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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 25, 2014

Gifts To Give

A friend gave me a gardening magazine that she purchased in Britain. It's a gift that goes on giving!

December 18, 2014

Holiday Greens

Here are some tips for quick and easy and green holiday decor.

December 11, 2014

Gas Plant: Tough Little Babies

Lovely pink or white spikes of bloom and handsome foliage (that is unappetizing to deer) more than compensate for the initial anxiety this plant creates.

December 4, 2014

The Versatility Of Euphorbia

Euphorbias are becoming more popular with gardeners recently, as they are versatile, easy- to-grow and deer resistant.

November 27, 2014

Achillea Cultivars

Achillea is the botanical name for yarrow and was named after Homer’s hero of the Trojan wars-Achilles.

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Flowers and Leaves

For flower lovers, a Thanksgiving table is not complete without some blooms.

November 13, 2014

Classic Plants

Like a little black dress, some plants are classics and never go out of style.

November 6, 2014

Annuals For Pots

Now that we have had our first frosts in the Midwest, I am thinking about what to plant next year.

October 30, 2014

Agastache

This genus of plants are commonly called anise hyssops and are in the mint family.

October 23, 2014

Dark Hues

I just can’t seem to get enough of these dark-colored plants in my garden.

October 16, 2014

Smaller And Better

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October 9, 2014

Summersweet Surprises

Like good friends, good shrubs have the capacity to keep surprising us with their many virtues!

October 2, 2014

Dogbane

In my Midwestern garden amsonia's yellow foliage is a welcome accent in the late autumn landscape.

September 25, 2014

Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed has not only an unfortunate but also an inaccurate common name, as it actually does not cause sneezing.

September 18, 2014

Bog Plants

Very few plants can tolerate standing water. Here are some that can.

September 11, 2014

Shady But Dry

Some of us enjoy the serenity of gardens under large shade trees, but trees suck up a lot of moisture...

September 4, 2014

Native Wildflowers

It's best to purchase wildflower seeds and plants from nurseries that specialize in natives.

August 28, 2014

Sunny Rain Gardens

Deep-rooted native plants can absorb many inches of rain per day, dramatically reducing run-off into streets.

August 21, 2014

Xeriscaping

The word derives from the Greek word xeros, which means dry.

August 14, 2014

Strong Colors

Some flowers have intense sounding names to match their hues.

August 7, 2014

A Lacy, Graceful Shrub: Bush Clover

Use this shrub as a focal point or in a shrub border to create fall interest.

July 31, 2014

Snappy Little Turtleheads

An interesting native wildflower that grows naturally in wet meadows is chelone lyonii.

July 24, 2014

Bad For Bees

Some of the plants we buy for our gardens are pretreated with neonicotinoid pesticides that are harmful to bees.

July 17, 2014

World Association Of Flower Arrangers

Ireland concluded its tenure as the WAFA host country after the June 2014 flower show, and Barbados has begun its three year term.

July 10, 2014

Disney Topiary

In the 1960s, at Walt Disney’s request, Bill Evans and the Disney horticultural team began to experiment with topiary.

July 3, 2014

Disney Horticulture

Roughly 80% of the Walt Disney World resort flowers are irrigated using reclaimed water.

June 26, 2014

Disney World's Liberty Tree

The official Disney Horticulture logo is the Liberty Tree, and there is a story about how that choice was made.

June 19, 2014

Flower Festival At Disney World

The Epcot International Flower Show and Garden Festival is held each spring for 75 days.

June 12, 2014

Bill Evans: Disney Landscaping Legend

The landscaping at Disney Theme Parks is an integral part of the Disney experience.

June 5, 2014

Living Columns

Narrow shrubs are referred to as columnar in shape, and they are ideal for a small garden.

May 29, 2014

English Ivy

Many people think that English ivy (Hedera helix) is romantic.

May 22, 2014

Swallowtails

Adult butterflies linger in our gardens longer when we have the types of plants on which they can lay their eggs.

May 15, 2014

Baby Mums

The best time to plant chrysanthemums is now...in the spring!

May 8, 2014

Milkweed For Monarchs!

Pretty and striped, Monarch caterpillars eat various species of milkweed, so plant lots of it to entice this butterfly to your garden.

May 1, 2014

Rhymes For Kids

We're reading a group of children's rhymes about flowers and spring.

April 24, 2014

Wild Ginger

Wild ginger is one of the best ground covers for deep shade.

April 17, 2014

Spring Beauty

This wildflower self-seeds and spreads well.

April 10, 2014

Vases And Springtime "Table-Scapes"

The flowers above the neck of a vase should be about one-third of the total height of the vase plus the flowers...

April 3, 2014

Bloodroot

This dear wildflower is a national treasure and scarce in the wild, so always get plants from a friend’s home garden...if you are fortunate enough to do so.

March 27, 2014

Authors Unknown, Rhymes Of Spring

Here are some anonymous rhymes celebrating and beckoning vernal season.

March 20, 2014

Spring Musings

Focus on Flowers celebrates the arrival of spring with a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne.

March 13, 2014

Spring Yellow: ‘Tis The Little Celandine

I think more poetry has been written about spring than any other season.

March 6, 2014

A Sad Demise

It is always sad to lose a plant that you love, especially when it is hard to replace.

February 27, 2014

Rascally Ragweed

The pollen produced by ragweed is light and easily blown in the wind.

February 20, 2014

Vita's View

Vita "hate, hate, hate[d] ‘American Pillar’" rambler roses!

February 13, 2014

Schedel Gardens

Here's an idea for a gardener's valentine gift: an I.O.U. to visit this wonderful garden next summer!

February 6, 2014

Winter Jewels

These unique flowering plants make wonderful Valentine gifts for gardeners.

January 30, 2014

Ducks!

Undoubtedly, wildlife adds a different dimension to our flower gardens.

January 23, 2014

Blue Mistflower

Eupatorium coelestinum is a perennial plant with fluffy blue flower heads.

January 16, 2014

Dinner Plate Dahlias

The heads of the dinner-plate dahlias are quite heavy, and sometimes they are displayed in a large float bowl so viewers can look down on their gorgeous petals.

January 9, 2014

Quotable Quotes

“If you want to be happy for a week, take a wife. If you want to be happy all of your life, make a garden.” -Chinese proverb

January 2, 2014

Nerium Oleander

Oleander is a highly toxic plant!

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