Blighted Impatiens, Dead Wheelbarrows, and Partridge Peas

So here is a bit of garden miscellany for today. Those of you who grumble that I never show the seamy underside of my garden should appreciate this post. First off, I have been blithely ignoring the Heartbreak of Impatiens Blight ever… Read More

If You Plant Just One Annual for Pollinators …

Pollinators love Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). 

Summer Containers in Sun: An Update

Now that it’s almost the middle of August, maybe it’s a good time to do an update on the flowering containers in the front garden. Overall, my assessment would be: they’re doing pretty well. Not spectacular, perhaps, but certainly pretty well.

The Summer Containers Are Planted

The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while… Read More

The Orange Daisies of Summer

Summer is coming. I know because last Saturday I planted Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). This is the moment every year when I feel that spring is starting to fade away and summer is coming over the horizon.

A Top 5 List for Midwestern Gardens

Richard Hawke is the Plant Evaluation Manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden, so it’s fair to say he knows a lot about plants. Recently I was interested to see a post he wrote for CBG’s blog entitled “What Are the Best Plants… Read More

Make No Little Flower Pots

So the container gardening season has gotten off to a bumpy start, what with the Great Daffodil Disaster of 2017. ¬†Nonetheless, I took a few days off this week and I couldn’t restrain myself from filling the pots with spring flowers. Also,… Read More

The Pansies of Autumn

It is my contention that Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are underused, and Chrysanthemums overused, as fall annuals.

Mid-August Blooms, Part 1

I had a happy reunion with the garden after Judy and I returned from our trip late Saturday afternoon. The first thing I noticed were bright swaths of yellow that seemed to dominate the area in front of the house. Yellow –… Read More

Summer Containers for Sun Report

In the Spring the front garden containers are full of Tulips underplanted with Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). Now that the Tulips are but a memory, though, I’ve devoted some time over the last couple of weeks to replanting with summer annuals. The… Read More