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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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December 26, 2019

 

Landscape architect Thomas Church standing in Martin Garden, 1949 (black and white image).

Thomas Church in California

Thomas Church (1902-78) was a garden designer whose style was a response to California's specific type of lifestyle and climate.

December 19, 2019

 

Coffee mug on a winter windowsill.

Winter Words of Wisdom

This winter I have been reading some garden writers’ words of wisdom, which now I will share with you.

December 12, 2019

 

Rose floating in glass bowl.

Sweet & Simple

Just one rose floating in a small bowl, presented with a heartfelt message, written or verbal, will be treasured.

December 5, 2019

 

Vintage photo of two small children next to an enormous smooth hydrangea.

Smooth Hydrangeas

Most of us are familiar with the old-fashioned, white mop-head blossoms of the popular hydrangea variety ‘Annabelle.’

November 28, 2019

 

Hydrangea shrub with both pink and blue flowers.

Changing Color

Sometimes soil can be just slightly acid or neutral with a PH of 6 or 7 and you will get a mix of both pink and blue flowers on the same plant.

November 21, 2019

 

Climbing hydrangea.

Old Wood, New Wood

Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful as well as durable shrubs in our gardens.

November 14, 2019

 

Copacabana promenade in Rio de Janeiro designed by Roberto Burle Marx.

Living Art

In 2019, The New York Botanical Garden mounted an exhibit honoring Brazil’s greatest landscape designer 25 years after his death: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx.”

November 7, 2019

 

Hummingbirds fighting

Hummingbirds

Male hummers are extremely aggressive. They even stab each other!

October 31, 2019

 

David Austin Roses, The view in a commercial rose-growing nursery near Albrighton, England.

David Austin (1926-2018)

David Austin was fond of saying that a rose without a fragrance is only half a rose.

October 24, 2019

 

Iris spuria.

Iris Facts

I grow more iris than I used to because deer leave them alone, and I’ve discovered that there are many things I did not know about these flowers.

October 17, 2019

 

White flower Narcissus 'Mount Hood'.

White Flowers

I have been planting more white flowers recently because I already have so many other colored flowers that bloom in my yard across the growing seasons.

October 10, 2019

 

Native Foamflowers, Tiarella wherryi

Native Foamflowers

If you are looking for more natives to plant in your shady spots this fall, consider our native North American foamflower.

October 1, 2019

 

Awesome Allium giganteum

Awesome Alliums

As you think about what bulbs to add to your garden this fall, don’t forget about buying some alliums.

September 26, 2019

 

Azalea on a frosty morning.

Overwintering

It is important for gardeners to know their hardiness zone.

September 19, 2019

 

Monarda (bee balm) in a garden bed.

Many Happy Returns

Perennials are plants that, hopefully, return in our gardens each spring after being dormant during the winter.

September 12, 2019

 

Orange and yellow nasturtiums in a flower bed.

Nasturtium Nostalgia

Nasturtiums can make pretty cut flowers.

September 5, 2019

 

Close up of the painting “Mercie Cutting Flowers” by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1912.

Grow Your Own

Even just one flower stuck in a bottle makes me feel happy!

August 29, 2019

 

compost is gold

Compost Is Gold

Plants benefit from growing in good soil, and the addition of compost is an effective way to condition it.

August 22, 2019

 

Nomenclature

Nomenclature

Common names of plants vary greatly, but officially, each plant has two Latin names.

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