Category: Flowers

Container Gardening Basics for Portable Patio Pizzazz

Container Gardening Basics for Portable Patio Pizzazz

Would you like an easy way to add bursts of color and texture to any part of your outdoor living space? Now, what if you could move them anywhere they’re needed in your yard or on your patio? You can do that and more once you know the basics of container gardening. Now that Mother’s […]

May 20, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Mulch: Need-to-Know Basics

How to Mulch: Need-to-Know Basics

Every year in late winter, Mr. President and I pull on our muddy boots and head outside to mulch most of our yard. Despite the back-breaking work, it’s a nice way to get a first dose of fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up all winter. The house we moved into last year sits […]

May 6, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Edible Flowers are Pretty and Tasty

Edible Flowers are Pretty and Tasty

After a long and annoyingly persistent winter, one of the things I’m looking most forward to is garden fresh food. Lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, and peas welcome the first days of warm weather, but what about a little color? A burst of unexpected flavor? Don’t overlook the edible flowers of spring. Before you start grazing […]

April 29, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

Attracting wildlife to my yard was one of the many reasons why I got into perennial gardening years ago. Besides adding color, animation, and life to the garden, hummingbirds, songbirds, buzzing bees, and butterflies provide a connection to nature that’s often lost if you live in a city or even the suburbs. Of all the wildlife […]

March 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Perennial Gardening:  A Rehab Story

Perennial Gardening: A Rehab Story

  They say good things come to those who wait, but I think good things come to those who grab a shovel and work up a sweat. This is my personal gardening philosophy, and I’ve lived by it ever since I discovered the joy of building a beautiful yard. It’s true that gardening can teach patience […]

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Wanted DEAD:  Japanese Beetles

Wanted DEAD: Japanese Beetles

Every year, I learn a thing or two (or a dozen!) about garden pests that can wreak havoc on my prized perennials. And believe me, there are many! My first year with a garden, I noticed that the leaves on my hosta were starting to look like Swiss cheese. I actually didn’t notice it until it was really bad. […]

June 7, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
Dividing Perennials:  Boost Your Garden ROI

Dividing Perennials: Boost Your Garden ROI

There are lots of expensive hobbies out there, like learning to fly a Cessna or extreme ice climbing.  I never thought of gardening as an expensive hobby until I started my own perennial garden several years ago.  It’s pretty easy to spend a few hundred bucks at a time when you’re glassy-eyed and infatuated with new […]

May 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Instant Charm with Window Boxes

Instant Charm with Window Boxes

Want something that will make you smile every time you come home?  The instant charm of window boxes brimming with flowers does the trick. I’ve long been a fan of window boxes, and I first used them to add even more charm to my old brick home years ago. They add color and style, and they can […]

April 26, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More