Plants

California Poppy ‘Rosa Romantica’, Ageratum ‘Red Sea’, Cosmos ‘Rose Bonbon’, Poppy ‘Falling in Love’ all from Select Seeds
Posted by rochelle greayer |

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

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renting goats - ruminant goat clearing services have grown
Posted by rochelle greayer |

Renting goats for land clearing is a wonderful idea (if you ask me).  It is all at once pastoral, economical, and green.  Neighbors love to...

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Jardin vertical de Patrick Blanc à la Défense image by Romuald Le Peru
Posted by rochelle greayer |

I knew of Patrick Blanc's work long before I knew of him.  The first time I experienced one of his gardens was sometime in 2007 when...

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Elegant varieties of Baptisia. 'Pink Truffles', 'Vanilla Cream', and 'Dutch Chocolate'
Posted by rochelle greayer |

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 garden.  They were new-to-me at the time...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

Noticing yesterday that the tips of daffodils and spring bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, the branches of the willows have yellowed...

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The mailbox mouse
Posted by Rochelle |

Something is alive in the mailbox. A few months back the door of the mailbox rusted to the point that it just fell off. But...

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Urbana illinois bat house project
Posted by Rochelle |

So everyone knows that we need to save the bees.  And pollinators too.  But what are all the pollinators? Well, the list is long and...

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Re-planting the Christmas Cactus with Method Hand Soap by rochelle greayer
Posted by Rochelle |

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

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Direvilla Kodiak Orange by Rochelle Greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

It goes with the territory that get to try out lots of new plants.  Most are nice - but if they can't pass muster then...

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soil compost mulch tips - www.pithandvigor.com - image by forrest cavale
Posted by Rochelle |

I generally feel like I can't do much of anything about of a whole host of things that concern me (Guns, Breixit, Trump, Global Warming...I'd...

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Rocapulco white Double impatiens by proven winners - plant pairing by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

Whole Foods and Trader Joes appear to have recently split a shipment of beautiful potted gardenias and they both had them for sale a couple...

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Posted by Rochelle |

My husband is not a gardener - but over the years I've learned that there are few things I can do entice a little interest....

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proven winners creeping thyme for grass replacement - by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

We've had two straight weeks of rain and constant drizzle and I still can't get that grass to take root. Stick a fork in it...

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iris cristata via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

I remember the first time I heard the oft repeated gardener's maxim, “First year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year...

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Seed libraries by Cindy Conner
Posted by Rochelle |

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

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karl gercens lysimachia and ajuga via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

Kathleen LaLiberte shared some exciting ways to use black plants in your garden in the Spring Issue of PITH + VIGOR.  Playing off the idea of...

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center garden by Rochelle Greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by rochelle greayer |

Skipping around this morning, I came across this quote from Lady Bird Johnson and I fell in love with her, again.  Every time I read...

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sambucus black lace by lozwilkes via flickr cc www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

  Sambucus 'Black Lace' (ornamental elderberry) by lozwilces via flickr CC 2.0.   Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Purple Smokebush) by peganum by CC via flickr  Plants...

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Posted by Rochelle |

Spring is allergy season but do you know why? Ok, yes, because many people have pollen allergies of one sort or another and as trees and...

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Autumn bulb advice from a 1909 boddingtons plant catalog.
Posted by Rochelle |

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...

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oakleaf hydrangea gatsby pink byt rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

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...

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