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If it’s Not Working, Why Keep it?

Especially in a garden. Since most of what I have I’ve grown from seed, cuttings or divisions of mature plants, I have no qualms about yanking what just isn’t working. Or I try not to. This tangled mess of ornamental grass had been the highlight of my late spring garden, literally stopping people in . . . → Read More: If it’s Not Working, Why Keep it?


Be So Beautiful

Be as beautiful to others as the flowers are to you

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We Had a Crazy Good Time

The afternoon went by in a flash; my girlfriend Beth and her husband Kirk, out from Idaho for a reunion. A few hours, an excellent meal and a great bottle of wine later, they were again on their way. Wishing they didn’t live so far, I wanted something to remember the day by. Like many other happy . . . → Read More: We Had a Crazy Good Time


The Secret Eyes of Bees

This Penstemon (mexicali ’Red Rocks’) is one of my favorite flowers. I look forward to seeing it every year with its cheery pink blooms and the way bumble bees seem to almost get stuck inside when feeding. You can tell at a glance that this flower was designed to attract bees. Foraging bees brush against the four pollen laden . . . → Read More: The Secret Eyes of Bees


The Tinkerbell Guide to “Faierie” Gardens

Fairy gardens are the quaint expression of an ancient belief, that fairies live among us and by leaving a little bit of our garden uncultivated and scaled down, they can be coaxed into spreading their magic.


My own fairy garden is slightly less romantic, sorry fairies. The center of it is a highly . . . → Read More: The Tinkerbell Guide to “Faierie” Gardens


I Like Rain With Big Fat Drops

When you get a chance to, step outside and look at your garden right after the rain. I love the way the still wet leaves and flowers are magnified, highlighting aspects that you might not notice otherwise, plus that awesome just rained on smell.

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When Lazy Turns Frugal

A few weeks ago I realized that a sunflower seed that had spilled from one of my bird feeders was germinating in the middle of a flower bed. Instead of yanking it, I let it grow. To Terrie, the girl who had deer eat all of her sunflowers and just left her with tall pointed sticks, and all . . . → Read More: When Lazy Turns Frugal


Can I Have a Drink?

Plants are pretty obvious when it comes to letting you know when they need a drink: Some wilting, stems drooping, and yellowing leaves or browned edges. They like to be watered regularly and deeply to promote deep roots and protect against surface root growth which makes them more prone to sun damage. New or transplanted . . . → Read More: Can I Have a Drink?


Free Seed Request – Offer Ended

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Let The Bees Have Their Fill

I stepped outside this evening with clippers in hand. I know that if I cut back this bee balm it will bloom again. But after watching the bees hovering and crawling in and out and all around, I just don’t have the heart. Instead, I move to something else and decide to just let . . . → Read More: Let The Bees Have Their Fill