’re going to continue the expansion of urban sprawl around the world, it’s in our best interest to make it look as beautiful – and natural – as possible. As humans, we’ve increasingly moved away from natural environments in favor of grey, bleak concrete landscapes that rob us of the sights, smells, and tactile sensations of living in…
 
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    Grow Our Way

  • Organic Gardening: Why It’s Worth Your Time

    Safer® Brand
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s face it: growing an organic garden isn’t always easy. It takes time, effort and know-how to produce an abundant garden year after year, and dealing with factors such as unpredictable weather and insect invasions can be frustrating. Growing a successful organic garden also requires a great deal of planning, as well as knowledge of certain gardening techniques, including crop rotation, composting and soil management. While gardening organically can involve a great deal of work, most experienced organic gardeners will tell you that it’s a labor of love – and absolutely worth it. As…
  • Summertime Seedlings

    Safer® Brand
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to achieving organic gardening success, timing is everything. While spring is often viewed as the peak growing season, many types of plants thrive in the summertime. When planning a summer garden, be aware of the average first frost date in your region to ensure your expected date of harvest does not surpass this point. The following fruits and vegetables can be planted well into the summer season, and they’ll be fully grown in time for you to enjoy a bountiful fall harvest. Tomatoes and Eggplant – Tomatoes and eggplant have more in common than you might think. Both can…
  • Benefits of Organic Living

    Safer® Brand
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are many advantages of organic gardening. An organic garden produces tasty produce high in vitamins and minerals. Organic gardeners also reduce their family’s exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides while caring for the earth in a natural way. In addition, gardening improves your mental and physical health. Many gardeners are discovering the benefits of organic farming while learning how to care for and cultivate the land without artificial aids. Once you start organic gardening, you’ll never regret the decision. Healthy Living Organic food contains none of toxic chemicals…
  • Organic Certifications: What Do They Really Mean?

    Safer® Brand
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Organic labeling can confuse consumers, especially those new to the idea of shopping for environmentally conscious, pesticide-free foods. Exactly what does organic mean, anyway? An organic product uses production methods that conserve biodiversity, focus on renewable and sustainable resources, and encourage ecological balance. Organic products cannot use synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides or sewage sludge. Additionally, the product cannot involve irradiation or genetic engineering. Identifying Organic Products How do you know a product is truly organic or just paying lip-service to…
  • Child-Friendly Gardens

    Safer® Brand
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A child-friendly garden is a safe environment where kids can play, relax and learn gardening skills. An organic garden provides plenty of opportunities for imaginative play while reducing exposure to the many chemicals and toxins found in non-organic gardens. Pesticide-Free Gardens Chemical pesticides and insecticides have a negative effect on everyone, but children are especially at risk. A child’s developing internal organs and immune system are more sensitive to pesticide damage. In addition small children playing on pesticide-laced lawns come into greater contact with the toxins than…
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    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Veggie Garden Gallery

    Brian Vick
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden One day’s yield from the Community Kitchen Garden. The turnips were grown in the Children’s Garden by Heather Veneziano. The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers who have worked in the garden this summer including  individuals, families and…
  • Plants Can Help Keep Mosquitoes at Bay — Beat the Bugs Outside with Natural Repellents

    Jonah Holland
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    by Lynn Kirk, Public Relations Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch Summer is a delightful time to be outdoors — until you hear that all-too-familiar, high-pitched whine circling your head. Soon you feel tiny blood-sucking bites, and before you can flee, itchy whelps begin appearing on your neck, arms and legs. The dreaded mosquito has arrived, and, as luck would have it, it seldom travels alone! When used as a garden border, marigolds do double duty by also warding off unwanted insects that can damage vegetables. Mosquitoes put…
  • Community Kitchen Garden Thriving in Summer Heat, Volunteers Help with the Harvest, Weeds

    Jonah Holland
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator &  Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Community Kitchen Garden is thriving in this summer heat, and so are the weeds. That’s why we were so grateful when a team of CarMax associates showed up on Monday to help us with  a variety of  garden tasks including staking and tying tomatoes, harvesting cucumbers, and weeding. These employees harvested 100 lbs. of vegetables, supporting 400 meals. (4 oz. veggie portion per meal.) The amount of weeding they did … priceless. Be sure to…
  • 3 Tips for Water Conservation

    Jonah Holland
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  John Niemczyk, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Irrigation Technician, testing and trouble-shooting the watering system on the terrace lawn. While we might test our watering system during the day, we don’t typically water during peak daylight hours, due to loss of water through evaporation. If you look in the center of the photo you can see the Garden’s irrigation tech, John Niemczyk, just in front of the brick Robins Visitor Center, as he adjusts the Garden’s sprinkler system. Did you know that…
  • DIY Vole Cages, aka Hosta Cages

    Jonah Holland
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hosta in cages — protected from voles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Flagler Garden Horticulturist George Cowart has been fighting a battle.  A battle of the voles.  The truth is, I never met a gardener who didn’t hate voles. They are known for wreaking havoc in a garden, destroying an array of plant-life, but hostas in particular.  Shortly after meeting my father-in-law for the first time, I remember the searing image of a death-trap he showed me that he used to control the vole population in his…
 
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    The Diligent Gardener

  • Don't Overlook the First and Last Thing People See in Your Garden!

