Plants

Corpse Flower Viewing is Botanical Craziness

I’ve done a lot of kooky things in my day, but waiting in a long line of other early-rising plant nerds to get a glimpse (and whiff) of a flower could top the list. The alert went out last night on the 10 o’clock news: The Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens has started […]

Fairy gardens need these Fairy Flowers

Every fairy garden needs a few fairies flitting around to make sure all is growing well. The best fairy garden fairies — the ones who make a gardener’s wishes come true — are those made from the garden’s own flowers, like hollyhocks. It takes just a few minutes to transform an ordinary hollyhock blossom and […]

How to plant peppers in your vegetable garden

I’ve never met a pepper I didn’t like. Hot, sweet, fried or dried, I’m crazy about them all. That’s why I plant at least a dozen different pepper varieties in my garden every season. There will always be several jalapeno plants, but each year I enjoy adding new-to-me varieties. I’ve been known to pick a […]

Companion Gardening Expands Options for Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

There are just some things in life that make ideal combinations. It’s peanut butter and jelly for lunch; cookies and milk for dessert. When it comes to the garden, there’s tomatoes and basil; radishes and spinach. These combinations of vegetables and herbs make perfect partners when grown together in the garden, especially if you’re gardening […]

An Herb a Day Keeps Mosquitoes Away

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) wants you to know this is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. You are aware of mosquitoes, aren’t you? That’s what I thought! Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, but they can also spread West Nile virus. That’s why it’s important for gardeners to do all they can to control these insect […]

Defining Seed and Plant Terms Avoids Confusion

While answering questions after a recent vegetable gardening talk, a beginning gardener asked me to explain some common seed terms found in garden catalogs and on seed packets. Because there’s a lot of confusion these days about seed and plant terms, I thought I’d share my answers to help you with your seed sorting, too. […]

Behold Some Important Facts About Bees

I hope the idea of National Pollinator Week has inspired you to consider ways to help the pollinators in your garden. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, there’s a book I’d like to recommend to you. “Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind” is a book from Dr. Stephen […]

Moth emerges from garage, lives to tell about it

When John was trimming the red twig dogwood shrubs earlier this season, he found a cocoon clinging to one of the newly pruned branches. The cocoon looked like a tightly wrapped bunch of leaves and it had some weight to it, too. He left the cocoon, still attached to its branch on the patio table […]

The National Pollinator Network Needs Your Garden

Plant and bee counted! We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week and need gardeners across the country to join in. You don’t have to have a large garden; any size garden is an important part of the gardening network to help take care of pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. Every seed or  plant that […]

Plant for Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by planting the flowers bees, butterflies and hummingbirds like the most.

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