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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 25, 2008

Dutch Flower Paintings

The Dutch flower paintings of the 17th Century reflected beauty, over scientific accuracy. Learn more about the Dutch, flower painting business...

December 18, 2008

The Innkeeper's Wife

In the poem, the Innkeeper's Wife, Clive Samson recalls the winter night of the nativity.

December 11, 2008

Renaissance Botanical Art

During the Renaissance, artists began to depict plants in terms of their specific characteristics and the intricacy of their composition.

December 4, 2008

The Cloisters

Learn about the Cloisters Museum and it's famous Unicorn Tapestries on this Focus On Flowers.

November 27, 2008

Ancient Floral Images

Learn about "true" botanical art on this Focus on Flowers.

November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Table

On today's Focus On Flowers, we've got a festive design for your Thanksgiving table!

November 13, 2008

Golden Wattle

Learn about the Golden Wattle of Australia, on this Focus on Flowers.

November 6, 2008

Hibiscus Heaven

Where can you find an abundance of the hibiscus? Find out on this Focus on Flowers.

October 30, 2008

Keats' Autumn

On today's Focus on Flowers, read the words of John Keats... "Ode to Autumn."

October 23, 2008

Zapping Bindweed

Having trouble with bindweed taking over your gardens? Moya explains the best way to get rid of them, on this Focus on Flowers.

October 16, 2008

Edging Paths

Learn about the importance of the pathway through your garden, on this Focus On Flowers.

October 9, 2008

Shady Ladies

On this Focus On Flowers, Moya talks about the perfect flowers for your shade garden.

October 2, 2008

Flowering Stars

When perusing for spring bulbs this fall, consider choosing flowers that are star shaped.

September 25, 2008

Pink Penny

Learn about perennial cultivars, on this Focus on Flowers.

September 18, 2008

Fall-Blooming Aconites

Learn about the Fall-Blooming Aconite on this Focus on Flowers.

September 11, 2008

Autumn Textures

In Autumn, not only do the colors in the garden seem richer and more mellow, but textures also assume a more dominant role in plantings. The tall sedums become focal points in the perennial beds with their intricate flower heads and fleshy leaves.

September 4, 2008

Imported Bulbs

Learn about the tulips of the Netherlands, on this Focus on Flowers.

August 28, 2008

Colorful Shrubs

This native grows 6-9 feet tall in full sun or partial shade and has white flowers in the Spring and then white berries later. Another possibility is Doublefile Viburnum ‘Pink Beauty' (hardy zones 4-8). Its flower clusters turn from white to pink and it has red/purple fall foliage.

August 21, 2008

Prairie Plantings

All had deep tap roots, or matted root systems that allowed them to survive drought, fire, wind and trampling.

August 14, 2008

Lusty Lilyturf

Liriope muscari has grassy foliage and spikes of blue or white flowers in the heat of late summer. It is especially accommodating as an edging or groundcover and there are some varieties with handsome variegated leaves (eg ‘Silvery Sunproof'' ).

August 7, 2008


Slugs provide food for snakes and toads. It seems like poetic justice that they get munched up as they feast on so many of our flowering plants.

July 31, 2008

Fragrant Phlox

Tall perennial Phlox plants provide extravagant summer color and enchanting fragrance. These North American natives were, like asters, taken to Europe where they were improved and then reintroduced to American gardens with more status after being celebrated abroad.

July 24, 2008

New Heucheras

Coral Bells belong to the genus Heuchera (pronounced  "whoo  kah  rah" ) and prefer rich well-drained soil in partial shade.

July 17, 2008

Color in Shade

Gardeners with shade beds are always on the lookout for flowering plants to provide splashes of color. Shade gardens under deciduous trees often have good filtered light, especially if the trees are limbed up.

July 10, 2008

Summer Colors

A poem for the colors of summer, on this Focus on Flowers.

July 3, 2008

Red Geraniums

Learn all about the red geranium on this Focus on Flowers.

June 26, 2008

Bumblebees and Snapdragons

Snapdragons depend on bumblebees for pollination, as honey bees are not heavy enough to cause the flower lip to open wide.

