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Testing Pollinator Plants at Penn State by Susan Harris

Just in time for National Pollinator Week, my Garden Writers region planned a fabulous outing for members – to see the Penn State Trial Gardens near York, PA, especially their trials for pollinator plants. The goal is “to evaluate native species and their cultivars for attractiveness to pollinators and suitability for homeowner and agricultural use,” which is […]

Summer solstice evening

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

A pink sunset through the trees drew me outside this evening, but then I got sidetracked by the garden, including this pretty combo of ‘Color Guard’ yucca, Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora), and ‘Vertigo’ pennisetum, which has...Show More Summary

Wildlife Encounters by Thomas Christopher

I’ve posted before on this blog about the attraction of wildlife tracking in the garden.  Garden wildlife, I noted then, reminds me of teenagers – the critters eat distressingly huge meals then typically leave without communicating about what they have been up to or what their plans are. Reading the tracks is the only way […]

In a Vase on Monday: A Milkweed Bouquet

I didn't intend to put together a bouquet today, although there are plenty of flowers in bloom out in the garden. All I was doing was feeding my monarchs. Monarch egg on swamp milkweed. Right now, I've got a dozen monarchs that I'm raising in the house. Show More Summary

Look for my articles in Garden Design on Mosaic Gardens and Steve Martino desert garden

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Do you take Garden Design magazine? I’m pleased to be a contributing writer, and in the Summer 2017 issue you’ll find two articles I wrote about gardens in Arizona and Oregon that couldn’t be more different. “Into the Arroyo” tells the...Show More Summary

Patio life and summery goodness

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I hope all the pops out there are enjoying an easy day sitting on the patio or otherwise enjoying some time in the garden. It’s Father’s Day, and you deserve it! I spotted this relaxing patio and spikylicious steel planter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, where their back patio overlooks Lady Bird Lake. Show More Summary

Roses named after famous people

Just this year David Austin launched 3 roses named after people, so it would not come as a big surprise that there are many roses named after famous people. If you are deciding which varieties of roses to plant in your garden, you can choose ones named after your favourite celebrities or American presidents. Show More Summary

Plants With the Name “Walter”

Q: I’m looking for a plant with the name “Walter” to plant in my garden to honor my great-grandfather. Any suggestions? A: I have an evergreen Walter viburnum, Viburnum obovatum, and a Walter dogwood, Cornus walteri, in my landscape. The viburnum is four feet high and four feet wide but it can grow much larger. […]

Read This: Gardening with Foliage First

Today is Foliage Follow-Up, my monthly meme that encourages us to focus on often-underappreciated foliage plants, rather than spotlight-hogging flowers. That means it’s the perfect day to review a new book by two foliage-loving design experts, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz. Show More Summary

Flingers, First Trip to DC? by Susan Harris

Gardening get-togethers like the Garden Blogger Fling and Garden Writer events are the best possible ways to see great private gardens, and the Fling attendees coming to the Washington, D.C. area next weekend will see lots of them. But like Elizabeth, when I visit a city that’s new to me for a gardening event, I often […]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2017

I am so happy that I waited until this morning to write my GBBD post. I had been feeling as miserable as my garden looked prior to midnight last night when a frightful thunder storm raged through here. This storm brought the first rain of June to the garden. Show More Summary

A Gardening Education: Alberta and Omer by Allen Bush

  While I wait for my first social security check to arrive later this month, I have been thinking about two crucial mentors. Alberta Coleman and Omer Barber fostered my gardening career. They were as different as a peony and a prickly pear. I volunteered to work with Alberta Coleman in the Vista program in […]

Ask not for whom the lily beetle tolls by Elizabeth Licata

Finally, they’re here. For at least 5 years, now, I have been hearing tales of destruction and dire prophecies from friends and garden visitors who live to the east and northeast of Buffalo. “Do you have the lily beetle yet? They’re everywhere in (Rochester/New England/Ithaca, etc.). I don’t grow lilies any more. They ate them […]

Ai Weiwei and ATX sculptures, dazzling public art in Austin

2 weeks agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I love seeing public art — sculpture, murals, earthwork, any kind! — and often drag family members out to see new works. Last evening, I headed downtown to the Waller Creek boathouse on Lady Bird Lake to view a trippy new work by Chinese artist and human-rights advocate Ai Weiwei. Show More Summary

Silver Maple Tree – Can We Cut Roots To Ground Level

Q: We have a silver maple tree with roots two inches above ground. Would it hurt the tree to cut them to ground level using a draw knife and then cover with soil and grass? A: Slicing into the roots would be a major injury to the tree. It’s very likely they will begin to […]

Will Waterfall Japanese Maple Do Well In Zone 7b?

Q: Will Waterfall Japanese maple do well in Zone 7b? A: It should grow perfectly fine, although 7b is the warmer edge of this tree’s range. I would plant it in a spot that gets sunshine until early afternoon and then shade after tha...

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