    Gaz
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    First impressions are hard to undo when it comes to people walking up to your front door. If you have buy that is in disrepair or looks shoddy, it is saying more about you than the humble fence. Thankfully, it’s not hard to make your fencing say good things about you than bad things, as long as you pay attention to it before the guests arrive.How to Make a Beautiful ImpressionYour choice of fencing can set the tone of the house. It can be as decorative or utilitarian as your heart desires. Wrought iron fencing brings some old world charm to your house facade while picket fencing is an…
  • Summertime garden checklist: How to keep on top of general maintenance

    Gaz
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    With summer underway and hot temperatures making their presence felt across the UK, your gardens could probably do with a bit of TLC. Here we provide the ultimate summer garden checklist to help you keep on top of general maintenance come rain or shine.Flowers·         Always be vigilant and look out for pesky pests such as aphids and slugs. Pesticides aren’t your only option for this, so research natural deterrents and make your garden beautiful and pest-free.·         As plants such as roses continue to…
  • Are Garden Offices Great For You?

    Gaz
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    This is quite an interesting question. Since you are here, reading these lines, it is obvious that you are thinking about the possibility of buying or building garden offices. We are faced with various different options that are available on the internet. You can now buy something that is perfect according to the wishes you may have. However, although this is the case, will garden offices be suitable for the needs you have at the moment?In order to answer this question, you need to basically take a quick look at the various options that are available for you. It is important that you think…
  • Tips for installing a pond

    Gaz
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Water features have become quite popular with homeowners who want to have a fabulous outdoor area and can be applied to both small and larger gardens.If you’re thinking of adding a water feature to your garden, have you thought about installing it yourself? With flexible liners and prefabricated pools often preferred to concrete, it’s much easier to do than you might expect.The tips in this article should provide you with everything you need to get started on your water garden. BudgetBefore you get carried away designing an extravagant water feature, it’s a good idea to take a good hard…
  • Planting that can be done on your boat

    Gaz
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:33 am
    While we spend a lot of time discussing what to add to your home garden, or the types of plants you should be aiming towards growing for each season, we wanted to veer off just a bit. We feel that a common area that can be turned into a whole new space with the help of a few plants, is the cabin area on a boat.In general these cabin areas are under deck and a bit small. On top of this, there is usually very minimal natural light coming into this area, so you must choose your plants very carefully. While we personally love seeing lush green vines growing against a dark wood finish, these…
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    Ten Minute Gardener

  • Exciting Tips And Ideas For Landscaping Projects And Outdoor Areas

    Chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    How can my yard be changed so it’s not do dull and boring? What is involved in creating a landscape which wows your family and friends? The answers to questions like this are included below in some helpful tips that will show you how to create a wonderful landscape project. Purchase at different times of the year to get good discounts. Wait until the off-season to purchase such things as shrubs, and buy trees, and don’t mulch at the height of summer. When a new species of plant is introduced, wait a year or two for their prices to fall before purchasing them. Include many…
  • Choosing The Right Kind Of Plants For Your Garden

    Chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    Gardening may seem very involved and confusing, but with a little bit of research and work, you will soon know your way around. Now that you’ve read through these tips, you can hopefully be more knowledgeable about gardening, so you can get more from it. This raises the chances of the plants will survive to adulthood. It also lets you to tighten up the time periods in your garden. Your seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your old mature plants. Your tool handles can easily be used as measuring sticks.Lay the handles upon the floor and use a…
  • Organic Gardening Tips And Tricks Just For You

    Chris
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    You are finally understood how an organic garden could save you money on groceries. The following tips and tricks will help you begin your organic gardening success. Using aspirin water can prevent certain plant diseases. Dissolve 1 aspirin (1.5 pills per gallon of water for a plant disease fighting solution. You can easily spray this on them to fight of disease. Try to apply the mixture to the plants with this around every three weeks. Don’t let the little chores in your organic garden build up. Even if you’re to busy to focus on your garden’s needs each day, do small tasks…
  • The Best Plants To Choose For A Hardy Landscaped Garden

    Chris
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Landscaping is a useful tool that one needs for a more aesthetically pleasing home. Everyone wants to make their home look great, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. This article provides some handy to respond to this issue. Continue along for great at landscaping. Before you start a new landscaping project, think about sketching out just how you envision the final product. You can also find it easier to change a sketch more easily than you can the yard after you have made the alterations. Native Plants Top Tip! There are many things to learn before beginning a landscape…
  • Looking For More Information On Organic Gardening? Consider These Ideas!

