Well, the announcement is here. It’s in a festive mood with great pleasure that I finally share some exciting news with you–I’m writing another book for Timber Press! It’s tentatively called Dig This–A Style Guide to Kickass Gardening. Freshly approved, this next project will embody the very essence of what this Plantsman’s Advent Calendar–chic plants for […]Continue Reading... 11 Comments.
A plant like this is the mark of fine taste. My first encounter with bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) was in the 10 acres of oak savanna woodlands on my family farm. Each spring like a ritual, I would sojourn into the woods, scouring the ground floor for crowds of my favorite ephemerals–Claytonia, Erythronium, Cardamine, and Sanguinaria. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I’ve decided to wrap up the last three days of this Plantsman’s Advent Calendar with three distinctive and vastly different plants. Today’s plant is also the first and only tropical species on the list. Let me explain. Many gardening friends have frequently heard me espouse my barely tepid interest in tropical plants. “If it’s not […]Continue Reading... 8 Comments.
Happy Winter Solstice! The day of reckoning, the shortest of them all thankfully, is upon us. Let the march (trudge) towards spring begin… On this the first day of winter, I think it’s appropriate to celebrate with something silvery. Some of you in the Mountain West and northern plains today get to enjoy another less […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Don’t mistake for a minute that all plants in the garden have to be loud-mouthed and sassy. Hip gardeners know that classy, chic plants fit into comely garden spaces whether recliner- or votive-candle-sized. Sometimes it’s the little details (channel your inner Bob Ross and think “happy little trees”) that make or break the stylistic essence […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
So continuing with yesterday’s themes of ‘biennial’ and ‘absent from my garden,’ I thought I’d give a shout out to a really awesome plant that just surfaced on my radar a few seasons ago. Named for French royal botanist André Michaux, Michauxia campanuloides is a member of Campanulaceae, the bellflower family. Now, I’m not hung up on […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
Now, biennials don’t get a lot of love. It’s puzzling–to be a horticultural favorite you either have to have a shelf-life of nine months or four years (or more) to get any kind of respect. Two-year affairs mean nothing. Where have we gone wrong? Do short-term relationships mean nothing nowadays? At any rate, I’m just […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
Following yesterday’s post, I thought it appropriate to feature another plant that came to my garden via Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials. It’s no secret really that I’m addicted to hollyhocks. I’ve fiddled with selecting and crossing them for over 10 years, starting when I was a mere boy gardener with absolutely no conscious […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
Well I did it again–I goofed up the interwebs. To my subscribers, apologies if you received an email link to this post this morning and then found it defunct. Today, let’s talk about one of the most divine spring ephemerals in my garden–Lathyrus vernus ‘Flaccidus Roseus’. This gorgeous vetchling came to my garden via Seneca […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As I said just a few days ago, succulents are all the rage. While sedums are undeniably a focus of this attention, for much of the last decade, new sedum introductions have come in tall, upright forms. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Finally, though, some of that succulent love has crept on down to […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.