by Jane Beggs-Joles    After a deceptively mild December, winter showed up with a vengeance in January. Freezing cold, plenty of snow, and some ice mixed in for good measure. February brought more of the same. When you’re not thinking about how much you don’t want to shovel yet again you’re likely thinking about the  promise of spring. You know what that means: a trip to the garden center.   After all, shopping for the spring garden is a lot more fun than shopping for spring clothes. Unlike 

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‘Marching’ To More Beautiful Gardens

by Kerry Ann Mendez   Spring is around the corner and many have a bad case of spring fever. Here are a few timely tricks to jump-start our flower gardens.   A well balanced snack can make a huge difference. As spring temperatures rise, plants surge into new growth, relying on energy stored in roots. A granular fertilizer, in the neighborhood of 5-5-5, can generate head-turning results. The fastest and easiest method for applying fertilizer is with a spreader, or hand casting, right before it

By |2019-01-23T05:37:28-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

by Rochelle Greayer     Left to Right:  Charmed® Velvet Shamrock Oxalis, Zinfandel™ Oxalis vulcanicola, Charmed® Jade Oxalis, Molten Lava™ Oxalis vulcanicola, Cottage Pink (Wood Sorrel) Oxalis, Charmed® Wine Oxalis     I’m finding the ever-increasing variety of oxalis (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In the last decade (or so) it seems like the color and shape choices have exploded – there is – literally – a whole rainbow of elegant and

By |2019-01-23T05:38:28-06:00November 21st, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring Inspiration

 by Rochelle Greayer     I am headed to the airport shortly to hop a plane to Seattle. I haven’t been to Seattle since a couple of weeks before I was married. I remember three things about that trip: 1. We dropped the transmission of our car on one of the most remote of the San Juan Islands and had to be rescued by the car rental company. 2. That is where I was when Princess Diana died – I first read it on the front page of a newspaper someone was reading at the next table while we had

By |2019-01-23T05:40:19-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Autumn Container Garden Recipe: Feathery Fall Fireworks

by Rochelle Greayer    Texture features large in this loosely planted arrangement that I am dubbing ‘Feathery Fall Fireworks’. Once again, I hope this inspires you beyond the typical container garden planting of mums for this fall season. My personal preference for container gardens is for plants that aren’t quite so dense and allow for a little bit of movement. I started with the cuphea Vermillionaire™ – this tough as nails plant was still alive, blooming, and quite pretty despite the last many

By |2019-01-23T05:27:35-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

by Rochelle Greayer  I went two very different directions with color in my garden this year.  Near the house and on my patio, I imagined a dramatic combo of purple and red that I thought would make a moody and maybe even a slightly exotic feeling place, and out further in the garden I went with calming pastel colored plants and flowers that seemed like cheery but also relaxing mix that I could enjoy while weeding and picking vegetables.   But I’ve decided I did it all wrong.  The reds are

By |2019-01-23T05:29:15-06:00November 21st, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments