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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 26, 2013

European Mistletoe

We think of a sprig of mistletoe as something to kiss under at a holiday party, but it has a fascinating history...

December 19, 2013

Thorny Holly

Holly bushes make excellent last minute holiday gifts!

December 12, 2013

Laurus Nobilis

Laurus nobilis is the botanical name for the European species of laurel.

December 5, 2013

False Sunflowers

Commonly called false sunflowers, all heliopsis plants are North American wildflowers, and they make excellent cut flowers.

November 28, 2013

The Euphorbia Species

Herbaceous perennials that can exist with minimal water include artemisia, coreopsis, sedum, yarrow, yucca and the euphorbia species.

November 21, 2013

Exports From China

Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall flower in our Northern hemisphere gardens.

November 14, 2013

Memories

Many of us who love flowers cherish special floral memories that we hope we will never forget.

November 7, 2013

Everlasting Hydrangeas

You can never have too many hydrangea shrubs in a garden!

October 31, 2013

Is Danger Lurking In Your Yard? Wolfsbane And Monkshood

The stems, flowers, and leaves of all species of monkshood are poisonous.

October 24, 2013

Blue

I am planting more of the tiny blue scilla bulbs this year...

October 17, 2013

Cool Shade

Site each plant in a spot that fits its requirements for sun or shade, as the correct location is crucial to long-term success!

October 10, 2013

Revival Of Edith A Roberts' Garden

In 1919, Edith A. Roberts set out to document every native plant species in Dutchess County, New York.

October 3, 2013

Rejuvenation: Making An Old Flower Bed Young Again

I have just finished a complete overhaul of my oldest garden bed.

September 26, 2013

Textured Flowers

Sometimes we focus so much on the color of flowers that we forget about their other significant attributes.

September 19, 2013

Feathery Fennel

I have used fennel as filler with all sorts of flowers and have come up with some really fun arrangements!

September 12, 2013

Japanese Anemone Colonies

Japanese anemones have nice foliage that stifles weeds...and they seem intent on garden domination!

September 5, 2013

Pyracanthas' Berries Brighten Winter Landscape

Pyracantha is a shrub with evergreen glossy foliage and broad spreading growth. One disadvantage is its thorns, thus the common name of firethorn.

August 29, 2013

Ismene

Sometimes Ismene is called the Peruvian daffodil because of its shape.

August 22, 2013

Tropical Summer Bulbs Are Worth The Effort

Summer bulbs are labor intensive, as they have to be dug and stored each fall, however, they add immeasurably to the diversity of the summer garden.

August 15, 2013

Louisiana Iris 'Black Gamecock'

Louisiana iris are easy to grow in the Midwest if you have good soil, moisture and space for them to spread.

August 8, 2013

Herbal Companions Help To Fill Out A Bouquet

Just about any herb you grow can be used as filler to increase the impact of a few garden flowers in a vase.

August 1, 2013

Eye-Catching Chartreuse

I have recently become besotted with chartreuse foliage, even though, or perhaps because, it is a color that I have never been able to wear.

July 25, 2013

America's Romance

Many American gardeners have tried to imitate aspects of English gardens.

July 18, 2013

GCA: Garden Club Of America

Elizabeth Price Martin founded our nation’s first Garden Club in 1904.

July 11, 2013

Tuberose Smells So Sweet

The fragrance of the tuberose is popular with most people who’ve taken the time to stop and smell it.

July 4, 2013

Luminous White Blossoms

Repetition of white interspersed among other colorful blossoms ties plantings together.

June 27, 2013

Cutting Back

The repetitive nature of the task of cutting back plants allows me to relax.

June 20, 2013

Mature Gardens

Three years is about the time it takes for plants to settle in and grow in a garden.

June 13, 2013

A Reformed Snob

Adversity has taught this gardener to cherish every flower that blooms, no matter what its color or its smell.

June 6, 2013

Love Of The Woodland Poppy

Wordsworth obviously was as impressed with this versatile plant as we still are today.

May 30, 2013

Plant Exchanges

There are few events more satisfying than a good plant swap with serious gardeners, who don’t bring invasive species or other pests.

May 23, 2013

Fillers Supplement Flowers In A Bouquet

At certain times of the year we just don’t have quite enough flowers. This is when "filler" is really important.

May 16, 2013

Living Covers Stifle Weeds And Tie Plants Together Visually

Here are a few ground covers that I like to use to stifle the weeds and tie other plants together in a pleasing manner.

May 9, 2013

Pruning Forsythia

Some shrubs have only one season of interest and forsythia is one of them.

May 2, 2013

Impermanence

Flowers are symbols that reinforce our joys and mitigate our sorrows.

April 25, 2013

Witch Alder Is Lovely Across The Seasons

Our native witch alders are lovely additions to any garden.

April 18, 2013

Watering Tips

Newly situated plants need more frequent watering than established plants.

April 11, 2013

Drifts Of Color

Do you follow Gertrude Jekyll’s advice about always planting three, or multiples of three?

April 4, 2013

The Early White House, 1800-1809

When John Adams moved from Philadelphia to the White House, the building was still under construction and there was no sign of a garden.

March 28, 2013

Mount Vernon

At Mount Vernon, Washington created a beautiful American garden that befitted a true patriot.

March 21, 2013

Beautiful, Yet Practical

Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello combined the beautiful with the practical.

March 14, 2013

Benjamin Franklin

Our early presidents were described as nation builders, and all were passionate about plants, nature, agriculture and gardens.

March 7, 2013

Andrea Wulf's Perspective

The United States of America was established by farmers and gardeners who were very conscious of protecting their natural resources.

February 28, 2013

Founding Gardeners

While it is still too cold to work in your garden, you may enjoy reading Andrea Wulf’s informative book Founding Gardeners.

February 21, 2013

Camassia Will Tolerate Poorly Drained Sites

Camassias are delightful when grouped together in the garden or in a vase.

February 14, 2013

Iris Reticulata

The early-blooming Iris reticulata are the tiniest iris, and they bloom very early in the spring.

February 7, 2013

Spring's First Steps

“Spring comes to a garden with tentative indecisive steps. A foot is advanced and then withdrawn.” - Louise Beebe Wilder

January 31, 2013

More Plants To Avoid

More invasive plant to avoid include oriental bittersweet, garlic mustard, reed canary grass, common reed grass and the autumn olive.

January 24, 2013

Extremely Invasive Crown Vetch

This invasive legume was first planted in the United States as a control for erosion along highways and roadsides.

January 17, 2013

Invasive Purple Loosestrife

It's illegal to buy, sell or plant purple loosestrife, and It's banned in nurseries and farmer's markets.

January 10, 2013

Invasive Plants

Invasive species have many bad habits. They hurt wildlife by smothering and destroying the plants our native creatures need for food and cover.

January 3, 2013

Native Sumacs

Our native sumacs have vibrant, colorful foliage in autumn, and yet they are often overlooked as shrubs for residential gardens.

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