The Black-Eyed Susan to the Rose

Jacki Kellum Garden I have a very distinctive taste in gardening–it is a bit like me. My garden is loud–in a prayerful sort of way. The colors in my garden clamor for attention and as they call, they challenge each other. Early in the summer, I noted that I was having a particularly pink and…

Clematis That Are Blooming in My Yard Today

In a sheltered, out-of-the-way place today, I noticed that my new Dr. Ruppel Clematis has begun to bloom. I tend to love the blue and purple clematis, and the only reason that I bought this one was because it was on clearance. Last year, I set up a large obelisk and along with a Zepherin…

Tips for Flower Photography

May – October Is the Best Time for Photographing My Garden Buy the Best Camera Equipment that You Can Afford I have a Nikon D5100 Camera and an Iphone 6s, I should be in good shape for photographing flowers, but unfortunately, neither of my cameras can completely compensate for me if I don’t learn a few basic…

Spotlight on Primroses – A Cottage Garden Favorite for Centuries

“Of all the flowers in the garden the primrose, in all its many forms, must be one of the best loved, and it has been grown in cottage gardens since Tudor times.”  The Cottage Gardener’s Companion, p. 5. While I had many plants in my Mississippi garden that I miss on the New Jersey Shore,…

Spring in the Cottage Garden

A Seasonal Picture “Long before winter is ready to leave the cottage garden, spring has started to coax blossoms from the bare branches and the cold dark soil. Hazel twigs are hung with yellow ‘lamb’s tail’ catkins, and the mahogany wands of pussy willow are studded with beads of silvery white. Buds are plumping along…

Trying to Define a Cottage Garden

 In his introduction to The Cottage Gardener’s Companion: A Seasonal Guide to Plants & Plantings for Informal Gardens, Douglas Taylor said that cottage gardens are like horses. They are easier to recognize than they are to describe: “Perhaps the chief hallmark is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did not have lawns because…

Spotlight on Elderberry Plants – Making Elderberry Wine and Jam

When I was a child, my dad was very interested in searching for, harvesting, and cooking things that grew wildly. We would gather acorns and my dad would boil them, grind them into flour, and turn them into bread. We made a lemonade substitute out of wild sumac berries, and I think that my dad…

Most Cottage Garden Plants Like Alkaline Soil – Chart PH Levels for Flowers

Alyssum – Little Dorrit “Lobularia maritima syn. Alyssum maritimum, common name sweet alyssum or sweet alison, also commonly referred to as just alyssum (from the genus Alyssum in which it was formerly classified) is a species of low-growing flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae…. It will flower more profusely if spent blooms are trimmed. When…

Plants That I Added to My 2016 Garden

Anemone September Charm Credit American Meadows Baptisia False Indigo Credit Missouri Botanical Garden Butterfly Bushes Evil Ways Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet Bloom Time: June to September Bloom Description: Dark purple Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti – 24″ – 30″ Daylily – Earlybird Cardinal – 21″ 4″ bloom, 21″ tall, Extra…

Spotlighting the Rose Zephirine Drouhin

Zephirine Drouhin Rose – Bourbon Rose from France – 1868 Zephirine Drouhin [pronounced: Zeff-e-REEN Drew-HEEN] is a nearly perfect rose. It is beautiful. It climbs. It is fragrant and attracts butterflies. It produces moderately in light shade. The blooms of Zephirine Drouhin are described as Cerise Pink. The Missouri Botanical Garden Site says the following about…

The Historical Evolution of the Cottage Garden

By the time of the Renaissance, gardens became part of the European lifestyle. Most of the earliest gardens, however–especially those that were associated with large estates–were formal and unnatural. Probably in reaction to the Plague, as a place to grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables, commoners also began to garden. During the Middle Ages, peasant gardeners…