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Mysteries of the Stella D’oro

My end of season daylily blooms illustrate why I like Stella D’oro as much as I do. Stella’s been around for 35 years, and remains popular for its long bloom cycles. The thing I noticed the with my latest blooms is that they have a very different appearance from my summer blooms. Overall they’re smaller and  have . . . → Read More: Mysteries of the Stella D’oro


Mother Nature’s Top 5 Tips For Selecting WOW Factor Plants

Several years ago, “WOW factor” became the new catch phrase at work, as in “What is your WOW factor”? Hopefully I have enough “WOW” going for me, but chatting with an old work friend who’s lucky enough to have moved on to a more satisfying career, I was reminded of it again. I’d like to take the . . . → Read More: Mother Nature’s Top 5 Tips For Selecting WOW Factor Plants


Warning: Plantosaurus Rex

For many, mention of the begonia brings to mind the annual begonia which is a star in the part sun / part shade garden. Easy to grow and relatively pest free, they can add attractive pops of color in your landscape. For those of you bored with the annual begonia, and ready to try something different, check . . . → Read More: Warning: Plantosaurus Rex


What Tomatoes Teach Us About Slowing Down

By the end of my work week, I look forward to some time off. No conference calls, no computers. With hands on hips, I’m able to take a moment in the garden to catch my breath. Surveying my vegetable garden, I’m pleased with how well my tomatoes are doing. For some people, . . . → Read More: What Tomatoes Teach Us About Slowing Down


How To Eat S’mores And Not Get Burnt

A few minutes after horking down the second s’more my son made, I was feeling definitely queezy. I knew I’d feel fine if I just waited awhile, but instead I hopped up, pinched some spearmint and chocolate mint from the garden, and made myself a soothing mint tea. This is the first year growing my own mint because I’ve always . . . → Read More: How To Eat S’mores And Not Get Burnt


Horton Hears a Who Flowers


Every Spring I see these flowers, and just smile. My daughter calls them Horton Hears a Who Flowers. I got these ornamental alliums in a trade for grape hyacinth. The bulbs double in number ever couple of years, and being in the onion family, they’re a great example of plants bunnies and deer leave . . . → Read More: Horton Hears a Who Flowers


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