April 23, 2017

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Brilliant!

I've been thinking about that word, "Brilliant".  It is used, of course, by our friends across the pond regularly, but by Americans, not so much.  Yet it is such a great gardening word! My Kousa Dogwood tree is brilliant today.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, they bloom now rather than in early spring.  Their flowers, like all dogwoods, are actually bracts and are held up on a short stem about 1/2 - 1" tall.  The…

Spring Peep Show

Spring is just a really great peep show!  Things keep sprouting up and creating wonderful surprises all through my garden.  I hope you enjoy the tour! Here is my mixed border.  The foxglove is spectacular.  I've been working on my foxglove drift for about five years. It finally reseeds itself and look what came up this year.  Behind the foxglove you can see the border featured in the second photo.  Rose Campion is new, and I love the fuscia flowers!…

Warming Up! Time for annuals!

Yesterday I put out my annuals that must wait for warmer soil to be successful.  Those were dahlias; tomatoes and caladium.  These annuals do better if the soil is warmer when they are planted.  It doesn't seem logical, but these guys don't prefer a "head start".  They never catch up if planted in soil that is too cool from the get go. Caladiums, as I've already mentioned in another post, are one of my favorite ways to add a punch…

Annuals, annuals and more…

I worked in the annuals department of a garden center for a couple of springs. I enjoyed it so much and learned a lot. But every spring I used to wonder how so many, many hanging planters of annuals and/or just annuals that were pricey got sold when they require so much work from their owners. The annuals on this post will show what I mean. Geraniums are so popular, and garden centers carry just loads of them and they…