Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea  by  Susan Harris

Back in April i wrote about visiting Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA with a bunch of other garden writers. Becky instructed us in potting up a bunch of summer-blooming bulbs, which pot tipped over in my car the minute I drove away. So as to the results of our potting workshop, call me skeptical. Making me even more skeptical were the care instructions for when we got home. I mean who has a sunny window large enough to hold this pot? Not to mention the cats… But despite me, just look at the thing two months later! Here’s the plant list straight from Becky Heath: Lilium ‘Mona Lisa’ Dahlia ‘Gallery Leonardo’ Zantedeschia ‘Paco’ Oxalis triangularis Muhlenbergia capillaria ‘Pink’ Right now there are six lilies blooming, so the fragrance is intense. Another plant give-away came my way when I attended a talk about hydrangeas at the National Arboretum by Ryan McEnaney of Bailey’s Nurseries in MN. The talk was free and then imagine the delight of the crowd when we were all given ..
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Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea

Back in April i wrote about visiting Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA with a bunch of other garden writers. Becky instructed us in potting up a bunch of summer-blooming bulbs, which pot tipped over in my car the…Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 28, 2018.
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13 Stunning Trees Around the World

Misc Trees 13 Stunning Trees Around the World By Sheereen Othman | June 29, 2018 Nature is full of wonder and beauty. The more time you spend outdoors, the greater your appreciation is for the natural world. Trees are some of the most fascinating phenomena, and these rare trees around the world prove it. How many of these trees do you recognize? 1. Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Lacebark pine This conifer grows naturally in central and northern China. It has exfoliating bark that peels back to reveal a patchwork of colors including white, olive, light purple and silver. 2. Banyan Tree Banyan tree in Waikiki, Honolulu City, Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA. The Banyan tree features a long root roots from the broadly spread side branches. This unique tree sends shoots down from its branches to form new trunks, causing it to become very expansive. In fact, a single specimen can resemble a small forest. 3. Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens Redwood..
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Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred  by  Carol Reese

Gardeners look at things maybe morning AND evening because that’s what gardeners do. I’ve grown impatient with those people that tell me they just don’t have a green thumb. I lay a steely eye on them and tell them to admit that they just don’t care. There is no magic dust sprinkled on a newborn babe that endows them with green thumbedness. It’s not a knack, it’s not talent, and it’s not in your genes. Plants thrive for people that take care of them. If you can’t grow a plant, any plant, then you should probably not be trusted with a puppy. There’s a reason gardeners often have sore backs. People “with green thumbs” learned the plant’s needs for soil, light and moisture, or lack of moisture. They might have started with researching this information, or they may have just paid attention. Plants tell people when they need things, and people who get that don’t try to make the plant fit into their schedule. I know a plant is likely doomed when a person asks “how often do I water it?” My s..
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Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred

Gardeners look at things maybe morning AND evening because that’s what gardeners do. I’ve grown impatient with those people that tell me they just don’t have a green thumb. I lay a steely eye on them and tell them to…Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 29, 2018.
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