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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When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

Before we can answer the question of when the best time to plant summer-blooming bulbs, we must determine what summer-blooming bulbs are! Online retailers like Holland Bulb Farms and Tulip World sell a variety of bulbs, perennials, fruit and vegetable plants for planting in spring. Typically out of their assortment we consider “Summer-Blooming Bulbs” to...
The Beginners Guide to Gardening with Berries

The Beginners Guide to Gardening with Berries

You’re daydreaming of your own berry patch this summer. This berry patch is filled with juicy raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries. With your own berry patch, you can create jams, jellies, pies, desserts and even use them in savory dishes. Before your berry patch dream becomes a reality, it is helpful to have a plan....
Exciting Elephant Ears

Exciting Elephant Ears

The first plant I ever rescued from the brink of death was an elephant ear. During the summer of 2006, I was getting ready to move into my first apartment. Prior to moving out, I bought an elephant ear plant on 75% off clearance at the garden center where I worked. I didn’t want to...
How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

The dahlia is one of the most popular summer-blooming flower bulbs! New gardeners will love the bright colors, and ease of growing, as well as the large assortment of colors and bloom shapes to choose from. Experienced gardeners enjoy growing dahlias for the challenge of growing the biggest blooms possible, overwintering the dahlia tubers, and mixing...
5 Companion Planting Ideas for Begonias

5 Companion Planting Ideas for Begonias

Begonias are well known flowering plants for hanging baskets, planters and garden beds. These bold flowering bulbs brighten shaded garden areas and add loads of colors to patio planters. While begonias alone in a planter or bed make a statement, combining begonias with other garden plants adds additional interest to shade gardens. If you are...
Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Beautiful Shade Loving Blooms for your Beds, Baskets, and Containers! With over 350 species of begonias in existence, these shade-loving beauties are easily one of my favorite summer-blooming bulbs! My mostly shaded property has allowed me to experiment with the various begonia varieties, which I have grown increasingly fond of over time. At the garden...
The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening with Lilies

The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening with Lilies

True Lilies Lily is a broad term to describe a slew of various bulbs and perennials. In spring and summer gardeners’ plant: calla lilies, canna lilies, lily of the valley, daylilies, mountain lilies, pineapple lilies and of course the true lilies. What I mean by “true lilies” are Oriental Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, Tiger Lilies, Orienpet...
Top 20 Bulbs and Perennials for 2020

Top 20 Bulbs and Perennials for 2020

A new year has arrived which means its time for new plants. Since the new year arrives in the coldest part of the year many of us aren’t able to get into the garden and plant right away. Therefore, we have to daydream, plot and plan for warmer days in the garden. Dream with me...
Amaryllis After Bloom Care Tips

Amaryllis After Bloom Care Tips

Your friend got you a lovely amaryllis bulb this holiday season and you have enjoyed the blooms. What’s next for this amaryllis bulb? The aftercare of your amaryllis all depends on the type of amaryllis as well as your motivation for blooms the next year. Amaryllis bulbs will typically put on 1-3 sets of flowers....
2020 Gardening Resolutions

2020 Gardening Resolutions

Happy New Year! A new year and a new decade are upon us. With all this newness surrounding us, it is an optimal time to make some changes for the better and map out some plans for the next year and beyond. When it comes to making resolutions in my personal life, I don’t always...
10 Ways to Jazz Up your Amaryllis Plantings

10 Ways to Jazz Up your Amaryllis Plantings

If you thought I was going to teach your amaryllis how to play the trumpet or enjoy a little jazz flute I am sorry to disappoint with the news that I can’t teach those things. I don’t know how to play the trumpet. I like to use the term “jazz up” when adding a little...
Amaryllis Care: 6 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Amaryllis Care: 6 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Easy to Grow Blooms for Your Home Growing plants indoors is not always the easiest thing to do. Even people who have a green thumb can watch their thumb turn black when they try to grow a potted plant inside their home. I speak from personal experience on this; I tend to be able to...