Monthly Archives: April 2010

Diggin' the natives; Carolina Jessamine


Man, what more could you want? This vine has it ALL! Winter hardy in zone 6. Yellow flowers. Yes, all that and more. This week’s native plant is Carolina Jessamine – Gelsemium sempervirens ‘Margarita.’

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Manada Conservancy's Native Plant Sale


The Manada Conservancy’s Native Plant sale is open to the public this Saturday, May, 1, at Meadowood Nursery near Hummelstown, PA. The nursery is open from 9am to 4pm.

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New Market for Garden Designers?


Principles of design can be shared from one medium of expression to another. But landscape design to legos? Horticulture educator and landscape designer Wendy Brister found that principles she shared with a co-worker were applied to designing with plants, yes, but the ‘plants’ were legos.

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Celebrating Soil for Earth Day


Healthy soil provides everything that plants
need all on it’s own. Soil is filled with microorganisms that break
down organic matter and change it into nutrients that are accessible
to plants.

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Finding Nature with Fairy Gardens


Fairy gardens are tiny gardens or canvases of magic that allow us to imagine other worlds. Anything goes. Kittens live in peace with dinosaurs. Feathers become trees. Fairy gardens engage kid’s imagination and connect them to nature.

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Meet the Garden; Epimedium


Every now and again, I’ll post images of PRG central gardens. Wink. I’m doing it for the first time on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Garden bloggers post images of what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month. I’ve been a drag and haven’t played along, but spring has lifted my spirits and I’m feeling social.

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Flower Power in San Francisco


Garden shows draw visitors for a variety of reasons. Some, want to get ideas for their own gardens. Others want to see horticulture as art or fashion. Some want to shop. Me, I always want to learn. The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2010 offered a lot for everyone.

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Diggin' the Natives – Cutleaf Bleeding Heart


This week’s native plant is Cutleaf Bleeding Heart, Dicentra eximia. Enjoy dainty pink heart-shaped blooms in May and continues into the fall. A great plant for shade gardens.

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Diggin' the Natives – Labrador Violets

Labrador Violets - Viola labradorica

NOT too cute for punk rock, this week’s native plant is Labrador Violets – Viola labradorica.

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