To Seed Or Not To Seed? That Is The Question!

The advantages of seed starting for gardeners far outweigh the costs and time involved in setting up your seed starting operation. You can find new and unusual varieties that are not available on nursery benches in seed catalogs, and start many transplants to set out for a minimal cost. Learn techniques and money saving tips on seed starting flowers and vegetables for a successful gardening year.

Autumn All-Stars – Part 1

September is one of the hardest months to have beautiful fall bloomers as it is usually bone dry, and your spring and summer bloomers have peaked and shriveled up and are only a memory.  This time of year I look for the big bloomers that were putting on lots of green growth all summer, things that you …

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, …

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 …

Peony Envy

Peonies are blooming right now and I am in heaven! I love the flowers for cutting, fragrance, and Wow factor. Plunk some peonies into a vase, and it looks like an arrangement by a master. You don't need to arrange them - they just sit in a vase and say "look at me!" No one …

Not Another Echinacea!!!

PowWow Wild Berry Echinacea Yes, That is exactly what I said when I heard about "PowWow Wild Berry" Echinacea a couple of years ago! I have tried dozens of Echinaceas that the garden hybridizers have churned out in the last couple of years and was not impressed. They flopped, fizzled, or just faded away, never to be seen …