    Chris
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Gardening is often a lifelong passion, but if you do a little research, you can get started today. Now that you’ve read through these tips, you can hopefully be more knowledgeable about gardening, so you can hone your skills and turn into a wonderful gardener. Baking Soda You don’t need a costly chemical treatments for plant mildew. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda into water.Spray this on your plants once a week or until it subsides. Baking soda treats the mildew on your plants. Super Tip… Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. It is possible to…
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    Made with love and garlic

  • Keeping on top of the raspberries (or alongside them at least...)

    Catherine: Made with love and garlic
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    The number of things that I have really not been that efficient at in the garden continues to increase. It didn't occur to me, when planting my rows of raspberries in my raised sleeper beds, to string up a proper wire frame. This has resulted in having to tie new lines, made of string, across the canes I'm using as a makeshift support every week or as (the plants are shooting up at mad speeds and there are small, underripe fruits hanging in tantalizing bunches from most of the branches - I think it's possible I'll get a good crop this year even though the canes are in their first year!). Next…
  • It's all a bit of a squash in here

    Catherine: Made with love and garlic
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Oh, puns. They prompted Caligula to roast a comedian alive and Bierce to sneer at them as a “form of wit to which wise men stoop and fools aspire.” But my love of them, established early at the knee of my maternal grandfather, lives on. Puns and cracker jokes. I just can't get enough, and they spill over into all areas of my life, like when I made up herb-related puns for the herb centrepieces I grew for a friend's wedding. Still, dear readers, I'm sure you'll forgive me? Because the squash in the garden really are going crazy.One of the things I've already learned this year is that less…
  • What a difference some weeds make

    Catherine: Made with love and garlic
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Before weedingI wish that I had a massive garden. Well, a smallholding really. That's the eventual dream, to be able to potter out of our house and see our cows and sheep grazing our fields in the distance, to wander about lovely large veggie patches next to the house whilst the chickens burble away at me demanding corn. I would use a razor hoe to grab weeds when I see them and all would be in perfect harmony. Weeds creeping under the fenceBack to reality and my tiny London patio garden which has started to look really shabby around the edges. The problem? My neighbour rents his house out by…
  • How to freeze berries: making the most of a home-grown blackcurrant harvest

    Catherine: Made with love and garlic
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    One of the biggest problems with having such a tiny city garden is that you can't fit in lots of plants. This isn't a problem in itself as most plants, especially berry bushes, will crop quite heavily over the growing season. However, if you find yourself (as I do) in the first year of your garden, with immature berry bushes that are fruiting sporadically, what are you to do? Eat the berries two or three at a time as they ripen? Or save them in the freezer until I have enough for cooking?I chose the latter. I was enormously excited to see some of the beautiful blackcurrants on my Ben Connan…
  • Garden ornaments: Tacky or fun?

    Catherine: Made with love and garlic
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Royal Chelsea Flower show always makes headlines. But one last year really caught my eye. Gnomes, those maligned imps of the garden world, were making a comeback. They've never really been my sort of thing but I have to admit to thinking that no garden is complete without a spot of whimsy. I have friends with pinwheels, and even a friend with Aleksandr the Meerkat in their garden, but no gnomes have made it into our circle yet. My personal shameful preference has always been for the pink flamingo. As ludicrous in life as in plastic, they've always held a strange allure for me. I don't…
 
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    Heritage Homesteaders

  • How to be quietly subversive

    Kim Yamaguchi
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now, don’t get me wrong, a loud rebellion for the right reasons is awesome. But not all of us can (or should) always be loudly rebellious. Sometimes quiet subversion is the way to go. When it comes to our food and food choices, or farming in suburbia when it maybe isn’t always totally okay, you need quiet subversion. Things still get done, you can still change the world and you don’t get all the unwanted attention a loud rebellion can bring. For instance: Every time I pack my kids’ lunch and I pour fresh raw milk into their thermoses I give a little cackle. Now, to be…
  • My personal 365 day Homesteader challenge

