Grow Love, Give Valentines Seeds

Grow Love, Give Valentines Seeds

Spring is near, why not plant some Valentines seeds?   I am increasingly becoming a seed growing convert.  No, I…

Rent A Ruminant – Landclearing Goats for Hire – The Green Alternative

Rent A Ruminant – Landclearing Goats for Hire – The Green Alternative

Renting goats for land clearing is a wonderful idea (if you ask me).  It is all at once pastoral, economical,…

Advice to Grow Plants Vertically from Patrick Blanc – Inventor of the Vertical Garden

Advice to Grow Plants Vertically from Patrick Blanc – Inventor of the Vertical Garden

I knew of Patrick Blanc‘s work long before I knew of him.  The first time I experienced one of his gardens…

Stylish Plants: Three Design Ideas for Growing Baptisia

Stylish Plants: Three Design Ideas for Growing Baptisia

Years ago, when the Perennial Plant Association named Baptisia australis their plant of the year for 2010, I promptly bought five and planted them in my…

Seasonal Plant Partners: Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Hellebores & Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’

Seasonal Plant Partners: Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Hellebores & Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’

Noticing yesterday that the tips of daffodils and spring bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, the branches…

Rocket Box Bat Houses

Rocket Box Bat Houses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]So everyone knows that we need to save the bees.  And pollinators too.  But what are all the pollinators? Well,…

Re-Potting Christmas Cactus

Re-Potting Christmas Cactus

My christmas cactus is kind of disgusting. Many years ago, I had this (less than) genius idea to plant my…

Fall Favorites: 3 New Plants To Look For in 2017

Fall Favorites: 3 New Plants To Look For in 2017

It goes with the territory that get to try out lots of new plants.  Most are nice – but if…

When All Else Fails – Soil. Compost. Mulch.

When All Else Fails – Soil. Compost. Mulch.

I generally feel like I can’t do much of anything about of a whole host of things that concern me…

Garden Style Plants – Using Double White Impatiens

Garden Style Plants – Using Double White Impatiens

Whole Foods and Trader Joes appear to have recently split a shipment of beautiful potted gardenias and they both had…

Father’s Day Plant Gift Ideas – From a Dad

Father’s Day Plant Gift Ideas – From a Dad

My husband is not a gardener – but over the years I’ve learned that there are few things I can…

Giving Up On That Grass

Giving Up On That Grass

We’ve had two straight weeks of rain and constant drizzle and I still can’t get that grass to take root….

Succeeding with Ground Covers

Succeeding with Ground Covers

I remember the first time I heard the oft repeated gardener’s maxim, “First year they sleep, the second year they…

Why Start a Seed Library?

Why Start a Seed Library?

Community seed sharing programs are appearing across the country in the form of seed libraries. Through these programs, members receive a…

Using Black Plants – Seven Daring Pairings of Darkness & Light for Your Garden
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas

Skipping around this morning, I came across this quote from Lady Bird Johnson and I fell in love with her,…

The Strange Seduction of Black Plants – 4 Tips for Using Them In The Garden

The Strange Seduction of Black Plants – 4 Tips for Using Them In The Garden

    Plants with black flowers and dark foliage are uncommon and defy our expectations of nature. It is their…

Botanical Sexism: Stopping Our Current Allergy Crisis

Botanical Sexism: Stopping Our Current Allergy Crisis

Spring is allergy season but do you know why? Ok, yes, because many people have pollen allergies of one sort or…

The Secret of Bulb Culture – How to Tell a Good Bulb

The Secret of Bulb Culture – How to Tell a Good Bulb

I found this sweet 1909 Boddington’s Plant catalog and Autumn Garden guide with a page titled ‘The Secret of Bulb…

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

As we clean up the garden this weekend, I found myself repeatedly coming back to visit the Gatsby Pink Oak…

Personal Branding and Beautiful Spring Bulbs

Personal Branding and Beautiful Spring Bulbs

Jeff Bezos (that Amazon guy) defines your personal brand as the thing that people say about you when you aren’t…

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