Spigelia marilandica is one of the perennials I've wanted to try in my garden for quite some time. I cannot count how many times I asked for it at various greenhouses, nurseries, and garden centers. I usually got one of the following answers. "We had some but they sold out already." I hated to hear that! "We'll probably have it later this summer." Of course, this is at a greenhouse far enough away from my house that I'm unlikely to return later in the summer. "Huh?" They don't … [Read more...] about I found it! Spigelia!
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(Inspired by a podcast called Lost Ladies of Lit, I've decided to write an occasional post about lost ladies of garden writing.) We begin with Kate L. Brewster, simply because her book was the first one I grabbed when I was going through my personal library of old gardening books. The Little Garden for Little Money, by Kate L. Brewster (1924) is part of a series of books called The Little Garden Series edited by Mrs. Francis King (Louisa Yeomans King). Brewster notes in the forward of … [Read more...] about Lost Ladies of Garden Writing: Kate L. Brewster
This is the absolute truth. I was out weeding in the garden on Saturday and discovered a morel mushroom growing near the base of... ... I just remembered a good morel mushroom hunter never reveals the exact location where they find mushrooms. I'm not a good morel mushroom hunger. I'm going to tell you all where I found this one because I trust you not to go tromping through my garden looking for more morel mushrooms. And I'm open to theories about how this came to be in my … [Read more...] about Morel Mushrooms, In My Garden
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we have not posted in a while because it is spring and we have been busy. We are garden fairies. But, recently, we saw several kids running around the garden after they finished hunting for Easter eggs and decided that we should report on their activities in a garden such as this. We have three observations. First, Carol is quite relaxed about kids running around in her garden. It was mostly their parents who warned them about … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Report on Kids in the Garden
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for April 2022. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are enjoying—experiencing?—enduring?—a slow spring. Slow is good in some respects. It gives everyone more time to enjoy the flowers, like these Epimediums, variety unknown. I like to call them Fairy Wings, though most people call them Bishop's Hats. Elsewhere in the garden, the daffodils have been putting on a fine, lovely, and long show, and now the tulips are … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2022
Hello, my fellow gardeners. If you lean in close and not let others look over your shoulder, I'll share some of my bulb buying secrets with you. Secrets you need now, in the spring. Ready? Let's get started. Secret Tip 1: Look Around You Right Now Look around your garden and see where there are bare spots, places where maybe you plant annuals later in the spring, or just cover with mulch. Those might be good places to plant bulbs in the fall for spring flowers. Do this … [Read more...] about Bulb Buying Secrets You Need Now, In the Spring