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Go Wild with Native Roses

Photo by William Cullina The accepted wisdom on roses is forbidding. The queen of flowers requires royal treatment: the richest soil, drip irrigation, a bed of its own, and precise pruning at a 45-degree angle. If the rituals aren’t done just right, the luxurious shrub with its delicate ...

Memorial Day

Right now as I write this, May is in full swing. The weather has warmed up, the sun is out, and the rain has stopped for a little while. I pretty much have all of my shorts, short sleeves, and sleeveless shirts in my dresser, ready to wear. I spend every moment that I can outside. Winter ...

Planning a Cutting Garden

Learning to grow and savor what you produce is what makes farming a lifestyle not just a living. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011), from husband and wife team Michael and Audrey Levatino, provide a working example of how to live sustainable lives while protecting the land. In this excerpt from the ...

Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy ...

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All About Zinnias

These days, there’s a lot of hype surrounding monarch butterflies and honeybees. Many gardeners have become concerned about doing their part, and environmental stewards have been quick to offer suggestions. Topping the suggestion list is creating a home garden centered around ...

Flowers in Bloom

It's now May. Spring is here and flowers are blooming. I am so thrilled!After such a long winter and now a wet spring, I find myself sad from watching all the flooding that is going on. So I try to take some comfort in going for walks with Jake and Buddy. This is s the time of year when I ...

Spring

Spring is here, finally. After what seemed like forever, Mother Nature has finally loosened her grip on winter. The snow is gone and the temperature is finally warmed up. At last, I can enjoy the outdoors. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to shake loose from the cabin fever that I ...

Ouch! Roses and Fire Ants

In the Central Valley of California, my roses and I are subjected to hot summer temperatures, which leave both of us a little worse for wear. This past summer it was over 100 degrees for 70 days out of the 90 days of June, July and August. I know. I kept track. The bad part is this: when it ...

Spring Has Arrived

Who's ready for spring? I know I am. Warm weather, longer days — no wonder I was so excited to wake up on Monday morning to the official first day of spring. Granted, the temperature here is still going back and forth from warm to cool, but it won't be long now before I can get out and start ...

Sweet Smells and A Pale Green Thumb

I don't know about anyone else, but I love the smell of flowers. I often take the saying, "stop and smell the roses" to heart. I do that every time I go to the post office — once when I go in and again when I leave. At home, I have a honeysuckle vine. A pen pal sent it to me several years ...

Saving the World One Garden at a Time

When the United Nations wanted to get gardening this spring, they called Gardener’s Supply Company for help. Gardener’s Supply is one of only a handful of companies tapped to help grow the first community garden on international territory at the UN in New York.“Gardener’s Supply Company ...

May Day

When I was a kid, we made the most of May Day. We would take a waxed Dixie cup, add a pipe cleaner as a handle, and then fill it with lilacs and spirea blossoms. These May baskets would be delivered to grandmothers and the babysitter. It was great to ring the doorbell and run! When the lilacs ...

Spring Update

It is interesting how time becomes warped as winter just goes on and on .... It is amazing to enjoy the first warmer days of spring. Everything is waking up.One of the projects I have been working on is reclaiming the greenhouse. Pat and I built this greenhouse for Dad about 10 years ago. It ...

Early Signs of Spring 2014

As I write this post, the wind is howling and the wind chill is below zero. We have a barn full of does and kids that are doing their very best to cuddle up and stay warm. Two days ago I was in shirt sleeves and hauling horse manure around to fertilize all the flowerbeds, roses and jonquils ...

The Winter Blahs and Piddling in the Garden

It has been a hard winter, not so much due to snow and cold as to this depression. My mother passed away a year ago March 10th, 2012 and still I am bogged down with this sadness. Spring is close now, so close I can smell its promise and just as it renews life in our gardens it seems to be ...