Rebirth of the Victory Garden

Victory Gardens are in vogue again after 70 + years. Social upheaval like wars and pandemics bring on staying close to home and family, and your mind automatically turns to food and how to keep yourself well fed. Gardening skills, rusty as they might be, can help you out! My last post - Gardening Hasn't …

Grow Native – Indian Pink Should Be On Your Radar

Flying under the radar for many people, Indian Pink, or Spigelia marilandica is coming into its own. A long-lived perennial that brings stunning colors to the summer garden, hummingbirds flock to these red and yellow tubular flowers arranged in clusters. Similar to firecrackers exploding in the garden, this unique native plant stops people in their …

Maryland Home & Garden Show

Come see me February 29, at 1:30 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD  for a 'Think Spring' demonstration with lots of giveaways of floral arrangements!  It's still cold outside, but there will be lots of flowers and things happening there. I will be demonstrating tussie mussies, pot et fleurs, topiaries, and succulent projects, …

Gardening Hasn’t Been Cancelled – Start a Victory Garden

Extra warm spring weather and lots of time home...... a great combination to try your hand at planting a veggie Victory Garden. My gym is closed and I want to limit my trips to the grocery store which has lots of empty shelves, so I am ramping up for a large produce-filled garden this season. …

Fringetree – Native Tree That Nobody Grows

Are you looking for a small beautiful spring flowering tree to plant this spring with great fall color and beautiful blue black fruit? Look no further than the native Fringetree. Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus, is rarely planted in a home landscape. Seen mostly at arboretums and botanical gardens, their staff know a good thing when they …

Witch Hazel – An Underused Winter Blooming Shrub

Surprisingly, many gardeners and non-gardeners alike don't know about one of the best early flowering shrubs around - Witch Hazel, Hammamelis x intermedia. Fragrant, long blooming, maintenance free and deer resistant, I am always surprised that it isn't more widely planted.  The winter flowering Hazels -  Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch …

Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds

Seed starting in spring is a rite of passage for me. Fingering all the seed packets, shaking them, and admiring the beautiful covers is all part of the process. If I don't have at least a hundred seed packets stacked up, I get restless and start browsing more seed catalogs. It is a lot of …

Winter Aconites-Harbinger of Spring

Sunny yellow blooms fringed with a green ruff green poking through snow is my first sign that spring has sprung. Eranthis hyamalis, or Winter Aconite, in the buttercup family, is a spring ephemeral, which means that it is a short-lived plant above ground with a burst of blooms, then disappears, remaining under ground until next …