African violets are native to eastern Africa and were collected in the wild during the late 19th century by Baron von Saint-Paul.
Depending on when they bloom, members of the Schlumbergera genus are called either Thanksgiving or Christmas cactuses.
There is something very satisfying about seeing second-generation plants from self-sown seeds!
For bouquets, cut the goldenrod before the buds open, when they last well and no pollen is released.
Vita Sackville-West and her husband Nigel Nicolson bought their home, Sissinghurst, in 1930 and gradually created one of the most famous gardens of all time.
Most flower gardeners have either beds or borders or both.
Recently, I’ve been digging quite a lot of holes for bulbs, and as I plant them I fantasize about how beautifully they will bloom next spring.
George Eliot wrote, “Delicious autumn! …And if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
A hard frost will kill off our annuals for good, but there are tricks we can try to get more treats from our annual purchases.