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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 29, 2016

Year's End

Here's a poem about the garden at the end of the year.

December 22, 2016

Just A Rose

Holiday celebrations are always enhanced by fresh flowers, but with limited space on the table, one flower can be enough.

December 15, 2016

African Violets

African violets are native to eastern Africa and were collected in the wild during the late 19th century by Baron von Saint-Paul.

December 8, 2016

Holiday Cactus

Depending on when they bloom, members of the Schlumbergera genus are called either Thanksgiving or Christmas cactuses.

December 1, 2016

Self-Seeders

There is something very satisfying about seeing second-generation plants from self-sown seeds!

November 23, 2016

Solidago

For bouquets, cut the goldenrod before the buds open, when they last well and no pollen is released.

November 17, 2016

Vita & Harold

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.

November 10, 2016

Beds & Borders

Most flower gardeners have either beds or borders or both.

November 3, 2016

Digging

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.

October 27, 2016

Autumn Poetry

George Eliot wrote, “Delicious autumn! …And if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

October 20, 2016

October

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

October 13, 2016

Tricks!

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.

October 6, 2016

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana makes a good hedge on the outskirts of a garden, as well as excellent ornamental focal points in borders.

September 29, 2016

Planting Camassia

Camassia's bloom spikes bear hundreds of starry, blue flowers that appear in succession over several weeks in the early summer garden.

September 22, 2016

Fragrant Shrubs

If you yearn for more fragrance in your garden, here are some suggestions for ornamental sweetshrubs that you could plant this fall.

September 15, 2016

Hydrangea Heaven

Some of their names are almost as lovely as the flowers themselves!

September 8, 2016

Fall Planting

The cool fall weather causes plants that are new to your garden to transition more comfortably...

September 1, 2016

Taking Stock

September is an excellent time to walk around your garden and take stock.

August 25, 2016

Contributing Partners For Flower Arrangements

A well-appointed garden needs not only flowers but also decorative foliage that is concurrently available to combine with the garden flowers in a vase.

August 18, 2016

Diamond Frost

This annual Euphorbia cultivar has so much to offer!

August 11, 2016

Clivias: Easy-Care House Plants

These herbaceous evergreen plants flower best if pot bound.

August 4, 2016

American Hornbeam

The unusual "muscular" bark of this native tree adds visual interest to the winter landscape.

July 28, 2016

More Conditioning

Stems with multiple flower heads or flat flower umbels always need the boiling water treatment .

July 21, 2016

Tips For Cut Flowers

Always keep cut flowers away from hot air vents and drafts.

July 14, 2016

Special Needs

Remember: split or crush woody stems and sear milky stems.

July 7, 2016

Rudbeckia Hirta

Black-eyed Susans multiply quickly, which can be a blessing, or a curse.

June 30, 2016

Conditioning

Conditioning really does extend the life of cut flowers so it's worth the effort.

June 23, 2016

Maintenance

Keeping a garden presentable across all seasons of the year requires an eagle eye, and considerable commitment of time and energy.

June 16, 2016

Vertical Accents: Create Exclamation Points In A Border

There are many mounding plants, but they need to be interspersed in a garden with some vertical accents.

June 9, 2016

F Words

If you are designing a new garden, think about the following words: form, foliage, flowers, fruit, fragrance and focal points.

June 2, 2016

Louisiana Iris

Part of my fascination with this iris is that the deer leave them alone.

May 26, 2016

A Grave Mistake

...Realization dawned that I had, in my haste, picked up the wrong spray bottle!

May 19, 2016

Picturesque Corydalis

In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...

May 12, 2016

Creeping Jenny

Never plant it where it borders a lawn, as it will escape into the grass and be impossible to get rid of!

May 5, 2016

Flower Pattern

The process of spiraling is more obvious in some flowers than in others...

April 28, 2016

Dragon Arum

Some species of arums have flowers with an unpleasant odor.

April 21, 2016

Mandevilla Species

Mandevilla flowers are interesting to observe from varied perspectives.

April 14, 2016

Table Scape

The sun shining through the windows lights up the colors beautifully!

April 7, 2016

Garden Hyacinth

One of the many pleasures of springtime is smelling the perfume of hyacinths...

March 31, 2016

Dwarf Iris

You can plant these little beauties liberally in beds and rock gardens and naturalize them in other undisturbed spaces.

March 24, 2016

Late Tulips

Let's look at some different kinds of late-blooming tulips.

March 17, 2016

Triumphs & Darwins

These hybridized tulips would look great in your garden!

March 10, 2016

Early Tulips

In the early 1900s, tulip growers realized the need for a classification system...

March 3, 2016

Daffodil Classification

Let's review Divisions 1 through 8 of the daffodil classification system.

February 25, 2016

Arum Italicum

This hard-to-find arum really adds an exotic touch to my garden!

February 18, 2016

Indiana's Poet: James Whitcomb Riley

We'll hears one of this James Whitcomb Riley's most charming poems, as well as his poetic nod to flowers on a sunshiny day.

February 11, 2016

Love Poems: Gather Ye Rosebuds

Here are two lovely poems for a lover's day...

February 4, 2016

Winter Musings

As we await winter's end, here are some thoughtful quotes to help get us through the cold, dark season.

January 28, 2016

John Tradescant The Younger

An plantsman like his father, this younger Tradescant collected many plants from North America and introduced them into English gardens.

January 21, 2016

John Tradescant The Elder

This English plantsman is regarded as one of the first significant and probably the most influential of early English garden designers.

January 14, 2016

Compact Catmint

I have quite a bit of catmint in my garden, but sadly I don’t have a cat...

January 7, 2016

Luscious Foliage

Coral bells have gorgeous foliage that present endless possibilities.

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