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We first heard of Harold Cross when he appeared on one of our local news channels, proudly showing off his display of over 16,000 Daffodils in the green hills of Morrisville, Vermont. I quickly set up a time to head out and meet this interesting 70-year-old man who has created one of the most impressive — and interesting — displays of Daffodils and perennials with his wife Leila at their farm Crossview Gardens. I drove the windy dirt roads out to Harold’s home on a rainy day in late May. He had warned me on the phone that the Daffodils were not in peak season and that he really wished I had come earlier, but as soon as I pulled into the driveway it was evident that he was wrong. The post 16,000 Daffodils: Visiting A Plant-Obsessed Vermonter appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Whether you’re hosting a small backyard get-together with family and friends or a big barn celebration with hundreds of people, favors that grow and bloom are something guests will hold on to and remember your special day. Seed packets are a popular favor at weddings, but there are countless other ways to bring your love of gardening home with guests after your special day. We’ve put together a variety of easy ways to create your own DIY Flower Wedding Favors with Gladiolus Bulbs and Seed Paper. If you’re getting married in the fall, replace the Gladiolus bulbs with Tulip bulbs! The post DIY Flower Wedding Favors: Bulbs & Seed Paper appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
One of the most rewarding parts about gardening is snapping photos of your precious flowers and being able to share them with family and friends. This is why we host a Photo Contest several times per year: we allow you to submit your best photos for the chance to win a gift certificate and to be featured to over 280,000 other gardeners on our social media. Like always, our 2018 Spring Photo Contest was a hit and we had the joy of browsing through hundreds of amazing gardens. We’re excited to announce or Grand Prize and Runners-Up winning photos.The post 2018 Spring Photo Contest Winners appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
No matter where in the country you are, May is one of the busiest gardening months. It’s a time when our gardens come alive and start bursting with blooms, and is also a big month for planting wildflowers, perennials, tender annuals, and more. We’ll talk about what to add to your garden in May, along with important maintenance tasks to keep up with to ensure a long, healthy growing season. The work you put in now will pay off in the summer months, we promise! The post May Gardening Chores appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Although many seeds can be sown directly on bare soil in the spring or the fall, some flower varieties fare better being started weeks before the ground warms up. There are innumerable ways to start seeds and a variety of tools available for purchase to assist in the process. We’ll go over some of the most common (and successful) ways to start seeds both indoors and out, as well as give our favorite tools for the job. The post How To Start Seeds appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Wildflower gardeners have always wanted a quick, easy way to create a big burst of color in their gardens or meadows with as little effort and cost as possible. Because of this, we created our famous All Annual Mixture decades ago to give these gardeners just what they were asking for. As a result, thousands of gardens, meadows, and lawns across the country have been ignited in easy annual wildflower colors and have become an oasis for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. But recently we’ve had requests for the same type of easy color, only pared down a bit. Instead of 8-10 different varieties blooming at once each season, these gardeners wanted 1-2. We worked with them to create two new simplicity seed mixtures, while also keeping the same big variety mixture we all love.The post Best Wildflower Combinations: Wildflower Simplicity v. Variety appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Steve and Lynn moved into Steve’s great-grandfather’s home (where his mother grew up) 12 years ago. The house sits on about ¼ acre and had minimal landscaping except for some Irises, a few shrubs, and a 50-year-old patch of Rhubarb. In the decade since they’ve re-populated the family home, they’ve managed to create a peaceful landscape with several garden rooms that all tie together, all while creating a nostalgic feel for a home that has been in their family for generations. The post Garden Tour: A Whimsical Perennial Garden With Rooms, Nostalgia appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
This Earth Day, we’ve put together a few easy Earth Day Projects for you to do with your children, to give out as DIY gifts at your office, hand out at your book club, or anywhere else you’ll be celebrating the earth on April 22. We’ve included super quick, easy ideas to more hands-on activities for those looking to spend a little more time.The post Easy Earth Day Projects appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow and maintain, but designing a thoughtful wildflower garden can take time, research, and knowledge of when each variety blooms. To make your wildflower planting that much easier, we’ve put together some of our favorite easy-to-grow wildflower combinations and will talk about specific growing conditions for each.The post Wildflower Design: Favorite Easy-to-Grow Combinations appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
We've all seen (or possibly grown) an elegant shaded landscape featuring spiked Astilbe, colorful Bleeding Hearts, vibrant green Hostas, and more. These shade gardens have their place — rightfully so — in many landscapes, but while at the Philadelphia Flower Show last week I learned about another type of shade garden. A truly no-fuss wild shade garden. A type of woodland shade garden that can be planted peacefully underneath your deciduous trees and purposefully forgotten about year after year until the ground is covered in native Trillium, Bloodroot, and more.The post Create An Easy Shade Garden With Woodlands (& Patience) appeared first on American Meadows Blog.