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, …

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 …

Naples Botanical Garden-Florida Jewel

On a recent visit to the Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida, I was wowed by the gardens, available lectures, workshops, and tours for adults and children. Only in existence for 10 years, it is astounding what has been accomplished in that short time frame. Founded in 1993, construction didn't take place until nearly 10 …

Hellebores-Every Gardener Should Have Some

Gardeners and Hellebores Ok, drumroll here....I think I can say that Hellebores are my favorite perennial plant. A well-kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. What other plant resists deer, neglect, likes shade-even deep shade, is …

Succulent Hearts For Valentines Day

Having a bunch of succulents on hand from various projects, I wanted to create something special for Valentine's Day. Rooting succulents is easy and I wanted to make the rooting process attractive as well as productive. Succulent cuttings simply involves cutting a 3" terminal branch and removing the lower leaves. Leave them out for a …

Start Honeywort This Spring for Great Cut Flowers and Bee Food

Cerinthe major atropurpurea , featured at Sissinghurst Castle in England, is actually a native of the Greek Islands. This hard to find annual is definitely a much sought after easy to grow annual from seed. Not available as transplants, you can get the seed from Renee's Garden Seeds. An unusually colored flower with indigo-violet drooping …