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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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April 29, 2022

 

Magnolia trees

Magnolia x soulangiana  

There is a large number of more modern hybrid cultivars now available, and some produce flowers in other shades such as white, rose, magenta, burgundy, and purple.

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April 28, 2022

 

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

No Dividing Dicentra

If you want to minimize work in the garden, you can try to plant perennials that do not like to be disturbed and so never need to be divided.

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April 21, 2022

 

Iris blooming in field

Sequencing Iris Blooms

I read of a grower in lower New York who has iris in bloom continuously from February until the end of July.

April 14, 2022

 

Hepatica acutiloba

Hepatica acutiloba

A walk in the woods in early April, when the air is cool and crisp, allows us the delight of discovering sweet little flowers such as the sharp-lobed Hepatica.

April 7, 2022

 

Maule’s silver anniversary seed catalog, 1902

Seductive Descriptions

“I have grown wise, after many years of gardening, and no longer order recklessly from wildly alluring descriptions, which make every annual sound easy to grow and as brilliant as a film star.” -Vita Sackville-West

March 31, 2022

 

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Jeffersonia Diphylla

Twinleaf's botanical name celebrates a U.S. president who loved gardens, Thomas Jefferson.

March 24, 2022

 

Witch Hazel

Winning in Winter

As winter winds down, witch hazel is the shrub to watch.

March 17, 2022

 

syringa prestoniae, miss canada

Long-Lived Lilacs

Many of our best lilacs resulted from the work of Isabella Preston, who spent her career hybridizing plants.

March 10, 2022

 

Flower Still Life by Ambrosius Bosschaert, 1614

Sheila Macqueen

I have been reading a book on flower arranging by Sheila Macqueen published in 1972 in England.

March 3, 2022

 

Alvilde Lees-Milne

Women's Words

I have been reading a book about women gardeners in times past and find that they have wonderful wisdom to share.

February 24, 2022

 

Crocus sativus

Versatile Crocuses

Crocus sativus' stamens are the source of saffron. Henry I of England was so fond of saffron as a spice in food that he forebade ladies in his court from using it as a hair lightener.

February 17, 2022

 

Flowerbed with nicotiana sylvestris

Carefree Annuals

Many people want a low-maintenance garden, yet no garden is truly low maintenance, but one possibility is an informal garden of easy-care flowering annuals.

February 10, 2022

 

Painting, Celia Thaxter in Her Garden

Celia Thaxter's Words

Celia Thaxter gardened on an island off the New England coast.

February 3, 2022

 

Groundhog

Groundhogs, Whistle Pigs, Woodchucks, Oh My!

Groundhogs, whistle pigs, woodchucks--whatever you call them, they hibernate all winter and wake up in the spring feeling ravenous, ready to eat your flowers.

January 27, 2022

 

Beatrix Potter and Willie

Beatrix & Willie

When Beatrix died, she left over 4000 acres to The National Trust to be preserved forever in its natural state. Many visitors come from all over the world to England’s Lake District, looking for Peter Rabbit and his creator.

January 20, 2022

 

Pinks in bloom

Potter's Pinks

“She is pleased with her Pinks."

January 13, 2022

 

houseplants

Houseplants

Plants add vitality to our indoor living spaces.

January 6, 2022

 

Foundation plantings

Foundation Plantings

Select the largest herbaceous specimens that you can afford to plant. Otherwise, you may have a large house with tiny little blobs of green lined up in front of the structure for a long time.

December 30, 2021

 

hellebores emerging in snow

Hardy Hellebores

Cold-season bloomers are rare in the flower world.

December 23, 2021

 

Squirrel

Squirrels

Squirrels are such fun to watch!

December 16, 2021

 

Windsor Castle garden

An Ancient Poem

James I of Scotland wrote a poem in 1413 describing his view of a densely screened pleasure garden set in a corner of the castle wall.

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