Mysterious!

Stumbled over this while putting up Redneck Flowerbeds along the fence. (Ingredients–one 2 x 8, two metal stakes, one mallet, one chain link fence. Add dirt and mulch, plant vines along fence line so that you don’t have to keep staring at the @!@#!&! chain link.) My botanical knowledge is pretty extensive in some very […]

Seventh Day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …seven spiky yuccas! …six types of milkweed! …fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree!   Because it’s the internet, someone somewhere is already typing a comment informing me that the thing in […]

Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …six types of milkweed! …fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree!   Milkweed, as most of us probably know by now, is the only thing that monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat. So […]

Fifth Day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… fiiiiive! naaaaative! plaaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! ..three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree! You all know by now that I’m a native plant junkie, both because I want to support wildlife (and not just the eat-anything-generalists—I am still […]

SEEDS! SEEDS! OH GOD, THE SEEDS!

Rareseeds.com will be the death of me. Also, they have their new seed catalog out. After several very pleasant evenings spent laying in bed and circling things, I finally narrowed it down to about a dozen. Ask me if I have room for a dozen new vegetables. Ask me. Go on. No. Obviously not. But […]

Nasturium-splosion

The hapless young gardener is often warned against excessively fertilizing nasturtiums, because (so the books say) the plant will engage in excessive leaf production, at the expense of flowers. Nasturtiums, they say, want a poor, somewhat dry soil, in order to achieve maximum flower production. But words like “overly rich soil” can mean all sorts […]

Like Rugs, They Lie

So last year, I planted a cultivar of Agastache foeniculum, called “Snow Spike.” It has white flowers. Pollinators like it. (A. foeniculum, for the record, is our native giant blue hyssop, growing up to five feet tall.) I have looked through various grower information, and it’s either 18″, 24″, 36″ or 40″ tall, depending on […]

Unknown Weed

O internet brain trust, you found me the caterpillar in record time! Can you do the same with a weed? Never seen this one in the yard before, but it popped up everywhere after I mulched a large bed in the backyard, leading me to believe that the seeds may have come in on the […]

June, June, June!

The garden is glorious, so of course I am going out of town for a week at the height of its glory. On the one hand, I am sorry to miss it, on the other hand, I can pretend that was the one week when it all came together and looked totally magnificent, and I […]

Flowers That Count

Weird quirk, I admit—but I am secretly convinced that flowers don’t count if they were on the plant when I bought it.  So I can plant a plant with flowers currently on it, but those are not MY flowers—they belong to some greenhouse keeper somewhere else—until next year, when if the flowers return, I get […]