Thinking About Planting a Dye Garden?

Traditional dye plants offer intriguing materials for the gardener who is also a spinner or weaver, or who just wants to experiment with the vast usefulness of the natural world. Nature has its own subtle palette of colors and this little garden represents a few of the dozens of plant dye possibilities, which even include … Continue reading Thinking About Planting a Dye Garden?

A Passion For Herbs

Herbs are a fascinating group of plants with a history of cultivation stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Once the herb garden was a practical project, necessary for supplying flavorings for the kitchen and medicines for the family. Today, gardeners are growing herbs for medicinal purposes and for their attractive looks, pleasing fragrances, and … Continue reading A Passion For Herbs

Already Thinking About Designing A Herb Garden?

There are many books written on the various types of herb gardens. Invest in at least one good book on growing herbs that includes garden tips, what herbs to use for what purpose, and harvesting guidelines. Several types of gardens with plant suggestions are outlined below. You may notice that some herbs appear in more … Continue reading Already Thinking About Designing A Herb Garden?

Water Lilies

Water lilies – or Nymphaea, are considered by many to be the jewels of the pond. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also serve an important purpose in the pond, mainly in aiding its ecosystem. Water lilies spread across the water‘s surface, filling it with color and vibrancy all the while keeping the … Continue reading Water Lilies

Why Heirlooms Matter…

For hundreds of generations, humans all over the planet have been growing crops and saving seeds from their best plants to sow the following season. No one had a degree in horticulture, and it's safe to say the vast majority of them couldn't even read or write since most of the work was done before … Continue reading Why Heirlooms Matter…

Get Ahead of Your Garden: Start Seedlings and Creating A Garden Journal.

With a plan, some simple supplies, and the right care, you can get a head start on your spring garden by growing seedlings indoors. Heirloom enthusiasts interested in rare varieties will love the benefits of starting seeds early. Every gardener has particular moments that are his or her absolute favorites of a growing season — … Continue reading Get Ahead of Your Garden: Start Seedlings and Creating A Garden Journal.

The Rose {June Birth Flower}

COMMON NAME: Rose GENUS: Rosa SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: Types of roses: Old-fashioned-includes the older hybrids. Hybrid tea-large blooms. Floribundas-smaller blossoms borne in clusters. Modern shrub-large flowered. Climbers and ramblers-vigorous climbing habit. Miniature-tiny, with semi-double or double flowers. FAMILY:  Rosaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: Perennial DESCRIPTION:  It is difficult to find any flower more beautiful than roses. The grace … Continue reading The Rose {June Birth Flower}

CRYSTALS IN THE GARDEN

Crystals, being born of the earth, are not only useful in healing body and mind, but also in healing the earth itself. If your surroundings aren't healthy, this will reflect back upon you. Take a look at your garden. Whether it's a container garden on an urban balcony, cottage garden in the country or a … Continue reading CRYSTALS IN THE GARDEN

GIVING THE GARDEN A HELPING HAND

If you have problems in the garden, program a perfect image of the garden into a crystal, and place or bury the crystal in an appropriate spot in the garden. Your own sensitivity will tell you where the crystal needs to be, and the direction in which it should face. You can even program a … Continue reading GIVING THE GARDEN A HELPING HAND

Gerber Daisy

COMMON NAME:  Gerber daisy GENUS:  Gerbera SPECIES:  G. jamesonii FAMILY:  Compositae BLOOMS:  late spring-summer TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Large, bright, daisylike flowers are borne on strong, 20-to 24-inch stems. Flowers measure 2 to 2 1/2 inches across and can be single or double. Colors include white, yellow, red, and orange. The leaves are attractive, tongue-shaped, and … Continue reading Gerber Daisy