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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 pale blue flowers popping brightly out of the coastal fog....

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 "my must" plant list for over 20 years.  Pathetic, maybe. ...

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 nowhere) from their earthy hibernation. Perennial shrubs like red flowering currant,...

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 count and with each passing, it's as if I'm seeing...

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 of the village beautification campaign and hard to miss. I love...

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. Sow them from seed or grow from starts, better yet,...

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 to kill vine with striking blooms and a fabulous habit...

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 other perennials, grasses and shrubs. Try digitalis, salvia, delphinium, hollyhocks,...

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 simple beauty and cheery enthusiasm of these flowers set against...

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 neighbors front yard, in a bed smashed between the...
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