Fauna, Flowers, Garden Helpers

Cycle of the Bumblebee

Unlike hives of honeybees the bumblebee enters winter in a hive of one. And it isn’t so much a hive as it is a hole.

Flowers, Seeds

How a War Made Poppies Bloom

Ever wonder how poppies came to be the choice of flora to commemorate Remembrance Day? Many would guess that it was because of a poem written by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor, with the famous line “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row.” Others might even know that it was… Continue reading How a War Made Poppies Bloom

Fertilizer, Flowers, Garden Helpers, Soil, Vegetable

Roses Love Alfalfa

Alfalfa is to Roses what Kale is to Humans. Ridiculously good for whatever ails you. Alfalfa is a common forage crop rich in nitrogen and other trace nutrients. You can purchase alfalfa in pelleted or meal form from any livestock feed store in 50 lb (22.6 kg) bags for a very reasonable price. You can… Continue reading Roses Love Alfalfa

Flowers, Seeds

What Was Tulip Mania?

While debates continue to rage about the precise details and magnitude of what became dubbed Tulip Mania, the term refers to the astronomic rise and collapse of tulip prices between 1633 and 1637 in the Netherlands. Starting around the mid 1500's botanical finds were the equivalent of today's latest gadgetry. Instead of lining up all night… Continue reading What Was Tulip Mania?

Fertilizer, Flowers

Do Petunias Need Fertilizer? The Answer May Surprise You!

Adding a few scoops of slow release fertilizer to our petunia pots and baskets is a necessary rite of spring planting...right? Wrong! I always thought having a mass of blooms meant adding copious amounts of fertilizer. Many nurseries-and purveyors of fertilizer-will suggest you add both a slow release granule fertilizer as well as a liquid… Continue reading Do Petunias Need Fertilizer? The Answer May Surprise You!

Fauna, Flowers, Garden Helpers

Why Are Ants On Your Peony Buds?

Peony buds are amazing. One second they're the size of a ping-pong ball and the next...bam! They burst into a bloom bigger than a baseball hat. And then there's the beauty. Peonies are breathtaking. They invite you to lean down and bury your face in those buds and blooms. But what...what the...are those ants crawling up your left… Continue reading Why Are Ants On Your Peony Buds?

Fauna, Flowers

Hummingbirds Like the Color Red Right? Wrong!

Well...not wrong exactly. Hummingbirds like red but not any more than they like other colors. Truth is they don't give a flying hoot...wait...that would be an owl. What kind of sound does a hummingbird make? Anyone? Fodder for a future article I'd say! But back to hummingbirds and their color preferences. Hummingbirds don't care what color the… Continue reading Hummingbirds Like the Color Red Right? Wrong!

Flowers, Health, Herb, Vegetable

Don’t Leave these Leaves Alone! 12 Sources for Edible Nutrition Packed Leaves That Might Surprise You.

Many vegetables and fruits produce leaves that are not only edible, but very, very, good for you. Others, such as tomatoes, potatoes and rhubarb produce leaves that are toxic and should never be ingested. A good rule of thumb is if in doubt, leave it out. Here are a dozen vegetables with leaves you should definitely… Continue reading Don’t Leave these Leaves Alone! 12 Sources for Edible Nutrition Packed Leaves That Might Surprise You.