Flower Bulb Chilling and Forcing:101

Flower Bulb Chilling and Forcing:101

Chilled Bulbs 101 Having a plan when it comes to gardening sets you up for future success. Planning now for winter garden projects as well as the awakening of the earth in spring can reap bountiful rewards. Chilling bulbs for indoor forcing or gardening in warm climates requires early planning...
10 Perennials to Plant This Fall

10 Perennials to Plant This Fall

Perennials: Plants that Keep On Keepin On’ Perennials have been a hot gardening topic for years. People love that they can plant perennials one time and not have to re-plant for many years. The term perennial can be confusing for a few reasons, hopefully, I can help clear common confusion...
The Beginner's Guide to Gardening with Tulips

The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening with Tulips

Tulips are some of the most recognizable flowers in the world! In the 1600s they took the world by storm and caused the first major economic bubble in the Netherlands, known as Tulip Mania. While the initial hype over tulips caused prices to skyrocket. In the current day and age...
Planting Lilies This Fall: 6 Things to Consider

Planting Lilies This Fall: 6 Things to Consider

Lily bulbs produce showy, colorful blooms throughout the summer months. Lilies are considered easy to grow flower bulbs that have few requirements for success. While lily bulbs can be planted in spring they grow especially well when planted in fall. If lilies are your favorite flower, you are in luck...
The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

Herbaceous Peonies vs Itoh Hybrid Peonies The plant world is always developing new and exciting cultivars and hybrids of plants. It is hard for me to keep up on all of the new developments in the plant world, but when I do learn about a new group or type of...
Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Connecting with nature is important for your health and happiness. When I see butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other flying friends in my garden it brings a smile to face. Even my dogs are fascinated by the intricate and delicate butterflies that come visit my the annuals and perennials in my...
Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

You, like me, like most gardeners want a bounty of beautiful blooms in their spring garden. You have made your purchase, received your flower bulbs, got your shovel ready, amended your soil and are ready to plant.  But then out of nowhere you hear this chirping sound coming from the...
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7 Deer Resistant Combinations for Spring Blooms

7 Deer Resistant Combinations for Spring Blooms

You’ve waited all winter and part of spring to see the bulbs you planted blooming. They’re up, they have leaves, stems, and a bud—but then Bambi and her crew shows up and decide your tulips look like a good afternoon snack – all that waiting and hard work for nothing but disappointment. It’s a story...
Lasagna Garden: Planting Flower Bulbs in Layers

Lasagna Garden: Planting Flower Bulbs in Layers

Everyone wants flowers blooming all the time, right? Since I have been working with plants, I have noticed that people want flowers blooming as much and for as long as possible. I understand why people want flowers blooming all the time because flowers are beautiful! Creating a garden with flowers blooming requires planning, hard work,...
The Beginner's Guide to Gardening with Daffodils

The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening with Daffodils

He was so enamored by his handsome reflection in a pool of water that the gods punished him by turning him into a flower. Who was this boy? And what flower did they turn him into? The boy’s name was Narcissus. The flower the gods turned him into was the daffodil, which has the Latin...
Species Crocus vs Giant Crocus: Learn the Differences

Species Crocus vs Giant Crocus: Learn the Differences

Giant Crocus vs Species Crocus Early in spring when the snow starts to melt and the earth wakes up, one of the first flowers to emerge is the crocus. Adored for their bright yellow, purple, or white blooms early in the season crocus are an essential fall planted bulb to add to your garden. Did...
Top 12 True Blue Flowers to Plant this Fall

Top 12 True Blue Flowers to Plant this Fall

Natural Blue Flowers: Unique, Extraordinary and Rare Blue is the color of the sky and oceans; blue is seen all around us in nature when we look up and when we look to the sea. A place that blue is not so common in nature is in the garden. True blue flowers are rare, which...
10 Essential Bulbs for Fall Planting

10 Essential Bulbs for Fall Planting

A few days ago the season changed from summer to fall. Just like that those hot days and warm nights of summer are exchanged for warm days and cool nights of early fall. Eventually, cool days and cold nights will take over for the next several weeks or months. With the arrival of fall on...
Storing Dahlias for Winter

Storing Dahlias for Winter

Did you grow big, beautiful dahlias this past summer and want to keep them for next season? If you love growing dahlias and want to ensure your dahlia collection remains strong you will want to dig and store your dahlia tubers for next season. Here are 5 easy steps to storing your dahlia tubers for...
How to Plant Fall Bare Root Perennials

How to Plant Fall Bare Root Perennials

Fall is a Time for Activity Fall is a special and magical time of the year for outdoor activities. Casual outdoor activities with your family like a visit to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard or a crisp fall hike are a great way to enjoy the season. One of my favorite outdoor activities is...
Companion Plants for Bearded Iris: 7 Combinations for Color and Balance

Companion Plants for Bearded Iris: 7 Combinations for Color and Balance

Just like humans need companions to thrive, plants also need companions to thrive. Planting all of the same types of bush, tree or flower is no fun! Planting a limited selection of plants can also lead to problems if a disease or pest comes and wipes out that entire type of plant. When planning your...
Spray Painting Allium Flowers

Spray Painting Allium Flowers

DIY Summer Project: Spray Painting Allium Flowers Paint and flowers, do they mix? Maybe–if you are thinking of an artist painting a vase of flowers. In most other applications paint and flowers aren’t associated with each other…until now! A super easy and fun summer project is spray painting your allium flowers! You may be wondering...
Start Planning for Spring Blooms Now!

Start Planning for Spring Blooms Now!

Next spring may seem like a distant faraway time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for it now. If you were disappointed this past spring with the lack of blooms the entire spring or certain times this past spring there is no better time to start planning than now!  Planning for blooms all...
Gardening with Seed Mats Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Gardening with Seed Mats Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Calling all lazy gardeners, beginner gardeners or anyone else wants loads of flowers for a low cost with minimal effort! Gardening takes work–there is no getting around that fact. Want a vegetable garden? Better till the soil, add nutrients, plan for spacing and harvest time requirements + water regularly and keep the weeds out. Want...