Marigold Magic

Orange flowers are the best flowers, so I’ve been growing marigolds for years. They did great in San Francisco, unlike my tall zinnias. They’re easy to start and these ones all have a lovely fragrance if you rub their leaves. Bees are big fans, too. The picture of the marigolds getting a trim was takenContinue reading “Marigold Magic”

Midwest Cerinthe Soiree

After waiting for what seemed like forever for it to stop freezing/snowing, I finally planted up three recycled tire planters Flat Tire Decor sent us way over ten years ago. They are no longer in business sadly, but the fact that I still have them means they didn’t fall apart and I actually use them.Continue reading “Midwest Cerinthe Soiree”

DIY Seed Starting Spree

I’ve been getting the itch to blog again, since I don’t do instagram or facebook anymore. For me blogging is like a public digital scrapbook I can look at instead of flipping through our 1000’s of flickr pics. I’ll be helping out with the The Garden Bloggers Fling here in Madison this weekend, which I’mContinue reading “DIY Seed Starting Spree”

Olbrich Gardens Springy Goodness

Hooray for spring! This year spring took forever to get here and then it was hotter than hell, but that’s Wisconsin for you. I’m a 30 minute walk or 8 minute bike ride away from Olbrich Gardens, so I go there fairly often and take pictures of stuff. It’s the best place to learn fromContinue reading “Olbrich Gardens Springy Goodness”

Bowling Ball Garden

Only a couple blocks away is one of my favorite gardens in town. These are pics from last year, but I’ve already checked and they have a bunch of fabulous coleus planted again. I love coleus so much I have an entire post dedicated to it. I’m usually indifferent about garden art and sculptures, butContinue reading “Bowling Ball Garden”

Zinnia Love

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. I’ve been busy growing stuff from seed, inside under LED shop lights like crazy including NINE different types of zinnias. If you want basil, I have basil and it’s not normal basil. I’m slowly shifting to cuttings under domes. Propagating is so much fun. I startedContinue reading “Zinnia Love”

Carrizo Plain Flower Festival

You would have thought I’d gotten enough California wildflowers on our stops at Antelope Valley, Lake Elsinore, and Anza-Borrego in March of 2019. Nope. I needed more, so in early April I went on a solo trip south to check out Carrizo Plain National Monument.

King Of Containers: Pot Incorporated

Way back when we lived by the beach in San Francisco Todd Holloway, owner of Pot Incorporated stopped by for a visit while on a road trip down the coast with his dog Carl. Dude is so good at not only designing containers, but choosing plant combos to die for. I’ve been thinking about containersContinue reading “King Of Containers: Pot Incorporated”

Desert Dandelions in Anza-Borrego

Our second stop on the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park wildflowerpalooza trip after checking out the desert sunflowers was on Di Georgio Road to see the desert dandelions (Malacothrix glabrata) blooming all over the place. Two years earlier the famous desert super bloom happened, but we were still pretty darn impressed for our first visit. Zoe’sContinue reading “Desert Dandelions in Anza-Borrego”