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The Lemon Curd Club

blossom in my lemon tree It was my dearest friend Maloah who introduced me to lemon curd, which was apparently a tradition in her family–she used to make it with her mother. And so she continues to spread the joy, gifting bottles on special occasions. In my case, it was a birthday. She had put […]

New-Video Update by Susan Harris

Today Good Gardening Videos announced to its subscribers 36 new videos, plus a new feature – a guide to videos on a timely subject. The first such guide covers Videos about Pruning Spring-Blooming Shrubs, including the best 8 videos we could find and a link to 4 more. Included are 3 new ones: Plant Amnesty’s Easy to Prune? Evergreen […]

A Visit to The Huntington Botanical Gardens

If you’re ever in or near Southern California, I encourage you to visit the amazing Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino - they’re simply exquisite. American railroad magnate, [&hellip...

Fear of the Outdoors or Sensible Defenses Against Insects? by Susan Harris

Gardeners and other outdoors-types have always had to deal with mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers, and many of us chose to pretty much ignore them. But then came Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, which got even a diehard like me starting to worry. A friend contracted the dreaded Lyme and has since abandoned her garden. […]

May flowers from A (agave) to V (vitex)

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

As the days fly toward summer, the daylilies are showing off their lovely throats… …and blushing, ruffled petals. Here’s ‘Best of Friends’. The first ‘Apple Tart’ smolders among the white-striped flax lilies. Stretching on long stems like giraffe necks, ‘Wilson’s Yellow’ daylily stands tall amid grasses and aster foliage. Show More Summary

Coneflower – Fasciated

Q: My granddaughter spotted this flower in my front yard. It seems very unique. It has one very wide stem and a daisy bloom that wraps around that looks like two blooms made together. A: This is a very interesting physical phenomenon called fasciation. It is caused by the bud on the stem producing flattened […]

Ginkgo – Sprouts From Stump

Q: Our beautiful ginkgo tree was destroyed a few years ago in a storm. We left the stump in place. Now, there are two new trees sprouting up from the stump. What is the best thing to do? A: I am sad to say I don’t think the sprouts will do what you want them […]

Going big with art by Elizabeth Licata

On a recent visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, I was almost as impressed by the thoughtful sculpture installations throughout the grounds as I was by the plantings (which are lovely). The DBG has a distinguished partner in this art project: Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center has placed modern and contemporary works by Judith Shea, Henry […]

Curb appeal Texas-style and remembering the flood

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I dined at a flower farm in Blanco, Texas, last weekend, which I plan to write about soon. But for now, a teaser of Blanco charm. This little red cabin is one of several at Blanco Settlement, a welcoming outpost of 9 rentable cabins, RV hookups, a pavilion, and a gift shop clustered along the scenic Blanco River. Show More Summary

Country Gardens book review & interview at Garden Style San Antonio

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

It’s an exciting day when you see that Ken Druse, a superstar in the garden-writing world, has reviewed your book. I picked up the the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Summer 2016) at Barnes & Noble over the weekend… …and was...Show More Summary

My Long Clematis Pergola

I love the flowering vine called clematis, and over the years, I’ve grown many varieties of this lovely plant. Soon after I bought my Bedford, New York farm, [&hellip...

God, Guns and Gardens by Allen Bush

I’ve run myself ragged the last few weeks. Kentucky has had the most beautiful spring I can remember. May has been rainy and cool. Blooms went on forever. The weeds got ahead of me, yet chiggers and heat didn’t crash my spring party. But it became harder to avoid the hot air once the National […]

Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday: I’ll be speaking!

Central and south Texas gardening friends, are you going to the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday? I am! In fact, I’ll be giving a presentation at 10:30 am about how to make a garden that is both water thrifty and beautiful. Show More Summary

Planting in the New Garden

This spring, I decided to fill the area across from my long clematis pergola with beautiful Stewartia trees and lush, green shade-loving plants. Over the last several weeks, [&hellip...

Snake lounging and whale flowering in the garden

The biggest snake I’d ever seen in my garden was lounging in a bamboo hammock this morning. Earlier, while looking out my office window, I’d noticed a bamboo cane leaning horizontally and thought, “Hmm, did it rain again?” But no, everything looked dry, so I eventually moseyed out to take a look. Show More Summary

Felder Rushing’s Mississippi Garden by Susan Harris

You may know Felder from his radio show, his books, or one of his highly entertaining talks.  Actually, I’m entertained by everything Felder does so while researching for Good Gardening Videos I was delighted to find this 16-minute tour of his home garden, with plenty of bon mots from Felder himself. It’s an Oklahoma Gardening […]

Starting the Vegetable Garden on Facebook

Planting is in full swing here at the farm - have you started planting this year’s vegetables in your garden? I hope you caught my special LIVE Facebook [&hellip...

New Guide to the Garden Revolution, by Weaner and Christopher by Susan Harris

It’s finally here – the much-awaited Garden Revolution: How our landscapes can be a source of environmental change by Larry Weaner and GardenRant’s own Thomas Christopher. It’s described as the next step along the path started by Sara Stein and Douglas Tallamy, guiding us in the move from traditional horticulture to ecological gardening.  And it’s so […]

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