During the summer months, we like to keep a fresh bouquet of flowers in our reception area. I cut this bouquet from one of our two cutting gardens and just plunked it into a vase. No flower-arranging skills required!
The appeal of a cutting garden is abundance: having lots of flowers so you don’t miss the ones you cut, and having enough [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Detail of a Mother’s Day bouquet, featuring backyard lilacs and ranunculus from the flower market.
One of the joys of gardening is to step out my back door and clip a few sprigs to bring inside. The day’s prettiest blooms and just-unfurled leaves — gathered simply into a bunch and displayed in a jar of water — provide everything I [...]
Every year toward the end of May, there comes a day when I can sit back and admire the gardens I care for — whether my own, or my gardening clients — and give myself a little pat on the back. I feel immensely satisfied looking at the cleanly edged beds, newly mulched with leaf mold.
The Jardin Birdcage Supports, shown here are among my [...]
Tough and long-lived, Christmas cactus can be passed easily from one generation to the next, blooming for family gatherings and cheering the darkening autumn days. I’ve given many cuttings of Grampa’s cactus to family and friends over the years. Someday, one of my kids or grandkids may inherit the original.
Christmas cactu [...]
My favorite spring task involves a very sharp pair of red-handled pruning shears
Lilacs set their flower buds the year before they bloom.
When the first really fine spring days arrive, I’m eager to get out into the yard and start cleaning up the twigs and leaves strewn about the lawn, the fallen stems of last year’s perennials, and f [...]
Dahlias flourish in full sun and their vibrant colors are hard to beat, especially when planted large groups. Started from potato-like tubers in the spring, they start blooming by midsummer and reach their peak in the dog days of August, filling the gap between fading early summer annuals and fall-blooming asters and mums.
A mix of l [...]
Gallery Sisley is compact, making it ideal for containers. Photo by Dalbert G. of Berlin Heights, Ohio. See the original image in the Dutch Gardens Photo Center.
February is here and if you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to order your dahlias. Since the selection of dahlia bulbs and plants is usually limited at lo [...]