Celebrity Wildflowers

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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A few famous plants are named for celebrities, but not the celebrities you know.

If you read gardening books like I do, you pick up fascinating stories about plants.  Did you know there was a famous doctor and plant expert in Charleston, SC during the Colonial Period named Dr. Garden?  And did you know that when the Spanish Conquistadors sailed up our California coast after conquering Mexico, they saw the coastal hills clothed in gold, but it wasn’t the gold they were looking for, it was California Poppies!  Here are few celebrity stories about plants. Enjoy.

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Plant Lettuce, Kale and Other Cold Crops Right Now!

Monday, October 9th, 2017
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Hurry. It’s not too late!

Plant Lettuce, Kale and other cold crops right now, and surprise everybody at Thanksgiving with fresh greens from your garden.

Yes, it’s late, but not too late.  Most leaf lettuce and almost all kales love fall weather.  In fact, they prefer it to spring! If you haven’t put in fall greens, do it now.  We’ll ship your seed quickly.

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Now’s the Time: Plant Peonies and Hostas in Fall

Friday, October 6th, 2017
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Most all perennials are fine for fall planting.  But there are some that almost demand it–—like Peonies and Hostas.

Peonies, the big beautiful flowers that bloom in late spring, have very large roots which take time to develop.  An established peony root looks a lot like a bunch of carrots, except they aren’t orange!  Those big thick roots have plenty of time to grow all winter long when you plant in fall.  If you plant them in spring, they have to struggle to produce roots and flowers all at once.

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Paint your own Rembrandt

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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Do you know about “Rembrandt Tulips?”  They’re some of the oldest of them all.  Named after the 16th Century hybrids which were some of the earliest efforts of the Dutch tulip growers, they are the ones that touched off “Tulipomania.”  It was an astonishing financial craze in Holland over the new bulb production industry which was just getting going.

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Plan Your Bulb Garden for Months of Bloom

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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This is a big deal with bulbs.  Most gardeners just pick the prettiest bulbs and plant them, ignoring their bloom times. That’s one reason the display is often lackluster.  Don’t do that.  Plan your choices based on when they bloom, not just your favorites. Because if you plan, you can have two or even three solid months of bulbs blooming in spring, and don’t worry, there are plenty of beauties from beginning to end.

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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s.

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens).

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Don’t Forget Hyacinths

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Don’t forget Hyacinths, the bulbs with the big perfume, and an alluring history.

The “other” major bulb for spring glory is the Hyacinth. It was made famous by Madame Pompadour, Louis XV’s favorite mistress at Versailles from 1741 until her death. As history tells us, she was a woman who knew how to get men’s attention. From childhood, her mother schooled her to become the King’s mistress, and she did even better than that. After a few years with him, she was serving as the unnamed Prime Minister of France.
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Plant Wildflower Seeds in Fall

Monday, September 11th, 2017
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Don’t argue with Mother Nature.
Plant Wildflower Seeds in fall.

OK, most people plant them in spring, and that’s fine. But think about it. In the wild, when wildflowers “go to seed” after the flowers fade, that’s when the seed is dropped. It simply falls to the ground and waits for the cycle through winter to spring. So the naturally-planted seed is planted in fall, not in spring.

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Fall Flowers and the No. 1 Gardening Book All About Them

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Is your garden (and maybe the gardener) tired when fall rolls around?  Well, it’s historically the most typical thing among gardeners to sort of give up after August.  After all, you’ve already done a great job with your Tulips, Daffodils, Irises, Peonies, and maybe Roses, but that’s all about spring.  Then you labored over your summer flowers like Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Phlox, the Echinaceas, and others, but by late August, they’re about gone too.

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