Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for March 2018.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are in the ping-pong stage of changing seasons.
After several days of remarkable spring-like weather in late February—days I spent potting up pansies and violas and feeling behind in cleaning up the garden—the weather turned back to winter and I was scrambling to find my coat
I've been all over the internet looking for information on how to introduce your second book to your first book in such a way that the two will live in harmony.
There are countless articles on introducing new dogs to old dogs, new cats to old cats, cats to dogs, dogs to cats, toddlers to babies, even new fish to old aquariums.
But I can find nothing on how to introduce your second book to
Garden fairies here.
We are garden fairies and we are on high alert. We are sounding an alarm.
Why you, ask, are we on high alert? We are we sounding an alarm?
Because there are red, orange, blue and green flags all over the place all over the front garden all over.
And spray paint, too. Stripes in orange and red and blue and green. Though, the green stripe does not show up well on the
I've never killed a plant I purposely planted in my garden.
Sadly, sometimes those plants die on me, for either an inexplicable or explicable reason.
I do cringe a little when the reason is explicable.
Perhaps I put the plant in a less than ideal location, expecting a plant that likes wet feet to adapt to dry conditions or vice versa. Or maybe I planted those two opposites side by side and
More and more people are spitting in a little tube, sending the sample in the mail, and then eagerly awaiting a report to show them, by percentages, where their ancestors most likely came from.
Now, with no spitting, mailing, or waiting, you can find out what percent gardener you are.
Just take this simple assessment!
For each statement below, give your self up to 10 points based on how
Lonely, yet fun-loving book seeks a companion book.
Must have a great sense of humor and be willing to be taken outside into a garden.
They say opposites attract but so, too, does a similar view of what's fun and funny.
The right companion book must be willing to be called "the second book" without being offended but will hopefully be loved and enjoyed as much as the first book.
My goal for the last several years is to have something newly blooming at any given time in my garden. That's one of the reasons I planted the native Vernal or Ozark Witchhazel, Hamamelis vernalis.
It blooms in February, and right on schedule is blooming this February in my garden.
Though the flowers aren't that showy—especially when you have the straight species like I have—they do have a
Wouldn't it be nice if all we had to do in a garden is decide which flowers to take pictures of? Yesterday, February 25th, I had several choices.
The sun coaxed open more than a few flowers, including a lovely clump of Iris reticulata 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'. Once I saw those blue blooms in the back garden near the grape arbor, I needed no one to persuade me to take a few pictures of them.
Yesterday, I set a new personal record for the earliest day to plant pansies in containers on my front porch. February 20th.
Though I need no defense for my actions, should someone question my wisdom in planting so early, I have several pieces of evidence I can present on my own behalf.
I enjoyed a record high temperature of 76º Fahrenheit (24º Celsius). I challenge any
Some gardeners would probably like a GPS system to tell them exactly what to plant and where to plant it to reach their goal of having a nice garden.
They would program their gardening goal into their GPS—I'll let you decide if the "G" stands for global or garden—and up would pop the step by step directions they desired.
If I used a GPS to plant my garden, it would go something
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