COMMON NAME:  iris GENUS:  Iris SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: There are over 200 known species of iris. Some of the most popular garden irises include {in order of succession of bloom}:  I. reticulata, Dutch, dwarf bearded, Siberian, Spuria, Louisiana, Japanese. FAMILY:  Iridaceae BLOOMS:  spring-summer TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  The bearded irises are composed of standards {petals that … Continue reading Iris

Allies In A Stressed Filled World

Life sometimes seems to throw a lot at us. From an unexpected illness to political uncertainty, tension and anxiety can accumulate quickly. And whether temporary or ongoing, too many stressors can eventually send us into a tailspin. When we feel overwhelmed, our minds race and soon we begin to feel the physical manifestations of stress … Continue reading Allies In A Stressed Filled World

Flowers That Heal

Garden flowers offer us more than their beautiful colors and smell; many contain healing properties that have been used for thousands of years. As we begin planning our gardens, we reflect on the relationship between the plants to which we tend and our own bodies. — Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. We often conceive of flowers … Continue reading Flowers That Heal

Lily of the Valley

COMMON NAME:  lily of the valley GENUS:  Convallaria SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: C. mabalis fortunei 'Giant Bells'-up to fifteen large bells; grows 8 to 10 inches tall; suitable for forcing; will bloom approximately three weeks after being planted. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Flower stalks are arching and hold ten to fifteen fragrant, white, bell-shaped … Continue reading Lily of the Valley