John Zvirovski, For the Sun
Like many gardeners, when I see a plant that I must have in ano
The autumn season has arrived and along with that season is a large bounty of food from the garden before the first killing frost comes along. Items such as carrots, potatoes, pumpkins and squash are some of the biggest producers. As we all know, pumpkins are used for pie making, breads or Halloween decorations. The carrots and potatoes are stored for winter use along with the wonderful varieties of squash.
When many of us see a solitary bug in the house or garden, many
The four seasons of a gardener are quite unique. They are deeply defined by what time of year arrives with its own projects, new ideas and creations. Sometimes one has to go into the mind of a gardener to find out what really goes on during the 12 months of the year. You will never hear gardeners say they hate to be outdoors doing the things they love, or that there are too many plants or flowers. However, you might hear how they run out of time, money and space.
The early autumn season brings with it many different festivals for people to enjoy and participate in. Two of the main festivals are Octoberfest and the numerous wine festivals in the area. Some begin as early as mid-August and run through November. Of course, I always love to participate in these events as they are quite enjoyable and the perfect time to get away and be social. Whether you are a beer or a wine drinker, you will not be disappointed with the assortments in which to choose.
The garden season is quickly approaching, and along with that fact will come some of the first flowering plants available at the nurseries. One of the first plants you will see for sale in a great selection is pansies. These are those wonderful annuals that bloom with a beautiful face looking right back at you.
Summer is going quickly in our neck of the woods, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors before the cold returns. The gardens are in full swing filled with abundant colors and scents. The lawns are green and lush and need mowing on a weekly basis. To many people, their lawns are their pride and joy. For the most part, a lawn doesn’t need weeding; it just needs plenty of water, fertilizer and frequent mowing to keep it looking good.
Every garden has an element of flow to its design. Even if it only has one plant, the flow is to draw your attention to that one plant. Most people think this element is strictly how your eye travels from one focal point to another. That is a big part of the flow that exists within a garden layout. Another factor of flow exists at a smaller level, in the form of pots and containers. Not only can one's eyes dance around from one color to another or from a short form to a tall one, they can also follow a flow through trailing plants.
There are some flowering plants out there that take us back to another time with just the memories they create. Often we call these plants from times gone by heirloom plants, but I just like to call them those plants that have proven themselves over and over in the garden. I have personally developed a love/hate relationship with many of these plants, as they are either overplanted or they have just lost their personal flavor with me.
What is that sweet scent in the air that we smell while on our morning or evening walks? Many times we know right where the smells are coming from and we soon find our noses buried in the beauty of a blooming rose, a double petunia or the incredible star gazer lily.