Have you ever rescued a plant in your garden that had almost died out? Sometimes we can move such a plant and nurse it back to health in a new location. Guest contributor Brian Bixley did just that with the Madonna lily, called by Helen Dillon "the loveliest of all lilies."
Here are three plants that are blooming for the first time in my garden. Purple dragon is a relative of Jack-in-the pulpit. I got my plant last year at the local rock garden society members-only plant sale. Apparently the plain green form can be "weedy" but the purplish form is not. We'll see. So far [...]
Driving down country roads on the way to town, I noticed what looked like brown fur in many of the shrubs along the road. I finally realized that the "fur" was actually the seedheads of Virgin's bower, Clematis virginiana, which Prairie Moon Nursery fittingly calls "prairie smoke on a rope." Virgin's bower is a native [...]
Les, A Tidewater Gardener, has issued a challenge he calls The Winter Walk-Off. The rules are pretty simple: "On your own two feet, leave the house and share what can be seen within walking (or biking) distance of your home. … Your post does not have to be about gardening or a travelogue, unless you [...]
Things are finally blooming in the garden at the new house, only I don't know what they are. Well, for the most part, I know what genus they are, but not the variety. So I'd like to show you some of what I've got, and maybe you can tell me more about them. Peonies There [...]
The caramel-fragrant leaves of the Katsura tree have already fallen, as have those of three horse chestnut kin, the two Ohio buckeyes (Aesculus glabra) and the Yellow buckeye (A. flava). Both the Yellow and the Ohio buckeyes have similar foliage and pale yellowy-green flowers, and the only way I can distinguish betweeen them is by [...]