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 before because I had heard, somewhere through the horticultural grapevine,… Read More Growing Dahlias
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 four out of our eight trees. I am still canning… Read More The (Not So) Fun Parts of Gardening
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 show called “What Not to Do in the Garden”. Featured… Read More Planting Flowers in July, or What Not to Do in the Garden
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 Are Four O’Clocks? Four o’clocks are lovely, fun little annual… Read More Growing Old Fashioned Four O’Clocks, Heirloom Flowers
“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 return year after year with larger flowers and more abundant… Read More Why Don’t Tulips Come Back Like Daffodils?