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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Avert the Garden Mayhem of May! Dig, mix, plant…repeat

It's an overwhelmingly busy time of year in the garden if you live in the Intermountain West.  The temps have climbed to a moderate 60-70ish most days and the soil is warm and ready for digging. Now you may be thinking, "Well, that's what gardener's love to do so really, why the drama about it …

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Busy with Berries

My favorite fruit is berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, Marionberries, loganberries, huckleberries and probably others I don't know of yet.  Remember Bubba in Forest Gump and how he liked shrimp?  Well that is how I am with berries. I like them fresh, frozen, heated, blended and maybe even sautéed. I can always enjoy berry pie, …

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This Mother’s Day was for Seizing the Moment and the Helpers

Mother's Day! What a grand holiday  for mothers that are also gardeners!  For it is without a doubt the best day of the year to recruit "garden helpers."  It is a day where the willingness to do something nice for Mom combines with the fresh breath of Spring helping the most hesitant of gardeners get …

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Pot Up Edible Fare with Spring Flare

On this beautiful Spring day I decided to spend some time creating a container garden.  I absolutely love creating gardens in the confined space of a pot.  It is easier to see how the plants will highlight each other and provides instant gratification to set something beautiful on a porch, patio or balcony where there …

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Tulip Tales, Textures and Tapestries

I have to say it can't be officially Spring until the tulips arrive!  No matter where you live, it just seems like Spring is "official" once you spot the gorgeous cup-shaped blooms of brilliantly colored tulips swaying in the breeze.  Tulips are one of my favorite spring flowers and in-part it is because you never …

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