Garden Vignettes – Sweet Gardening

On my recent trip to San Francisco for the garden bloggers "fling" when we visited Rebecca Sweet's beautiful garden, what struck me about her design strategy was "garden vignettes", "design spotlights", and "skinny spaces". Rebecca Sweet is an innovative garden designer who lives in northern California and wrote "Garden Up-Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces". …

Grubb Heaven

If your name is Flora Grubb, what better business to own than Flora Grubb Gardens? She couldn't have picked a better name to own a garden/nursery business! Flora Grubb Gardens is a sophisticated garden boutique, nursery and floral/landscape design business located in San Francisco. Something like I would love to own! All the elements unusual plants, design, …

A Great Combination – Honeysuckle and Hummingbirds

Red flowers are my favorite bloomers in the garden. Just like wearing red clothing, red flowers say, "look at me!" And it sure works for the hummingbirds. I am almost guaranteed to see a hummingbird visit this flower if I wait around for a few minutes. Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) will bloom all summer long …

Annie’s Annuals: The Ultimate Plant Road Trip

As any serious (and not so serious gardener) knows - Annie's Annuals is the mecca for buying some serious 'plant lust' worthy annuals. On a recent trip to San Francisco on the Garden Bloggers Fling, I had the pleasure and opportunity to visit and actually buy plants from them in person instead of on-line. My …

Bee Packages are Here!

Catching Up My two Italian bee packages arrived in MD this weekend and I am very excited. First promised in April, a cold and wet spring in Georgia held up the delivery for an unprecedented two long months. By this time of year, the packages should have been installed, the bees settled in and raising brood, plus storing honey for …

Jam Session

Strawberries are the ultimate berry - sweet, easy to pick, and useful in tons of desserts. Healthy too! When my friends say "Let's go and pick strawberries and make jam for everyone in one day!",  I jumped at the chance. Call it strawberry bonding! The day was perfect, with a nice breeze, the temps below 80 …

Labyrinth Plantings

Last year, I posted about installing a stone labyrinth for a client.  We started in the fall, worked through the winter, and just finished up the spring plantings. Go to Healing Labyrinth-Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, to see how I created and implemented the design and installation. The theme for the plantings was pollinator friendly shrubs and perennials …

Grafted Tomatoes-What’s Next??

Grafted tomatoes has been touted as the biggest development to happen in the last 2o years in gardening.  That is a really big claim! I can think of others- the popularity of container gardening comes to mind right away and how about the popularity of heirloom varieties? So, I was intrigued when I heard about this new thing come …