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I always hesitate to give unsolicited advice,( like with the trees that are volcano mulched around the corner!) I imagine they will question their results since it appears to be someone who is into trying different things. Just wish they'd loosen up. Thanks for stopping by.
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Ana: You're right, it's a 'Mandarin' honeysuckle. Originally it was supposed to be a Kinseys. No matter it's beautiful like you say. The window box has a story behind it if I ever get around to blogging it! Thanks for stopping by The Garden Buzz.
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I saw the saddest veggie garden today. My heart went out to it. I know its gardener meant well, but the good intentions were lost on this garden. It looked more like a prison for plants than a place to grow food. I'm sure the heavy coat of landscape fabric was meant to control weeds, perhaps warm the soil. Instead the plants stuck stiffly out of the holes, properly spaced but awkward and fruitless. It was almost like each veggie plant was being forced to wear a scratchy turtleneck in the hot summer heat. That fabric may be permeable but... Continue reading
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Twitter chats are twice as nice as simply tweeting. Although we can't sovle the world's problem in 140 characters, Twitter chats are a great way to connect people for a common cause. My cause is supporting pollinators. Why? Well I love to eat! They are responsible for every third bite we consume. And I enjoy their incredible beauty in my garden. Join me on Tuesday, July 22 at 8PM CST and tell us about the pollinators in your garden and community, and how you welcome their presence. Learn more about attracting them and helping them to increase their numbers in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Garden Buzz
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Or should I say "holey" Toledo Botanical Garden, since the Japanese beetles were enjoying the beautiful gardens as much as myself. Good to know even the professionals can't escape this scourge. I've been on the road with my husband for a combination "visit family/tag along on a work trip" jaunt to Cleveland, Toledo, Indianapolis and central Illinois before heading home to where the quickly ripening cukes and beans (and hopefully tomatoes) are waiting for me. Our first stop was in Cleveland to see our son and his new apartment/summer job where he also attends Case Western University. The apartment is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! So much going on in the garden but you'll excuse me for missing GBBD by two days due to wedding anniversary #29. Without further ado... Ajuga 'Choclate Chips', cute as the name Iceland Poppy 'Champagne Bubbles', great coral color Texas sage blooming in the kitchen garden next to Redbor kale Pea blossoms promise sweet, tasty peas in a pod Echium 'Red Feathers' with handsome spikes of reddish-pink flowers Windowbox succulents paired with Gomphrena 'Fireworks' and rock rose Honeysuckle 'Kinsey's Ghost', exotic blooms followed by cool seed pods Mystery Allium, can't remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Thanks Mary, I can't decide when I will cut off the seed head of the mullein. It's a hard call.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2014 on Foliage in the Time of Flowers at The Garden Buzz
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It's easy to forget about foliage in this time of rampant flowering. I thought I'd stroll the garden and find great examples of fresh foliage still unfettered by four-lined plant bugs and meandering leaf miners. Angelica gigas, beautiful wine-colored veins and sharp serration The slightly twisty blades of Allium senescens A delicate heart-shaped leaf of Cercis canadensis 'Northern Strain' redbud One of two uninvited Verbascum bombyciferum, Giant Silver Mullein allowed in garden Like fluttery curled wings on dwarf Ginkgo, 'Jade Butterfly' Soft and fuzzy lamb's ears, Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein' Glaucous spears of Helichtotrichon, Blue Oat Grass 'Sapphire', dance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Thanks Alana, I need all the warm weather wishes I can get!
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May 15! But who would know it? Lows in the 30's, how am I supposed to plant, I ask? So afraid of stalling growth in plants by putting them out too soon. Are you in the same persistent winter-reluctant spring boat as me? These are the questions that keep gardeners up at night, when they should be resting up for a hard day's work/play in the garden. So...slim pickins for GBBD. For my first in so long after going without a garden during our building process, I had hoped to re-enter with a blooming bang instead of a floral whimper.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Shorter varieties and a shorter season make for shorter vines. :(
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Ooh, I'm so excited. I can see my little pea seedlings poking their heads out of the soil. I can hardly count the days until they are ready. Get out the butter! Peas in the pod! Lately in catalogs and garden centers I've noticed more and more pea trellis apparatuses, (or is that apparati?) for supporting the treasure-laden vines. Some are flat, some are tilted, some are arched, but all are pretty pricey. I've always made my own pea trellises from bamboo poles and zip ties. They end up looking sorta cottage/sorta Asian. A little wonky. Whatever, they do the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Linda, I would imagine they were custom made. Although they look intricate they have repeating shapes that could maybe be copied? I'll try to ask Allen more about them. Thanks for stopping by The Garden Buzz.
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Cheryl: I know what you mean by it being sweeter than city grass. Hoping to smell any kind of newly cut grass soon, winter in Minnesota has lasted way too long.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on Mmmm...What Smells So Good? at The Garden Buzz
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Oh, math. I'm all about words, I don't do numbers. I don't buy into the stereotype, it's not about my gender, it's just not my genre! Beyond basic measuring and simple operations, I refer and defer to my husband the engineer. Or when he's home from college, the mathematical prowess of my son, the almost-engineer and general spread sheet wizard. I can hardly wait for spring, so when I had to figure out the few inches of topsoil/compost mix needed to refresh my raised beds, I turned to Tom. Like a trooper he went out in the snow ( I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
It was fun to play in the dirt! Spring is on the way, I think.
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I know Michaela, I'm known in my family as the critter-spotter and I was unaware of them too. They are kind of cute.
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You've heard that saying "Bloom where you are planted"? Well I turned it around to "Plant where you are bloomin' stuck". I've been stuck in limbo at my daughter's house in Birmingham waiting for the roads to melt...all the way to Minneapolis. So why not plant an herb garden in the mean time? It's not a bad thing to be stuck in Birmingham, Hannah and I can go larking about, but in the end, I'm close to overstaying my welcome, she's a gal about town with things to do and places to be, without her mother tagging along. So to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Sue: I hope they can save it. I think local botanical gardens are so helpful for beginning and advanced gardeners, being able to see other designs and plant selections before trying them out. Plus they build community.
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Thanks for the plant ID! It's a gorgeous plant, but I bet it steals the show in every container.
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For every BIG botanical garden, be it the Huntington, Longwood, Chanticleer or Biltmore and more, there are hundreds of local, lesser known gardens. They may be smaller, but their efforts just as worthy. These gardens still need weeding and watering by hard-working volunteers. While visiting my in-laws in Spring Hill, Florida, they took me to see the Nature Coast Botanical Garden. We were walking off the delicious fish tacos from BeckyJacks Food Shack down the road in Weeki Wachee, home of the live mermaid shows. Tucked away in a residential area off the main road, it is a charming collection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Diane: Of course you know it's a blueberry in bloom, but how many others would?!
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I'll never forget when a neighbor kid saw me pull a potato out of my garden. He was amazed but said "my mom says we can just go to the grocery store."
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