When (and How) to Shear Faded Blossoms

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Deadheading–or trimming off faded blossoms–prolongs flowering by initiating a second flush of smaller and less numerous blooms. This helps to keep a garden attractive by keeping plants neat and tidy and ensuring maximum bloom time. How and when you remove spent flowers depends on the plant and the type of growth it produces. The following … Read more

Tending and Moving Woodland Wildflowers

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When tending a wildflower garden, it is important to remember that–unlike a vegetable or traditional flower garden–a woodland wildflower garden needs to work completely with nature. Vegetables and flowers are planted in rows in sunny places and can be successful in many different types of soil. Woodland wildflowers require the perfect spot and lots of … Read more

All You Need to Know About Roses

Know About Roses

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns. I am grateful that thorns have roses…” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr The rose is the queen of all flowers. It is a symbol of beauty and has inspired poets, painters, songwriters, and gardeners for hundreds of years. The rose is thought to be 35 million years old and was … Read more

All About Those Baby Blue Eyes

Baby Blue Eyes plants are gorgeous flowers in the Nemophila genus with a Forget-Me-Not blue coloring. The scientific name, Nemophila, means “woodland-loving” (from nemus “grove” and philos “loving”). Growing these flowers can ensure helpful insects visit your garden regularly. The flowers are spectacular when they first bloom and attract a variety of beneficial insects such … Read more

Why Do Roses Change Color?

roses change color

When I moved into my house, the yard was filled with beautiful roses that had very unique colors and hues. The neighbors would walk by our house slowly just to see the lovely roses. One season, I walked outside to take a look at my blooming roses and they had all turned white. I had … Read more

November Conundrums: Is It Too Late to Plant Bulbs?

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It’s officially November. Does that mean it’s too late to plant bulbs in your garden? The answer to this question is, “It depends.” Growing Depends on the Temperature What it depends on are the average nighttime temperatures in your area. The best chance of success with spring-flowering bulbs is to plant them about six weeks … Read more