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…

Move-over Strawberries… I Need Room

Move-over Strawberries… I Need Room

The vegetable garden is getting a makeover this year. I am filled with spring energy and can’t wait to make a…

Using Black Plants – Seven Daring Pairings of Darkness & Light for Your Garden

Using Black Plants – Seven Daring Pairings of Darkness & Light for Your Garden

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

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…

In the Garden With Carly Cylinder – The Flower Chef

In the Garden With Carly Cylinder – The Flower Chef

I’ve been looking for a good excuse to commission and wear clothing made of fruit, veg, and flowers for years…

A Rose Named Julia

A Rose Named Julia

In 1998, when Danielle Hahn and her husband, Bill, decided to become rose growers on their 15-acre property in Carpinteria,…

The Festival of Children De-bunking Internet Lore

The Festival of Children De-bunking Internet Lore

  Here is the blow by blow chart of how this played out. (open chart images in a new tab…

Insta-Stalking Aussies and Hellebores

Insta-Stalking Aussies and Hellebores

There are only a couple of things that get me through the last days of winter –  insta-stalking Aussie gardeners…

Foraged Winter Wreath Making

Foraged Winter Wreath Making

I give up – I’ve been waiting for days to finish this little photo shoot of all the wreaths and…

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

I am nearly midway through a photography and styling class with Holly Becker of Decor8.  As we learn to create…

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…

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

Trending: Garden Based Natural Food Coloring

We’ve made Easter eggs with onion skins, cabbage and turmeric and I’ve always found the warm muted earthy tones more appealing than…

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Instagram is my not-so-secret superpower (way more than pinterest these days!) and whenever I need an idea, the community of…

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

The time is just about here if you are interested in foraging or harvesting your garden for the beautiful red…

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

Water-balloon Mushroom Fruits and The Tao of Terrior (Part 1 & Part 2)

A mushroom is really just the fruit of a giant mycorrhizal (probably perennial) organism that lives underground. I learned that…

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,…

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