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July 29, 2022

 

Hibiscus 'Peppermint Schnapps'

Big and Showy Hibiscus

There are over 200 species of hibiscus, and they are beloved because of their big showy flowers and green, clean-looking foliage. They fall into three different major categories: tropical, perennial and hardy.

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July 28, 2022

 

Cottage garden

Cottage Gardens

Cottage gardens are the product of the homeowner's own work and vision, and William Robinson advised, "Let the flowers tell their story to the heart."

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July 22, 2022

 

Coleus

Fillers

Later in the summer when garden flowers are less abundant, I look for foliage and other things to use as filler in my vases of cut flowers.

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July 21, 2022

 

The Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park.

Mexican Transplants

English Lord Holland wrote a poem about his wife who got dahlia seeds from Madrid (via the New World): “The dahlias you brought to our isle, your praises forever shall speak; mid gardens as sweet as your smile, and color as bright as your cheek."

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July 15, 2022

 

Blackbird in bath

Nurture the Birds

Some types of birds prefer ground level water sources also, so even a plant pot saucer can serve during hot days. You don't need feeders during the summer, but water is crucial in times of drought.

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July 14, 2022

 

Erodium / Heronsbill

Cranes, Herons & Storks

Each of these three types of geraniums is associated with long-billed wading birds.

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July 8, 2022

 

Canna 'Orange Beauty'

Bold and Showy Cannas

Canna comes from the Greek word spelled kanna, which means reed, though the canna plant does not have narrow reed-like leaves.

July 7, 2022

 

Gaillardia aristata

Blanket Flowers

These flowers grow wild, creating deep velvet-red carpets in Nebraskan pastures.

July 1, 2022

 

Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera

Oenothera fruticosa's common name is sundrops, and its nectar attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

June 30, 2022

 

Brown bird at birdbath

A Birder’s Garden

A suitable habitat for birds includes predictable water sources, an open area of lawn, some dense shrubs for cover, some tall trees, plants with berries, and nesting places for ground birds.

June 24, 2022

 

Billy Goat Weed

Billy Goat Weed

Ageratum pairs well with plants of any color.

June 23, 2022

 

Powdery mildew

Powdery Mildew

This fungus appears white on leaves. Some plants are more susceptible than others and some varieties have more resistance to this disease than others.

June 17, 2022

 

Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis

Blue false indigo's flowering period is short, but the foliage always looks cool even on the hottest day of summer.

June 16, 2022

 

Campanula persicifolia 'La Belle'

Campanulas, a.k.a. Bellflowers

There are about 250 species of these showy herbaceous plants and nearly all are perennial and native to temperate parts of the northern hemisphere.

June 10, 2022

 

Dahlia, pink

Dahlias

Native to Mexico, dahlias probably grew in Aztec gardens as they were already in cultivation when the Spaniards arrived.

June 9, 2022

 

Lilium 'Black Beauty'

Lilium Genus

So many varieties of these gorgeous flowers have travelled here from far-away lands to sweeten the air in our gardens.

June 3, 2022

 

Kniphofia

Torch Lilies

Red Hot Pokers belong to the genus Kniphofia (Kniphofia uvaria) and are also known as tritoma or torch lilies.

June 2, 2022

 

Rain drop

Rain in the Garden

A poem about rain in the garden by J. Redwood Anderson.

May 27, 2022

 

Dianthus japonicus

Sweet Dianthus

The common name "pinks” does not refer to the color but to the fringed edging of the petals that makes them look as if they had been cut with pinking shears.

May 26, 2022

 

ticks

Ticks

When working outdoors we should tuck our pant legs into our socks, wear long sleeves, and use tick repellent often and liberally.

May 20, 2022

 

Lavender

Lavender Means Devotion

Many of us had grandmothers who used lavender as their signature fragrance.

May 19, 2022

 

Hummingbird at feeder

No Red Needed

Research shows that despite the commonly held idea that hummingbirds love red, that is not the case.

May 12, 2022

 

Spoon mum

Plant Them Now

Spring is a time to plant perennial chrysanthemums. They'll mature during the summer and produce breathtaking fall color in your garden.

May 6, 2022

 

Larkspur

Larkspur

I would not be without my annual larkspur, which I have enjoyed year after year and some often self-seed and return, but in order to be sure, I always buy some seeds. I don't want to risk a year without it!

May 5, 2022

 

Rose thorns

Growing Roses

While roses take care, trial and error over time will help a gardener learn which varieties thrive best in their climate.

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