June 19, 2008

Baby's Breath

Baby's Breath is the common name for flowers in the genus Gypsophila, and the name was undoubtedly inspired by the sheer delicacy of the tiny blossoms.

June 12, 2008

Queen of Flowers

Learn about the "Queen of Flowers" on this Focus on Flowers.

June 5, 2008


Learn all about Cornflowers on this Focus on Flowers.

May 29, 2008

Common Names

Like people, plants have more than one formal name: the genus name, the species name and often a cultivar name, as well as common names. Learn more...

May 22, 2008

Spiraea's Assets

All spiraea shrubs need well drained soil and plenty of sun to bloom abundantly.

May 15, 2008


The orange oriental poppy (Papaver orientalis) is a drought tolerant, old fashioned staple in our perennial gardens. New cultivars have been developed so that there are now also pinks, lavenders, maroons and whites.

May 8, 2008

Discouraging Bambi

Deer will eat any plant if they are hungry enough. However, like us, they find some foods more appetizing than others. So, to discourage them, we need to populate our gardens with plants that are described as deer resistant.

May 1, 2008

Planning Ahead

Learn how to plan ahead for the Fall growing season, on this Focus On Flowers.

April 24, 2008

Spring Assessment

Learn about how to best assess your gardens for Spring, on this Focus On Flowers.

April 17, 2008

Dandelion's Lifecycle

A poem from an unknown author illustrates how the life span of each Spring bloom is compressed.

April 10, 2008

Wordworth's Daffodils

William Wordsworth immortalized the daffodil through his poetry. This time of year, Wordsworth's daffodils are blooming.

April 3, 2008

Spring Greens

Christopher Morley once said ‘April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO.'

March 27, 2008

Golden Rain Trees

The Golden Rain tree blooms in summer, so it is a good choice if you want a flowering tree for when the spring bloomers have ceased to be the focal points in a garden.

March 20, 2008

Serviceberry Trees

The American Serviceberry is a small deciduous tree with a pleasantly round top. It truly is a tree that provides interest across all seasons.

March 13, 2008

Hawthorn Trees

Although their forebears grew in the English Midlands, nowadays Hawthorns seem to us to be as American as apple pie.

March 6, 2008

Flowering Crabapples

Flowering crabapples come in over 25 hardy species of relatively small deciduous trees and are native to Northern temperate regions of the world. They are grown as ornamentals in many gardens and parks.

February 28, 2008

Kingwood Gardens

It is said that gardens don't outlive the gardener. Unfortunately, this is mostly true. However, there are exceptions and this is fortunate for those of us who love to visit well known gardens. The Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio is a spectacular garden with lots to see and do.

February 21, 2008

Pollen Carriers: From Bees to Giraffes

Flowers are essential for plants to reproduce. There are a lot of different kinds of flowers, including ones that grow on trees, that have specific characteristics that encourage pollinators to visit them.

February 7, 2008

Valentine's Day Centerpiece

Whether you are planning a romantic evening with one special Valentine, or a Valentine's Day dinner party, this floral centerpiece is perfect for the table. It is easy, economical and beautiful.

January 31, 2008

The Tulip Tree (Or Yellow Poplar, Depending On the Season)

In winter we are grateful for the permanency of our trees as we admire their vertical contributions to the landscape. However, during winter I look forward to summer when the Tulip Trees produce a beautiful display of orange flowers.

January 24, 2008

Unseasonable Thoughts

In his poem, "Unseasonable", Poet J. Barrie Sheperd laments the cold winter weather as he eagerly awaits the first Spring blooms in his garden.

January 11, 2008

Cherry Blossoms

Charles Sargent of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston imported cherry tree seeds from Japan in 1892. A particularly beautiful species of cherry blossom, noted for its abundance of single pink flowers, is named after him.

January 3, 2008

Memories Of Flowers

During winter when I can no longer tend to my garden, I often recall places where I have witnessed a beautiful display of flowers. My favorite memory to recall is my visit to Prince Edward Island in Canada.

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