Tag Archives: dianthus

Flowers for Valentines Day

As someone unlikely to receive flowers for valentines day this year (and haven’t ever, that I can remember), I am always a fan of taking charge of my own life… Ergo the dianthus I bought for myself today. And yes, … Continue reading

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Seed Inventory

How could I possibly be a good gardener when I can’t grow beets?  I mean how hard can it be?  Well, some say it is easier to grow beets when you actually take the seeds out of the package and … Continue reading

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Planning the Rock Garden

I have decided to plant a rock garden to organize two of my plant collections, and make a more attractive space out of a former catch-all afterthought garden. First, calling it a rock garden is probably a misnomer, because I … Continue reading

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Planting Seeds

It is time to get out in the garage, or the kitchen or your own little gardening corner and plant seeds. First things first: you need soil, containers, water (a mist bottle) and seeds.  I use Jiffy Pro-Mix “soil” (there’s no actual … Continue reading

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Designing My Hot Colors Garden

Last year, a friend got married in a great little ceremony here in Madison.  She and her husband picked a good florist in town, daffodil parker, to do her wedding bouquets and table arrangements.  Her florist designed a very cute … Continue reading

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In praise of killing plants

Many of my friends claim to be unable to keep a plant alive, and they think that they are therefore unable to garden.  This is almost always based on a dead houseplant they once had, a container garden they tried to … Continue reading

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Plants I love (with apologies to Horticulture magazine)

We’ve all received glossy catalogs in the mail telling us the wonders of pest-free, disease-free plants that thrive in all conditions and at all moisture levels.  I love these and always want to believe the descriptions.  In reality there are … Continue reading

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