    Shane Floyd
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I was originally not going to share this and just keep it quiet, but decided that  others may benefit from this, so here goes: In my early 20’s I was enlisted in the military and was in fantastic shape; I could run 5 miles with ease, and could handle the physical requirements of being in the infantry. Since getting out of the military, I have found myself not so concerned with my health and just settled into the same lifestyle choices that a shocking amount of Americans are living, as far as consumption goes. Now 20 years later I find myself: -          slightly overweight:…
  • Running with tomatoes

    dirtyfeetmaggoo
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This year I decided to try something a little different. Maybe out of sheer laziness or my desire to spend as little money as possible, either way I thought it was worth a try. It regards my tomatoes. Tomatoes are originally a wild plant indigenous to South American Andes. When they were grown in the wild, the earth did not spring forth a trellis or cage to support the plant. It sprawled and crept along the southern terrace crawling and intertwining with the indigenous varieties of foliage encompassing the earth to spring forth its bountiful harvest, which was then not regarded as a blessing…
  • Heritage Homesteaders Hop #21

    Heritage Homesteaders
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    WELCOME to the 21st edition of … Come on over to the Homestead, choose your rocking chair…a glass of tea and sit a spell! This is a Blog Hop Y’all and there are plenty of posts to keep your attention…entertain you, educate you or make you smile…all day long. Stay as long as you like; and vote for your favorite! If you are a blogger you can submit up to 3 articles, visit other blogs, leave comments and enjoy your stay here on the porch…Sundays at The Homesteaders Hop! Here on the Homestead we are all about living a self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-sustaining lifestyle in as…
  • Every bug and its uncle

    Soil Sister
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lunch, sautéd everything with garlic and olive oil. YUM! The garden is in full swing. Most days I can scrape enough for a light lunch. There are some setbacks too, especially in the pest department. Aphids, slugs, unruly chickens, beetles and crazy Predator-alien-looking devil spawn bugs. Seems like every bug and its uncle has decided to get a free meal at my expense. Since I’m trying to do this organically, it has been trial and error and lots of fails. The Aphids are the worst. I tried soapy water, and it helped, but did not eradicate. It probably just got the infernal beings squeaky…
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    No Soil Solutions

  • Ebb And Flow Hydroponics

    No Soil Solutions
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The ebb and flow, also called “flood and drain”, hydroponic system is more of an intermediate level system.  For beginners this hydroponic system may seem complex since there can be several different parts, but the concept is still pretty simple. Even with some extra parts to it, an ebb and flow hydroponic system is pretty easy to set up and afterwards, super easy to maintain. In the ebb and flow hydroponic systems the plant sits separate from the nutrient solution which is pumped into your grow bed, submerging the roots, the system then drains allowing oxygen to reach the root system.
  • Deep Water Culture Hydroponics

    No Soil Solutions
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Deep Water culture is a very popular hydroponic method for at home gardeners. Not only is it effective, but it’s an extremely easy concept to assemble and maintain. For those that are new to hydroponics, using deep water culture is a great place to start. Don’t let the ease of use fool you. The way your plants roots take off will show you how effective deep water culture works! It’s amazing watching your roots grow from a couple pieces to a giant mass. For the simplest deep water culture systems you can look at the 5 gallon bucket or tub systems. I’ve had great success growing…
  • Hydroponic Nutrients

    No Soil Solutions
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    As with all living things plants need nutrients to survive. Since hydroponics doesn’t involve using dirt which plants normally receive their nutrients from, hydroponic nutrients need to be added to the water on the hydroponic system. At first glance using hydroponic nutrients may seem a little complex, but when diving a little deeper into it you learn that most of the work is done for you. Companies that make hydroponic nutrients often have feeding schedules that they provide with exact measurements of what hydroponic nutrients to add and when to add them. By doing a little bit of homework…
  • 7 Different Hydroponic Grow Mediums

    No Soil Solutions
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Many different types of grow medium can be used in hydroponics.  There really is no right answer to the question of what hydroponic grow medium works the best. It varies depending on what you’re growing, the system you’re using, and your personal preference. There could be many grow mediums that could fit your needs which may bring it to price and availability. Here I’ll cover some of the main hydroponic grow mediums use. Rockwool Rockwool is a long used hydroponic grow medium, especially when it comes to starting plants or doing cuttings. It has to be ph balanced before use by soaking…
  • 6 Different Types Of Hydroponic Systems

    No Soil Solutions
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Different types of hydroponic systems Since there are many different options when it comes to hydroponic systems, it can be confusing figuring what the differences are. Here’s a breakdown of some different hydroponic systems: Wick System The wick system is the most simplistic type of hydroponic system requiring no electricity, pumps or aerators. It can be a completely passive system, though some people do like to use an aerator in the reservoir to add oxygen to the nutrient solution. In most system plants are placed in an absorbent grow medium like coco coir, vermiculite or perlite,…
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