This is a rockery trowel People ask, "How do you plant bulbs in the lawn?" I answer, "With a rockery trowel." They nod knowingly. Of course, they should have thought of using a rockery trowel. As if they knew what a rockery trowel was. Show of hands... who knew what a rockery trowel was before reading this post? A rockery trowel is a trowel with a long skinny head which allows me to plant hundreds thousands of bulbs in my lawn. I merely thrust the trowel into the ground, push it … [Read more...] about Rocking the bulbs in the lawn
Pretty little mystery flower in the lawn I've spent time the last three evenings on my hands and knees and sometimes on my butt planting bulbs for Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa gigantia (also known as Chionodoxa lucillia), in my back lawn. I bought 1,000 bulbs of Glory of the Snow, which doesn't take as long as you might think to plant. I timed my first 300 bulbs. 40 minutes. Not bad. After three sessions, I'm almost done planting these bulbs, which also don't go as far … [Read more...] about Wildflower Wednesday – Flowers in the Lawn
Hello, Carol Hi, Dr. Hortfreud. It's been awhile, hasn't it? Yes, Carol, but I sense you need a session with me now. Oh, yes, I do. Always. Well, it looks like rain, so why don't we meet in the sun room around the house plants. Oh no, Dr. Hortfreud, I would like to have a mowing session with you. Besides, if you look to the west, it's sunny out. But if you look to the east, Carol, it's all cloudy and looks like it might rain. I want to go for it, Dr. Hortfreud. If you must, Carol, but we … [Read more...] about Dr Hortfreud: On Mowing in the Rain
Magnolia stellata It occurred to me this week. When the star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) blooms, it is generally time to mow the lawn. Now that I know this, I won't have to actually look at the lawn to decide when I should mow it for the first time. I'll just mow whenever the magnolia blooms. I'm kidding. I will look at the lawn to decide if it is ready for the first mowing. But I won't look until the magnolia is blooming. You can't stop me. In other news, I'm posting another … [Read more...] about You can’t stop me!
Columbine seedlings in the leaves Elizabeth Lawrence, the famous southern garden writer, had one for her garden. So did the writer, Eudora Welty, who spent a lot of time in her garden, fussing over her camellias. She wrote in her gardening letters during World War II it was hard to find a reliable one. I never thought I'd have one, but I do. Yes, I have a guy I call to come out and help in the garden when I don't have the time or the strength or both to tend to it as it should be … [Read more...] about My garden has never been more ready for winter
Meet me where the clover grows, and I'll take you to a place and time when kids happily spent hours looking through the clover patches, hunting for the elusive four-leaf clover. I'll show you how kids spent an entire evening picking the flowers and carefully tying them together to make bracelets and necklaces and hoping to set a record by making the longest clover chain possible. Meet where the clover grows and all around us we'll listen to the symphony of a garden, where the orchestra … [Read more...] about Meet me where the clover grows