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  • Pest Free? December 18, 2014
    Pest free is a very desirable trait in plants according to the nursery trade. I watched a large cockroach race across my counter today and I certainly wanted to be pest free at that moment! Pest is just a derogatory term for bugs, of course, and I don’t feel that all bugs are pests. Do […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Holiday Giving for Wildlife Gardeners December 17, 2014
    As we celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, put up our Christmas trees, bake delicious holiday goodies, and buy presents for our loved ones, I also like to give a little back to wildlife by working to create more wildlife habitats in our gardens and communities. There are many ways you can give a […] We love hearing from you! Please click her […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Is “Drink Your Tea” in Your Garden? December 16, 2014
    Male Towhee Look low and listen for the rustling of leaves! You will often wonder what animal might be coming your way, especially in the fall when fallen leaves blanket the ground. Be patient and you might see the beautifully marked Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) using its two-footed backward hop to turn over leaves to […] We love hearing from you […]
    Joni James
  • Snuffleupagus: In the Garden Stuck on You December 12, 2014
    The great reptile hunter was at it again.  I saw my dog Chili lying in the grass, alert and stretching out her paw like she was batting at something.  And, of course, she was.  Meet Timmy the turtle (named after a pull toy I owned as a toddler…ahhhh memories!). Timmy is actually a three striped […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Itzy and Bitzy…New Spiders for Me December 5, 2014
    The Groundsel Bushes (Baccharis spp.) a.k.a. Saltbush have been a-buzz.  By far the most visited of all shrubs in my Florida native plant garden this week.  Various wasps and ants and beetles have been mining the leaves for tasty morsels of the Groundselbush Beetle (Trirhabda bacharidis) larvae and/or aphids or scales. I was surprised that […] We love hearin […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • From the New York Botanical Garden December 4, 2014
    Recently I attended a symposium at the New York Botanical Garden called, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities. I was especially curious to hear Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden speak, and I wasn’t disappointed. I promised last month to write about the symposium’s content. Honestly, I’m still digesting the message from the […] We love hearing […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Virginia Pine December 2, 2014
    The holidays. They’re here. They’ve got me thinking of pine trees, and pinecones. And I’m wishing for snow. I’ve had a tiny bit of snow already, but I’m ready for more. This is Virginia pine, Pinus virginiana. I live in a cabin, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in central Virginia. There are plenty of Virginia pine up […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Thanksgiving December 1, 2014
    I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend with their families. I found these photos in my archives and thought they would be perfect for the season.  I love to do “set-up” shots to highlight seasonal themes . . . colorful gourds being some of my favorite subjects.  My brother built an arbor this year […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Judy Burris
  • Saturday Night Live Musical Guest in the Garden November 28, 2014
    I eyed a beefy looking katydid the other day, lounging on the leaf of a Redbay sapling (Persea sp.).  It was munching away probably trying to gain some nourishment to build up its strength.  This guy…and yes, it is a male…appeared to have done battle with a predator at some point. Antennas were broken off […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to se […]
    Loret T. Setters

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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 [...]