The Last of the Hardiest

– Posted in: Hellebores, What's up/blooming

November started out marvelously with highs in the 50s(F) and one day even hit 66°(19C). The second week the switch flipped and the real November showed up with a vengeance. Most nights have been in the teens, but we also got two nights that dipped into single digits (9F=-13C)--that's unseasonably low for November and was [...]

Improving On Nature

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

Can anyone improve on nature? Maybe it's better to admit that what I'm doing isn't natural--it's gardening. Gardening in the most naturalistic way possible. Gardening to make the woods more easily enjoyed by humans. Tinkering and tweaking to yes--make it more beautiful.

October’s Bounty: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2017

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Visitors asked about two plants at my Colchicum Open Garden. The first one is readily available at garden centers or online. The second one is a little trickier to find--it helps if you know someone. But visitors were also surprised to see so much in bloom at the end of September. It helps if you know my special plants and (not so) secret techniques. Click over to my blog post and I'll share them with you!

The Most Important Thing To Fight Cabin Fever

– Posted in: Events

I am pretty excited about being a part of the Great Plants Symposium next week. I am looking forward to hearing Heather Lynn Poire talk about The World of Roses and Hydrangeas. Heather is a professional sales associate with Bailey Nurseries. Bailey Nurseries is one of the few plant developers with a focus on bringing [...]

Is It A Garden Plant Or A Weed Wildflower?

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

Every flower is a wildflower--a native plant--somewhere, though this is easy to forget when that "somewhere" is on the other side of the world. On the other hand, it's easy to take our own native wildflowers for granted, or even despise them as weeds. And many popular garden plants native to North America had to be recognized as garden-worthy by gardeners in other countries before they were adopted by gardeners here. So, how do you tell if a plant belongs in the garden, or is a wildflower--or a weed?

Good Fall Is Here! Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2017

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

In my mind there are two kinds of fall: "Good" Fall and "Bad" Fall. Good Fall is what we have now. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn color, temperatures have moderated so that you want to work in the garden again, the colchicums have started blooming and the many native autumn-blooming plants are at their peak, summer annuals are still going strong and some perennials are having a second flush of bloom. (Bad Fall is after the leaves drop and it's cold enough that they'd call it winter down South.) In this blog post, I'd like to share some of the best that autumn has to offer.

Earliest Colchicums

– Posted in: Colchicums

Colchicum season has started! In this post I highlight the earliest blooming colchicums in my garden, sharing what I like best about each of them. And guess what? I'm opening my garden to the public, and you're invited! Yes, it's true! Read more to learn all about it.

Jewelweed: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

If you have to have a weed in your garden, jewelweed is a great choice. In fact, if it doesn't grow in your garden, I feel a little bit sorry for you. It's as nice a weed as a gardener could wish for--if a gardener needed to wish for weeds. Read more to find out why!

Thank you!

– Posted in: About this site

Thank you to everyone who wrote in and told me they were still getting blog notifications. Yes, thankfully the notifications sent via WordPress.com are still working. The issue is with MailChimp, affecting over 200 people who signed up to be notified via the form in the sidebar. MailChimp is working on the problem and they [...]

Why Can’t It Just Work?

– Posted in: About this site

This is a test to see if MailChimp is sending out an email notification after I publish a new post. It didn't send out one after I published New Plants Blooming in August, or Rescuing the Madonna Lily, or What's Blooming in My Damp Meadow. If you signed up for email notifications, I hope you [...]