Just for the Smell of It: Fragrant Plants for the Garden & Home

Buddleia [Butterfly Bush] – Invariably, when butterflies swarm around a plant, it is fragrant. Butterflies love the sticky-sweet smell that some flowers have, and I am with them on that. Today, I want to tell you about some of my favorites of my garden’s fragrances.  Catmint – I have gardened almost all of my life,…

Planting Celery in My 2016 Early Garden

Today, I bought a tray of celery plants, ready to transplant into my garden. Celery is not the easiest plant to grow, but a couple of years ago, I learned that it is a vegetable that is totally different when grown in the garden and eaten fresh from there.   The following tells how to…

Watching My Garden, As It Awakens

On March 9, I spotted the first blooming crocus in my garden. I have decided to try to record the time that everything awakens from last year’s plantings. The very first flower that I noticed was this striped crocus. I allow some of he leaves to lie on my beds during the winter, and when…

It’s Time to Plant Roses – David Austin Sale Coupon

Last spring, I visited a neighbor’s garden, and her Louise Odier Roses were in full bloom. The Louise Odier Rose smells like an old garden rose should smell, and it has the natural elegance of an old garden, Bourbon rose. It can even be trained as a short climber. Louise Odier is delicate and pure…

The Seasons Go Round & Round – Living Is A Circle Game

No doubt, you have heard the news. The Groundhog did not see his shadow. Spring is on its way. It seems like it was just a week or two ago that I was writing about how the animals in my yard were scurrying about getting ready for winter. [Winter Comes Too Soon Here .]  And already, there…

Winter Comes Too Soon

Things are getting crazy at my bird feeders.  There is a feeding frenzy. Already fat birds and squirrels cannot seem to get enough food.  The same as I, my animals know that regardless of how furiously we prepare, it will not be enough. In New Jersey, winter comes too soon and it lasts too long.  And such is…

Grow Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

Swamp Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies and Caterpillars Asclepias incarnata: Swamp milkweed, Swamp silkweed, Rose milkweed, White Indian hemp Asclepias incarnata also attracts buckeyes, bumblebees, eastern tiger swallowtails, fritillaries, hairstreaks, honey bees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds, skippers, spicebush swallowtails, and more Perennial: USDA hardiness zones 3a-8b (lows -39.9 °C or -39.8 °F) Native to most of the…

How to Grow Camellias

Camellia Winter Star I loved the camellias in my Mississippi garden.  I currently live on the New Jersey Shore, far north of Mississippi.  The winters here can be brutal, and although camellias are supposed to be okay in our Zone 7, I am not sure that they will actually survive–at least not without a great deal…

Scarecrow Is Taking A Break from the Garden

Meet my 2015 scarecrow.  Check out her garden boots.  I got them at Goodwill for $2.00.  I got the hat at Goodwill for $1.00.  Scarecrow  is propped up on a shelf and taking a break. I just extended my  grape arbor and built a fence just beyond where the scarecrow is perched.  There is nothing…

2015 Has Been the Year of the Purple for My Garden

During early summer, I bought a gorgeous purple daylily.  To be more precise, it is red violet in color. It did not have a label, and I have no idea what species it is.  Because it was a purer purple than most purple daylilies, I was immediately attracted to it, and I loved the way…