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4 Cosmos for Your Cutting Garden

It often happens that the best flowers are also easy to grow, and Cosmos is definitely in this category. If you’d like to start...

How to Store Dahlia Tubers

Dahlia growing is serious business. It’s no casual, cut flower gardening past time but something gardeners embark upon year after year as if sanity...

6 Bulbs to Plant Now for Spring

  I'll take flowers in any season, but flowers that follow winter always stop me in my tracks. Especially when materializing (as if out of...

Plant Pick: California Poppies

  It’s easy to see why California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, have made their way into the hearts of gardeners throughout the world. Their golden and...

Plant Pick: Blanket Flower

  Just when you thought it was time to hunker down for winter fall flowers come into play, toying with the senses and punctuating the...

Plant Pick: Clematis

  Who doesn't love summer long blooms? If you're looking for a perennial vine that is as charming as it is resilient Clematis (Clematis spp.) could be exactly...

Plant Pick: Hollyhocks

  Tough as nails, charming and a pollinator powerhouse. Hollyhocks are what's new again. If you haven't grown them before now's the time to plant....

Plant Pick: Purple Sage

Do you have favorite routes, detours and round-about paths you take simply to glimpse a particular plant or flower? I've traveled past this planting more times than I can...

Plant Pick: Happy Wanderer

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Happy Wanderer, Hardenbergia violacea, brings more than cheer and free spirit to the garden. It’s an enduring, hard...

Plant Pick: What You Didn’t Know About Candytuft

  If you're looking for a fabulous, drought tolerant ground cover with masses of spring flowers this is the plant for you. Candytuft, Iberis sempervirens, is...

Growing Flowers with Spin: Upcycled Bicycle Gardens

  Check out this community inspired project. Curbside, upcycled bicycle gardens along the lanes of Crystal Beach, Ontario. Fab, fun and funky, these gardens are part...

More Friday Flowers

  I think I might crave flowers as much as certain, before mentioned, fruits and veggies. They go hand-in-hand. It might be tomato eating season but...

Echinops in Bloom

  I was first introduced to Echinops by a friend. It was growing in her San Francisco garden and it was striking. A globe of...

Bring Blooms Inside

The contrast of a flowering fruit tree on a winters day is like a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream. A perfect combination. The...

What to Grow

It's hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They're lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing well with most...

Grow More Flowers

  I started my New Year’s resolution early, direct seeding these poppies, Papaver somniferum, in October.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but they've been on...

Fremontia

California Fremontia, Fremontodendron californicum, is one of my all time favorite plants.  To qualify this, I have an endless list of favorite plants, from...

Dark Star for a Grey Day

I tried to get a decent photo of this particular shrub, Ceanothus 'Dark Star', but it proved to be a challenge.  It sits in...

A Gardener’s Best Friend

What do a dog and a lesser known California sage have in common?  Well, technically nothing.  However, a few weeks back I was witness...

The Hollyhocks Made Me Do It

My love for this old-fashioned, five petaled variety of Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, is not all consuming to distraction, but is a love one might...
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