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Weeds, Flowers, and Weather

The erratic nature of the weather is driving all of us gardeners to distraction. What do we do first? Plant what isn’t in the ground yet or pull weeds that are growing at a manic pace due to all the…

Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed

[caption id="attachment_6877" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Asclepias incarnata with pods, Daucus (Qeueen anne's Lace) in a meadow[/caption] Most of the discussion over the past few years about planting milkweed to help migrating Monarch butterflies has centered on Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) but…

Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

[caption id="attachment_6863" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Closeup of Stachys monieri 'Hummelo' in my garden last summer[/caption] You’ve probably never heard of this perennial but I am here to tell you that you need to become acquainted with it. The Perennial Plant Association…

The Fitting Room: Designing with Large Plants in Containers

How often do we see people stuffing their bodies into clothes that are too small? It’s not a pretty sight and the clothes are sure to split at the seams within a short period of time. Although the effect is…

What Did I Find This Week?

April 26, 2019 Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_6832" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Pruned rose with new foliage[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6833" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Pruned clematis with new foliage on short obelisk[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6826" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Overwintered cannas now on back patio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6827" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Overwintered banana now back in…

Arabis caucasica

[caption id="attachment_6817" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Anemone blanda in Arabis[/caption] In April, the north end of my driveway bed is anchored by the fragrant rose flowers of the evergreen Arabis caucasica 'Compinkie' while the south end is anchored by the white flowers…

Still Learning

March 21, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design, Plants

Last weekend, at the St. Clair County Master Gardeners Conference, I was one of four speakers. All were experts in their fields and I took lots of notes while listening to them. [caption id="attachment_6794" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Jacqueline van der Kloet-cottage-gardens.com[/caption]…