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Calibrachoa Flowering

A Gardening Life – January 10

Some years ago when Calibrachoa (aka “million bells”) annuals were new to the market I tried some in the garden and containers. I don’t remember the particular varieties that I planted that year, but I do recall that they were a disappointment. Once it got hot they stopped flowering.


A Must-Have Annual

Dear Nicotiana mutabilis, This is just a quick note to say thanks, once again, for being a great plant in my garden. You’re so reliable at showing up in early summer and then flowering from mid-summer into November. I’m very glad that you’re tolerant of light frosts because it means that you’re still around in […]

A Little Off The Top

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – August 6

In early July I noticed that the verbena, lantana and alyssum that I’d planted in May seemed stalled. They’d put out some initial growth and flowers after planting, but despite the fertilizer and weekly watering, they were sitting with the remainders of old flowers and not much else. […]

Containers Planted? Check.

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 7

Well, maybe not all the containers…but most. I’m trying these flowering maple (Abutilon) topiaries in the pots that flank the front entry this year. They are underplanted with Snow Princess Alyssum, one of my favorite annuals. Now these plants are waiting for warmth and sunshine.


Planning Annual Alley

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 22

It’s the time of year when gardeners get itchy. This is exacerbated in 2012 by the unusually mild winter we’ve experienced…everyone in the Northeast is already thinking spring. Let’s face it: sometime in mid-February what plant people call “winter interest” is no longer interesting. The landscape is brown […]

Planting and Planning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 30

Today was one of those wonderful fall days: warm but not humid, with all the landscape refreshed from yesterday’s rain. We savor such weather at this time of year, knowing that the mild temperatures, and the plants that continue to thrive, won’t be around much longer.

As I […]

I Won’t Be Without These Annuals

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 3

Every week I start off GardenLine with I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant. Yes, there have been several plants that I’ve admitting disliking, but the majority of those selections that start of the show are in the “I Love This” category. Tomorrow I’m breaking with the […]

A Little Dab’ll Do Ya

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 30

There are some plant that I refer to as Brylcreem plants. They are the ones that explode in the garden: a little dab’ll do ya indeed. Licorice plant, Helichrysum petiolare is just such an annual. This licorice plant that’s climbing up, no attempting to devour, a Harry […]

Dragged Out of A Rut

Report From an Opinionated Gardener – September 16

Yes, I’m talking about being forced out of our usual preferences, prejudices and habits. If not kicking and screaming, then with reluctance. When we’re forced.

Do you think I’m being too harsh? You’re more flexible, perhaps, in your life and garden then I’m giving you credit for. […]

Staying Power

Report From PIA – August 13

As I walk around Poison Ivy Acres, there are some plants that I marvel at for their endurance. Despite a hot, dry season, and given less than ideal irrigation, these plants continue to shine.

Of the five varieties of petunias I planted this year, the Royal Velvet Supertunias from […]