urban gardening

Bulb Bargain: Fingerling Potatoes

If you’re looking to add some function to your small backyard garden or apartment patio, try some fingerling potatoes. These petite spuds do great in partial shade and don’t require much space to thrive. And when they’re grown, they can also make for a real quick and easy meal. They can be used as an...
Caught in a Dahlia Daydream - Planting Dahlias

Caught in a Dahlia Daydream – Planting Dahlias

Known for its vibrant colors and tightly-packed (often large) flower heads, the Dahlia is truly a wonder to behold in the summer garden. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in your garden, as well as different planting techniques and tips for growing them. Classification Dahlias come in a wide range...
Cleanse your Pallet -- and PLANT It!

Cleanse your Pallet — and PLANT It!

First of all, let me just say: I am so. excited. about this post! Last summer, Holland Bulb Farms contacted me about one of their many amazing customers: Marie. Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest, not far from the Canadian border where she works at a surgical center during the week and out her garden...
Growing Bulbs in Outdoor Containers

Growing Bulbs in Outdoor Containers

So you love tulips, daffodils, hyacinth…the list goes on. But maybe you live in a condo or apartment with only a balcony and no “yard” per say. Or perhaps you’re so in love with these spring blooming bulbs that you not only want them in your garden beds, but also in pots on either side...
The Black Walnut: A Toxic Beauty

The Black Walnut: A Toxic Beauty

Beautifully tall with large compound leaves, the black walnut tree can truly be a wonderful addition to a large scale landscape. The problem with the, not one, but TWO black walnut trees that adorn my property is that I would by no means consider my little piece of the earth a “large scale landscape”. My...
I Really Loved It, so I Bought It

I Really Loved It, so I Bought It

It never quite feels like summer to me until my mom and I make our annual trip to the first weekend of the flea market in a beautiful place called Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Whether we come home with anything of importance really doesn’t matter. The feel of the sun on our shoulders, the “planning” of our...
Amaryllis: A One-Hit-Wonder or a Gift that Keeps on Giving?

Amaryllis: A One-Hit-Wonder or a Gift that Keeps on Giving?

‘Tis the season for giving…and receiving! If the lists of gifts you have given or received include the ever-popular amaryllis, you may be left thinking: This flower is gorgeous! But what will I do with it once it is finished blooming? In all my searching online, I’ve found it difficult to locate any straight-forward and...
So just what IS Red Ribbon Week?

So just what IS Red Ribbon Week?

I’ve heard the term “Red Ribbon Week” many times in the past but it wasn’t until recently that I really learned what it was. For those of you who, like me, may have heard of this event but only have a vague idea of what it is, I thought I’d fill you in. Red Ribbon...
The Perfect Summer Bouquet

The Perfect Summer Bouquet

Like most women, I rarely receive flowers as often as I’d like (no offense to my male readers). Every once in a while, I’ll splurge and pick some up for my own kitchen table but there just seems to be something wrong about spending $25+ on a bouquet of flowers for MYSELF. And this is...
Amaryllis Gifts

Amaryllis Gifts

Who’s on YOUR Nice List? Yesterday I went to the dentist. I hate the dentist. Notice, I didn’t say I hate MY dentist, I just hate THE dentist in general. Who in their right mind would actually find enjoyment sitting reclined in an uncomfortable chair, their mouth wide open while someone digs around in there?...
The Glory of Morning Glories

The Glory of Morning Glories

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! So I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I am NOT a morning person. Unlike my husband who can jump out of bed at a moment’s notice, I take serveral minutes (okay, more like several hours) to become human at the start of each day. Therefore,...
Planting Tuberous Begonias

Planting Tuberous Begonias

Brilliant Begonias! The next type of spring-planted bulbs we’re going to focus on is the Tuberous Begonia. Known for their wonderful ability to grow in the shade, small habit and lush green foliage, these tubers make great addition to shady gardens and borders. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in...