A soft, cold rain fell on the garden which is my favorite time to work out there. It’s quiet, beautiful and no watering is needed after planting. There’s something about flowers and foliage covered in droplets of fall rain that is wonderful. The mild start to winter has provided time to finish getting things in
The bright red flowers of a Christmas cactus are always a surprise on the windowsill this time of the year, although I don’t know why. Mine is always flowering at either Thanksgiving or Easter. Regardless, the flowers are spectacular and are triggered by day length. When the light is just right, the plant puts on
As the sun rose, the hinged plastic skylights which cover the kale, lettuce and mustard greens in the coldframe were pure white, frozen from temperatures dipping to the 20’s. I can’t remember when the first arrived this late in the season. Although unprotected tender plants can’t take the cold, I’m going to enjoy flowers and
Just because a plant is done blooming doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. Seeds and their pods can add another season of interest to plants. They’re an important part of the ecosystem too. The seeds help the plant procreate and can be a great food source for wildlife. By letting plants go to seed, we’ll hopefully
Rocky Franciscus of Carrick has the back of his old red Bronco full of red twig dogwood and curly willow starts. He met me on the South Side to share the plants. The dogwoods are potted up in soil and the curly willow are just pushing out green sprouts as they sit in a
This is a trip for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Gardeners will love Butchart Gardens and others we will discover. The trip visits Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, Banff and more. We’re staying in some of the most luxurious hotels, take
It’s November and there are still impatiens and peppers in the garden, when is the last time that happened? My garden was barely kissed by a frost, only taking a few coleus plants. Although many plants are slowing down, some going to sleep and others standing tall, it’s a great time to explore the garden.