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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 28, 2017

A Thousand Flowers, Each Seeming One

Excerpts from" A Flower in a Letter" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

December 21, 2017

Co-Existence

Plants, like people, often seem better because of the virtues of others.

December 14, 2017

Namesake Gifts For The Holidays

Namesake plant gifts are easy to send and are usually well received.

December 7, 2017

Flowering Onions

The Allium genus is a large one...

November 30, 2017

Scented & Double Daffodils

As I look for late season bargains, I look for daffodils that bloom late and are scented as well as double.

November 23, 2017

Successes & Failures

November is a good time to evaluate our successes and failures during the past growing season.

November 16, 2017

Gifts For Thanksgiving Hosts

If you are invited for Thanksgiving dinner and wish to present the host with a horticulturally orented gift, here are a few suggestions.

November 9, 2017

Centerpieces For Thanksgiving

Low is always better than high when you are arranging flowers for a dinner party.

November 2, 2017

Tender Plants

All plants that winter indoors at my house are hosed off to rid them of pests and given a dose of fertilizer.

October 26, 2017

Autumn Tricks

If you have time, perhaps you will share some of your tricks in the comments below.

October 19, 2017

Screening With Shrubs

Shrubs are useful for many functions and an important one is screening.

October 12, 2017

Cardinals

Plant lots of nasturtiums, coneflowers, and sunflowers to provide seeds for these year-round garden residents.

October 5, 2017

Getting Advice

Ask a variety of friends, neighbors, and experts about what you already have on your new property before digging it all up.

September 28, 2017

Longer Autumns

It seems that our longer falls are giving us more time to enjoy our plantings and bask in all the colors in our gardens.

September 14, 2017

Sun Sparklers

These low-maintenance groundcovers keep butterflies happy but seems not to interest deer or rabbits.

September 7, 2017

Low Maintenance

Astilbes with varying bloom times can be used to create a lovely, low-maintenance shaded bed.

August 31, 2017

A Mint Relative

All of the Agastache species are related to mint.

August 24, 2017

Intermingling Plants

I read recently about a new gardening craze that is called “Intermingling Plants.”

August 17, 2017

Cranesbills for Cover

I plant cranesbill almost everywhere in my garden and have many different varieties...

August 10, 2017

Curbside Color

Purple and chartreuse always look good together in a garden.

August 3, 2017

Dedicated Beds

I am lucky to have a large garden space and so I have the luxury of being able to dedicate some of my beds to a single perennial species.

July 27, 2017

Bloom Sequences

Most flower gardeners enjoy sequences of bloom in their beds.

July 20, 2017

Moonlight Garden

White gardens are tranquil and calming and reward their owners with their soothing ambience.

July 13, 2017

Colorful Foliage

Foliage color can light up the landscape in all seasons of the year, not only in the fall...

July 6, 2017

Columnar Beauties

Gardeners with small plots can enjoy growing modern trees that have been especially bred to be small and narrow.

June 29, 2017

Reading Tags

Before we purchase new plants for our gardens, we should always read the plant tags carefully.

June 22, 2017

Good Investments

Shrubs are long-lived inhabitants that help create the architecture of our gardens.

June 15, 2017

Blue Caryopteris

Caryopteris can be grown singly, in multiples, or as a long hedge for maximum impact.

June 8, 2017

Versatile Verbenas

I would not be without Verbena bonariensis in my garden. It’s an annual, but it attracts birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds...and bees.

June 1, 2017

Stalwart Salvias

“How shall a man die that has sage in his garden?”

May 25, 2017

Iris Parade

Generally, all the shorter iris types bloom earliest, starting the parade of iris flowers that continues throughout the summer.

May 18, 2017

Benefits Of Mulch

Mulch helps plants remain healthier and hardier by insulating and reducing weeds.

May 11, 2017

Hanging Baskets

When buying plants for hanging baskets remind yourself of the old saying: one should include “a thriller, a filler, and a spiller.”

May 4, 2017

Hardiness Zones

Although we sometimes ignore hardiness maps, they really do provide information that is crucial to the success of our plants.

April 27, 2017

New To Me

So many options for displaying annuals, and I usually just stick them in a pot!

April 20, 2017

Bumblebee Brains

Bees have brains that demonstrate social learning...

April 13, 2017

Lavenders & Blues

Today we're focusing on blossoms with blue and lavender colors.

April 6, 2017

Dormancy

Early spring warmth causes some plants to break dormancy too soon with the result that they are damaged if it turns cold again.

March 30, 2017

Native Shrubs

We need native plants in our gardens, since natives are a vital part of a healthy eco-system.

March 23, 2017

Joseph Dalton Hooker

Hooker had an enduring passion for plants and discovered many of the ones that grow in our gardens today.

March 16, 2017

Wardian Cases

These mini-greenhouses transformed the work of plant collectors world-wide!

March 9, 2017

Hybrids

At this time of the year, as we peruse our spring catalogs, we will run across plants described as new hybrids.

March 2, 2017

Plant Descriptors

Just like the names of people, plant names are quite diverse.

February 23, 2017

Buck Roses

I’ve never seen a Buck rose that I didn’t like!

February 16, 2017

Rose Aroma

What will you do with that Valentines bouquet after the 14th? Here's some ideas for rosewater, dried bouquets and potpourri.

February 9, 2017

February

In February the garden’s energy is in its roots...

February 2, 2017

Magnolia Genus

The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).

January 26, 2017

Acacias And Australia's Golden Wattle

January 26 is Australia Day, and the floral emblem of Australia is the golden wattle.

January 19, 2017

This And That In January

Flowering quince and forsythia branches will soon be available to force.

January 12, 2017

Carnations

They may be small or large, but their most striking characteristic is that they are always available...

January 5, 2017

Twelfth Night

Do you wait until Twelfth Night to take down the Christmas tree and holiday decorations?

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