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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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