Flower Gardening

Growing Dahlias

Growing Dahlias

Do you see this dahlia? It’s my first attempt at growing beautiful dahlias and I’m thrilled it survived. Here’s why my little dahlia is so special, and how you can grow beautiful dahlias in your garden, too. Growing Dahlias I’d never tried to grow dahlias […]

The (Not So) Fun Parts of Gardening

The (Not So) Fun Parts of Gardening

There are fun parts of gardening, like pretty flowers and delicious vegetables, and not so fun parts of gardening. This year, it’s been all about the problems with some joys in between. First, the joys – 100 pounds of apples (or more) harvested from just […]

Planting Flowers in July, or What Not to Do in the Garden

Planting Flowers in July, or What Not to Do in the Garden

Do you watch those shows on television like What Not to Wear – you know the kind I’m talking about, right? The ones that show you what not to do so you won’t be foolish enough to do them? I think I need my own […]

Growing Old Fashioned Four O’Clocks, Heirloom Flowers

Growing Old Fashioned Four O’Clocks, Heirloom Flowers

I never thought my four o’clocks would grow. Four o’clocks are flower seeds, properly called Mirabilis jalapa by those who prefer the Latin name to identify the plant. Whatever you call this heirloom flower, it is beautiful, and I’ve missed it in my garden. What […]

Why Don’t Tulips Come Back Like Daffodils?

Why Don’t Tulips Come Back Like Daffodils?

“Why don’t tulips come back like daffodils?” I thought I’d answer this question today because I’ve been watching and weeding around my tulips this week, and noticed that many of my bulbs really need to be replaced. Here are the daffodils in my orchard. They […]