I worked on clearing off more of the raised beds in the vegetable garden yesterday and discovered that the Stock flowers I planted in late spring were attempting to bloom. I told the story of this flower in another blog post, which you can read for the backstory if you'd like, but honestly, I try to make it so there is something to gain from reading just a single blog post without requiring the reader to know all the background information. Stock (Mattholia incasa) is in the same family as … [Read more...] about Taking Stock
Did you remember to say "rabbit, rabbit" before you got out of bed this morning? Did you read my blog post yesterday about the killing frost we had? I like that the first killing frost came on the last day of the month. Now, the first day of the month can be a natural clean slate. A nice, tidy way for Mother Nature to say, "It's over, turn that calendar page over to the new month and move on to the next season." Then she'll give me a swift kick out the door with the proper … [Read more...] about Rabbit, Rabbit, November!
When I slipped those little seedlings of yellow Profusion zinnias along the front of the flower border, I knew there were also bulbs there. Lots of them. In the spring, reticulated irises come up in that space, along with a smattering of spring crocuses. There are even some Ipheion, spring star flowers squeezed in there. And in the fall, as you can see from this latest picture, autumn crocuses send up their flowers. But in late spring and summer and early fall, which is a long time … [Read more...] about Bulbs and Annuals in the Same Space
Enjoy the view of 'Skyscraper Pink' salvia, a flower still blooming that I forgot to include in my latest bloom day post. I took this picture about a month ago but I assure you, this salvia still has some blooms on it today. Other salvias—which shall not be named—are no longer blooming which makes this salvia a stand-out in my opinion. I grew it from a plant I purchased at the local greenhouse in the spring, and I intend to grow it again next year. I've made sure, as best I can, … [Read more...] about Enjoy the View of the Skyscraper
Meet my new favorite marigold... Ugh, I just realized that there is a weedy ol' nutsedge right in the center of this photo I took of my new favorite marigold. I'd never make it as a garden photographer. Anyway, meet Tagetes tenuifolia, the signet marigold. This particular variety is 'Gem Blend' which means I should have ended up with both 'Lemon Gem' and 'Orange Gem', but only a few of the seedlings I direct sowed in the garden came up, and clearly, they are 'Orange Gem'. Or … [Read more...] about My New Favorite Marigold
What are those? Zinnias. Nuh-uh Yes, zinnias. They don't look like zinnias. You don't believe me? These are Zinnia angustifolia, my new favorite zinnia. Such cute, little zinnias that form a nice mound about six to eight inches tall. I grew them from seed because every time I asked at the greenhouse if they were going to have any for sale, they shook their heads no because no one else was asking for them. Just me! So I grew them from seed myself. They were tiny … [Read more...] about Little Zinnias