Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gardening Quote

Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts, yet also the most forgiving

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Friday, November 20, 2009

Diamond\Point Combo

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' is one of the best fillers for summer containers. But its lacy foilage and flowers are an excellent foil for the broad red bracts of the pointsettia as shown here. Proven Winners has trademark the combo as DiamondPoint. While researching the combo, Jan Vinyard told me to dig up your container plants of 'Diamond Frost, shear them back and utilize as a house plant. Jan tells me they will flower all winter.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Review: Foliage

Foliage: Astonishing Color and Texture Beyond Flowers is a truly comprehensive treatise of the subject. talk about bang for your buck. the book is divided into 4 color classes; Go for Gold - Rousing Red to Black - Stunning Silver, Gray and Blue - Marvelous Multicolors.

To help you find the perfect option for any combination, the most comprehensive plant descriptions i have ever seen are organized by overall texturre: spikey, bold, medium , fine and lacy. This is one hard working book for both gardeners and garden designers.

Little Red Riding Hood Tulips

The first time i heard of little red was from the original host of the victory garden, jim crockett some thirty years ago. Like other greigii tulips, little red has burgundy mottled foliage and each plant has three to five blooms per bulb on 10-12 inch plants in midspring. Another benefit of greigiis is their tendecy to perennialize to ensure little red be riding into your garden each spring.

Friday, November 6, 2009

pipestem creek fall wreath

I see a lot of wreaths in my line of work, but this one grabbed my attention. The center is a sunflower seed head. the white are corn heads cut in half and blue corn husks on the outer wring. simply stunning.see http://www.pipestemcreek.com/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

from the summer's garden - holiday

local artist Steve Hess invites 23 other very creative artists to are participating in open houses at his house and garden fridays through sunday s in November. the events are named 'from the summer's garden'. my friend anita carr has visited and was blown away by the talent. i've just visited the website and i hope to attend soon. www,fromthesummersgarden.blogspot.com for the whole story. congrats steve!

Monday, November 2, 2009

plant amaryllis now!

amaryllis make excellent Christmas gifts every year. But if you want your own in bloom for your Christmas, start now. most amaryllis take 6 to 8 weeeks to bloom. if you have an annual Christmas party or family event, then do the math for when you need to pot one up.

i saw medium sized bulbs at Home Depot under $10 this weekend. but if you want the biggest bulbs on the market, then go to White Flower Farm (pictured). their bulbs are guaranteed to have at least two flower stalks and you're guaranteed to pay about $30 and up.