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Archive for Focus on Flowers

December 27, 2018

Cyclamen: It's All About The Buds

Buy cyclamens that have a number of unopened buds to prolong their flowering.

December 20, 2018

Clean Air

Plants add freshness to the air in our homes during winter and help cleanse the air and remove pollutants.

December 13, 2018

Orchids Indoors

Orchids make great holiday gifts, as they keep on giving-possibly blooming for up to three months.

December 6, 2018

Tropical Hibiscus

It is possible to keep a tropical hibiscus plant alive in a pot all through the winter...The plant will probably not look great, but it will survive.

November 29, 2018

Saintpaulia

African violets flower exuberantly but need some attention to achieve their best efforts.

November 22, 2018

November Musings

Though we miss the flowers of spring, summer, and fall there are still wonders to behold in the landscape.

November 15, 2018

Preparing For Winter

I make my potpourri using the rose petals and flower heads that I cut off while deadheading all summer.

November 8, 2018

Calla Lilies

Calla lilies can put a "twist" on your existing landscape.

November 1, 2018

Mood Elevators

As we tend our indoor plants, it often seems to soothe and calm our spirits. Some health experts have even suggested that our plants may help lower blood pressure.

October 25, 2018

Intermingling For A Softer Effect

Intermingling is similar to creating a prairie planting where the plants grow together without any defined edges or structure.

October 18, 2018

Dead Nettles

Plants with common names that are not so pretty should not deter us from using them in our gardens.

October 11, 2018

Late Bloomers: Sedums, Autumn Sage, Heleniums

Sedums with dark-colored leaves look striking in the fall garden and contrast with the colorful autumn leaves.

October 4, 2018

Selma (Steele) In The Garden

One of impressionist painter T.C. Steele’s most admired paintings is “Selma in the Garden.”

September 27, 2018

Not Appetizing

These are few of my favorite deer-resistant plants.

September 20, 2018

Billowing Beds: Autumn Asters

When autumn arrives, one can never have too many asters!

September 13, 2018

Cohesion: Avoiding A Mish-Mashed Look In Your Garden

When one has lots of different plants, it doesn’t always contribute to harmony and cohesion in a garden...

September 6, 2018

Folk Wisdom For Gardeners

Let's get some sage advice from Duncan Crosbie’s book Tips From the Old Gardeners...

August 30, 2018

Butterworts

Charles Darwin identified the Pinguicula genus in the 1870s.

August 23, 2018

Bladderworts

Some species of bladderwort are aquatic and have no roots.

August 16, 2018

Worts

"Wort" is defined as a plant or herb, and recently I have become acquainted with some carnivorous ones.

August 9, 2018

Lysimachia

There are about 150 species of perennials and shrubs in the genus Lysimachia.

August 2, 2018

Prunella

Prunella is a member of the mint family, so that tells us immediately that it is a vigorous, spreading plant.

July 26, 2018

Why I Don't Like Spiderwort

There’s one plant that self-seeds all over my yard that I pull up whenever I see it, even when it is in flower.

July 19, 2018

Honesty Is Only One Of This Plant's Common Names

This biennial plant has been and remains popular in gardens over many generations.

July 12, 2018

Fragrant Freesias

In the Midwest, freesias are almost impossible to grow without a greenhouse.

July 5, 2018

John Gerard

Gerard's Herball is one of a kind and provides a unique insight into which plants were grown in the 16th century in England.

June 28, 2018

Tricyrtis formosana

Isn’t Tricyrtis A More Pleasant Name Than Toad Lily?

Toad lilies are not plants that I’ve been drawn to because the common name is so unappealing.

June 28, 2018

Tricyrtis formosana

Isn’t Tricyrtis A More Pleasant Name Than Toad Lily?

Toad lilies are not plants that I’ve been drawn to because the common name is so unappealing.

June 21, 2018

Tricyrtis formosana

Timeless Wonders

As I look at my garden, my eye goes to a few plants that I've had for years and feel I could not live without.

June 14, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Hummingbird Mint

These are good plants for an informal, colorful, easy-care planting that will show up well from a distance.

June 7, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Glorious Glads

The yellow and orange colors of the glads we have today came from the genetic legacy of a variety called Gladiolus primulinus.

May 31, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Low Growers

Low growers are like the glue in garden beds, holding things together and making the garden look cohesive.

May 24, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Direct Sowing

There are some seeds that I direct sow onto my garden once the soil has warmed up.

May 17, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Mass Mounds

Mass can be created by a few large plants placed together, or a grouping of many similar medium-sized plants.

May 10, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

A Color Theme

I have been thinking about color-themed beds.

May 3, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Mothers Gifts

Cut flowers are lovely, but there are alternative gifts for mothers who garden.

April 26, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Planting Newbies

My garden is so full of plants already that I'm wondering where I'll put all of the new plants that I'll buy this year...

April 19, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Bethlehem Sage

Pulmonaria, a.k.a., Bethlehem sage, is a perennial with especially interesting foliage.

April 12, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Heucheras

Coral bells' foliage and texture present many benefits beyond blooms.

April 5, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Edging Plants

A garden looks neat if it has well-defined edges.

March 29, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Garden Favorites

What popular flowers do you have planted in your garden?

March 22, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Top Sellers

Retailers in the Midwest attend trials in Michigan, where the new plant introductions are grown outdoors en masse.

March 15, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Ranked By Popularity

And fourth place goes to... Alstroemeria!

March 8, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Easter Flowers

The Madonna lily, Lilium candidum, is potted up and sold all over the United States every spring.

March 1, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Wildflower Center

While the weather remains cold outdoors, we can look online for a flower fix. One site that I enjoy is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

February 22, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Shrubs For Shade

The catalogs have arrived in the mail, so we are all thinking about what to order...

February 15, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Millions Of Roses

About 120 million roses are purchased in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day each year.

February 8, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Global Flowers

For Valentine’s Day, most of us will buy flowers, and those flowers are already enroute to us from abroad.

February 1, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Indestructible Natives

Native plants are well adapted to our growing conditions, and so most of them are easy to grow and need only minimal care once established.

January 25, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Pollinator Plants

This year, I’m going to buy more plants that provide food and shelter for pollinators.

January 18, 2018

Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Liatris Is A Monarch Magnet

Liatris attracts lots of those lovely Monarch butterflies into our gardens.

January 11, 2018

Native North American prairie habitat.

Native Prairies

Since the 1830s, about 99 percent of American tall grass prairies have been destroyed.

January 4, 2018

Native North American prairie habitat.

Ruined And Forsaken Gardens

Poetry by Algernon Charles Swinburne and Oscar Wilde.

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