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  • Monarda Madness May 21, 2015
    The first Monarda blooms of 2015 opened up this week, kicking off a series of great blooms from now until late summer.  Every year I learn to appreciate this genus of native flowers so much more until I feel that I might just be on the edge of monarda madness because last year I actually […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautifu […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Twinleaf May 19, 2015
      A very early wildflower, Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla, is native to eastern North America. It is a plant that I must remind myself to hunt for, well before I’m used to finding wildflowers blooming. Here in the mountains of central Virginia, that crucial time is late March into early April. Each flower only lasts for a very […] We love hearing from you! P […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Trilliums April 21, 2015
    There is not much more thrilling than hiking through the woods and finding a patch of native wildflowers. Some are minuscule, not of bright color, others can knock your socks off. Trilliums fill the bill for knocking my socks off! In the picture above, you see White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, about to bloom in one of my gardens. I’ve […] We love hearin […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Help for Hummers April 16, 2015
    Putting up a hummingbird feeder is a fun way to bring hummingbirds close to a viewing space like a window. Like other types of bird feeders, it is often the first step in developing a love of our feathered friends and a desire to nurture them. So once you’ve taken the first step, I’d encourage […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Native Plant Appreciation Week, Osceola County Florida April 10, 2015
    Today’s article is going to be about promoting the use of native plants, mostly because I forgot that today was Friday and didn’t do any critter research. I’ve been busy promoting The Central Florida Native Plant Sale (3rd annual) which is today, April 10, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 1 […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Ladies of the Day April 3, 2015
    Notwithstanding their common name, I’ll start by clarifying that they aren’t all ladies.  After all, in North America the order odonata need male and female to reproduce. I’m not clear how these insects acquired their common name.  Damselflies are an interesting group of insects. Predatory in both larval and adult stages, these are insects you […] We love he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Skink Wars and More on These Sleek Lizards March 28, 2015
    I was on the patio late one afternoon and the trashcan was rocking.  I glanced over since you never know what creature of nature will be visiting my place.  I figured that maybe a black racer or water snake had slithered underneath the wheels setting the rocking in motion. Then I heard thrashing and a […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see al […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Spring Garden Care March 26, 2015
      Spring Garden Care People who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it’s really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before winter. But what then happens in the spring for garden care?   Here in […] We lo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Downy Woodpeckers March 24, 2015
    A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed entirely in black and white, while the […] We love hearing from you […]
    Brenda Clements Jones

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Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate

Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?

~Henry Finck

Have you ever grown a plant for years only to have it slowly disappear, unnoticed perhaps, from your garden? I confess that though I keep a good record of what I have planted every season there’s a lot [...]

The Lovely Decline Of Summer

Delicious autumn!

My very soul is wedded to it,

and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth

seeking the successive autumns.

- George Eliot

I love autumn! Everything I have enjoyed (and sometimes endured) with the summer garden is [...]

Nasturtiums: Use Your Blooms!

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are known and loved by gardeners everywhere for their ease, adaptability and colorful showy blooms so cherished by hummingbirds. It’s no secret that the the leaves, buds, flowers, unripe pods and seeds are all edible, but there’s often questions as to just how to use them. [...]

When Edible Wants Ornamental

Risk! Risk anything!

Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices.

Do the hardest thing on Earth for you.

Act for yourself. Face the truth.

Katherine Mansfield

It’s always good to try new things. I’m not always [...]

Bloom Day!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,

nor the most intelligent that survives.

It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

~Charles Darwin

Everything in the garden is a surprise this season. The chilly weather, the prolific weeds, the endless rain… [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Flower Power

Flowers…

are a proud assertion that

a ray of beauty

outvalues all the utilities of the world.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Gardenscape 2010

The sudden onset of beautiful sunny weather had me outside sowing seeds, clearing beds and just plain enjoying the mild days. With the garden well underway and the first day of spring officially here I think it’s a great time to share a few of my favorite pictures from “Gardenscape” the Rochester, NY flower show. [...]

Flower Power

Flowers really do intoxicate me.

~Vita Sackville-West

Thirty-four days until spring, a good time to plan ahead for the summer garden! Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle within one year and include many of the garden’s most useful flowers. They offer wide-ranging colors and forms, blooms for [...]

Heirloom Vegetables: Art in the Garden

While I sift through seed packets and sketch out garden plans for the summer garden I am reminded again just how valuable heirloom seeds are. The history and heritage of each is a fascinating look back at gardening in countries all over the world. Seeds were lovingly collected and saved, safely tucked away for the [...]

Seeds for Thought

“Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom.”

E.B. White

With 2010 seed selections becoming available it’s not too soon to begin planning the summer garden. If you’re considering planting a garden for the first time (or know someone who is and need gift ideas), this list of  easy-to grow vegetables will [...]