Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we are posting on this blog once again because we want to talk about the crocus lawn, which, if we may brag, is looking as good as it has ever looked. And for the record, let us say that we are taking the credit because Carol hasn't planted a single crocus corm in the lawn for the past two years. Oh, sure, there for a while she was dropping in 1,000 a year, though some years it was only 500. But when you see how closely grouped some of … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Discuss the Crocus Lawn
Before you take a seat to read what I have to say about garden seating, or rather what Dorothy Giles has to say about garden seating, I want to assure you that this picture is not recent. I'm not sure what year I took it, but when I went looking for a picture of these two chairs, this picture popped up. "Good enough," I said to myself. It shows that these chairs are made of a material that can withstand all the weather that can be thrown at them. Those chairs have been there for about 12 … [Read more...] about Garden Seating
Once again, as I laid my seed packets on the counter at the check-out, the cashier felt the need to tell me that she had a black thumb and couldn't grow anything. I had three choices. I could smile and nod in understanding. Maybe I could given her the affirmation she wanted by saying, "Yes, not everyone is blessed with the ability to grow plants. But at least you know you can't, and so that leaves all the seeds and plants for the rest of us. Thank you!" Or, I could look concerned, and … [Read more...] about Green Thumbs, Black Thumbs, All Thumbs in the Garden?
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for February 2024. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6b garden in central Indiana, February has brought sunshine and some warmer temperatures, and the crocuses have come marching out to cover the back lawn. I am pleased to see them growing in groups and still coming up strong even though I stopped planting new corms about two years ago. I can tell by the clumps of flowers and the occasional lone crocus growing where I know I didn't plant one that they … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – February 2024
What is a proper plant label? Clearly, this isn't a proper plant label because the writing has worn off. I have no idea what it is marking, but it is out in a flower bed where I was weeding the other day. Yes, weeding. In February. Because the chickweed and creeping charlie (or is it henbit?) are already beginning to claim their ground. And I'm not going to allow them to do so. But back to labels. The real question is, of course, to label or not to label plants in the garden. … [Read more...] about On Labeling Plants in the Garden
Indianapolis, IN - The first crocuses opened up on Thursday, February 1st in the back lawn of gardener, Carol Michel. Michel reports that the previous year she spotted the first crocus on January 29th so she expected the first bloom this year when she spotted it on February 1. However, she admits that she failed to check the lawn on January 30th and January 31st so the first crocus bloom may have shown up earlier than February 1st. On Sunday, February 3rd, she went out to the lawn and … [Read more...] about Crocus Lawn Awakens!