Bulb forcing has had its ups and downs this winter, but I continue to experiment. One day I'll figure out what works best, but in the meantime, come learn along with me!
Here are four gardening books where you don't have to worry if the plants will survive the winter, you don't have to mentally adjust the planting or maintenance schedule, and you'll usually get a few tips on overcoming some of our climates challenges. In other words, books for cold climate gardeners! Plus a link to the big book roundup I did a few years ago.
It's like Christmas, except instead of tumbling downstairs to see what "Santa" left me under the tree, I'm dashing out the door every day to see what's blooming in each garden bed. Believe me, I know where to look, and I usually spot each emerging plant when its tip first pierces the surface. Yes, it's spring! Wanna see what I got?
It's been four years since I started working on the gardens here at the "new" house. I thought it was about time I gave you a full-fledged tour. It takes a bit of time to see all the gardens, so prepare for a leisurely visit. Can I pour you something to drink? Let's start the [...]
I was really looking forward to bulb forcing this winter. I had read Bulb Forcing by Art Wolk, my new bulb-forcing bible (review here), and was inspired to broaden my selection of bulbs to force, plus I had a gift certificate from Brent and Becky's Bulbs that made broadening my selection painless. So far, however, [...]
I'm not going to pretend that November's garden looks as good as October's. I'm not even going to pretend that mid-November's garden looks as good as early November's.But I do want to celebrate the mild November we've been having. Yes, mild. Here in Cold Climate Land, it has actually been unseasonably warm. In fact, the [...]
I have to agree with Donna Donabella that "the majority of flowers blooming are those usually seen at the end of April, not the middle of May." But it's weirder than that. Because after a very cold, excruciatingly slow spring, we suddenly got very warm weather, which speeded everything up. Consequently, on a drive through [...]
It always seems like there is nothing blooming in mid-May, but when I really look around, I realize there is a lot blooming but none of it is flashy, like the big yellow sheets of daffodils previous or the three Grandes Dames of June that will soon be here. The blooms of mid-May are modest [...]