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Archive for Focus on Flowers

May 7, 2020

White In May

White blooms combine so well with other flowers and help make their companions pop!

April 30, 2020

Hollow stems in a jar of water.

Hollow Stems: Preparing Them For Arrangement

Flowers from bulbs are easy to arrange informally in a vase.

April 23, 2020

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Gardening Trends

More and more gardeners are seeking information about sustainability.

April 16, 2020

White blooms of the invasive Bishop's weed.

Perennial Challenges

A novice gardener once told me that she was only going to plant perennials, as they did not need any care. If only that was true!

April 9, 2020

White Easter Lily.

Easter Lily

These trumpet lilies are fragrant, and the pure white blooms are lovely in flower arrangements.

April 2, 2020

Allum, purple blossoms

Planning Ahead for Summer Alliums

Allium ‘Millennium’ can be planted in the spring and reliably bloom in the heat of summer.

March 26, 2020

Daffodils caught in a surprise snow.


Remember the danger of sudden spring frosts and wait to set out your tender annuals.

March 19, 2020

Outdoor thermometer

Air Temps

Do not take risks by setting out your annual plants too soon.

March 12, 2020


Outwitting the Weather

Frost dates are very important.

March 5, 2020

Red clay soil

Clay is Okay

Many of us with clay soil complain loudly about it, and it’s true that gardens with clay soil can be hard to dig. Nonetheless, it has its virtues.

February 27, 2020

Pink-peachy colored coral bells plant

A New Generation of Coral Bells

Photos of this new generation of Heucheras are irresistible. I plan to order as many as I can afford for spring planting!

February 20, 2020

Deadheading a plant.

Deadheading: It Keeps the Color Coming

The whole garden looks better if plants are deadheaded, so it is a good thing.

February 13, 2020

Roses in Words

Roses in Words

In February, it is appropriate to think about roses.

February 6, 2020

The purple bloom of Iris reticulate in early spring.

Tiny but Tough

The earliest iris to bloom is the petite Iris reticulata.

January 30, 2020

Painting of the Elgin Botanic Garden (ca. 1810)

David Hosack

Hosack realized the need for a public garden as a research facility for medical scientists and their students.

January 23, 2020

Hand full of flower seeds.

Easy Does It

Quite a number of flowering annuals can be started by sowing their seeds directly into the garden.

January 16, 2020

Photo of native Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) in flower.

Spring Ephemerals

Before long, some of the earliest flowers to bloom will be stirring in our gardens.

January 9, 2020

Doll in snowshoes wearing a bikini.

Interesting Quotes

Here are some interesting things said by some interesting people. Plus, my personal advice to you in January.

January 2, 2020

The parterre at Blickling with hardy perennials, remade in 1932 by Norah Lindsay.

Norah Lindsay

Lindsay was the Grande Dame of gardening in a time when ladies did not have professional careers.

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