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 Culture’ in the Heritage Biodiversity Library.  The pretty graphic cover caught my eye, but on closer inspection, I also learned a few things ….  I’ve pulled out the tidbits of great bulb advice below — but…

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 leaf Hydrangea that I planted earlier this year.  They are still small and too new and immature to have bloomed this year, but that hasn’t stopped them for putting on quite a show in the autumn –…

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 in the room –  I heard that on a podcast that I recently listened to.  (I am totally into podcasts lately, a post about my favorites is coming soon….) I’ve also (lately) been obsessing about all…

Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

by Joanne Neale GARDENERS CAN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM “GOLDILOCKS” SYNDROME. A FAVORITE PLANT IS JUST TOO BIG FOR THE SPACE, ANOTHER IS JUST TOO MUCH WORK AND ANOTHER IS JUST NOT QUITE RIGHT FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS GARDENING SYNDROME OFTEN LIES IN PLANTING A SLIGHTLY…

Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

I went two very different directions with color in my garden this year.  Near the house and on my patio, I imagined a dramatic combo of purple and red that I thought would make a moody and maybe even a slightly exotic feeling place, and out further in the garden I went with calming pastel colored…

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through this website) learn more about them.  Every spring this means that boxes of new plants arrive for me to plant in my garden, experiment with, generally get inspired by and ultimately write about. This year…

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies  (for USA and Canada)

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies (for USA and Canada)

by Dave Ledoux Most gardeners just buy their seeds willy-nilly at the big box stores. But you and I are different, aren’t we? I want to let you in on a little secret … the world is filled with incredibly unique plants and vegetables. Most gardeners will never know about them. They’re called heirlooms. Imagine taking…

Color – Matching The House to The Garden

Color – Matching The House to The Garden

Cute summer towns are a haven for houses with adorable little gardens.  They are always tidy and like a properly dressed lady (whose handbag always coordinates with her shoes), the plants often coordinate with the house. I’m not exactly this type of gardener (or dresser for that matter) – I tend to either a) be too frazzled…

How To Pick Strawberries

How To Pick Strawberries

When you have picked as many vats of strawberries as we have (this year is just unbelievable!) you find there are a few things that just keep coming out of your mouth again and again each time a new picker comes into the garden….I’ve even heard my kids repeating these simple directives to their friends….

Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

I’ve turned into a weird hoarder when it comes to Chartreuse plants.  They have always been a favorite of mine and it only takes a few to make a really big impact so I find myself taking extra efforts to place those that I have in just the right spot. I find that I think…