Friday Flora: Iris FANTASTICO!

Seeing a friend's garden for the first time is always so much fun!  I had this opportunity a few days ago and was not disappointed.  I love to see the creative hand and eye of others at play in the garden.  I always find something inspiring and this time if was the stunning bearded irises, …

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Great Gardening Weekend Satisfies the Soul

Wonderful weather can make a great gardening weekend!  Of course, there are lots of fun things to do during nice weather but this weekend was very productive in the garden.  I think because it was the first real "feeling" of summer here in the Intermountain West.  Some of you know what summer is like here …

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Friday Fun: Planting in the Garden…

  Only one day left to enter igardendaily's first fun giveaway!   Become an igardendaily Facebook Fan and get your name entered into a drawing to win a $15 gift card to Starbucks or Botanica, an amazing local (Boise/Treasure Valley) florist.  Just imagine a tasty, cool treat from Starbucks on a hot summer day or if that …

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Starting June with Surprise Strawberries!

Since June is national fruit month I recently wrote an article for a local magazine about growing strawberries in your backyard.  Strawberries are definitely one of the starlets of early summer so it is hardly possible for a gardener to bite into a sweet, juicy, homegrown strawberry and not consider the possibility of growing these delicious …

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New Plants for the Garden! Thanks Annie’s!

New plants for the garden are always SO much fun!  Especially when an order from Annie's Annuals & Perennials arrives!  Annie's is known for rare and unusual annual & perennial plants.  They specialize in cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California natives. I have a few open spots in my main mixed border just …

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Wistful For Wisteria

It's that time of year...the wonderful blooms of Wisteria whisk you away to dream about possibilities...Possibilities of many things I suppose, but if you're a gardener and don't have Wisteria, it's likely you are dreaming of possibilities of adding an arbor, utilizing a fence or deciding if the patio or porch needs an attractive adornment …

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Apple Espalier Makes The Day!

Another cool, blustery spring day makes one wonder when the "normal" temps are going to start for this year!  Many perennials are getting off to a slow start but the cool weather hasn't hindered my apple espalier (pronounced es-PAL-yay) one bit.  The Fuji apple tree has doubled, maybe tripled its blossoms this year making a …

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