Asclepias tuberosa and Lobelia cardinalis for Bees, Hummingbirds and Butterflies

  • Post published:06/28/2021
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Pollinator Week may be over, but we must think about  Aesclepias and Lobelia cardinalis every week - along with other flowers that will attract pollinators. We are all familiar with the common milkweeds of the field that bloom, and the flowers that produce green seed pods turning brown as they mature. When mature the pod will split open and we can see 50-100 seeds, each seed attached to a white, fluffy 'coma' or parachute that can send the…

National Pollinators Week – June 20-27 – Asters to Yarrow

  • Post published:06/20/2021
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When we moved to Greenfield I was  already concerned about planting a garden that would welcome pollinators, or which there are many. Today is the first time I have ever heard of Pollinators Week and Pollinators Month. I have planted many flowers that welcome pollinators - bees, bugs, and butterflies. Asters come in many sizes  and colors. I will start with these low growing asters, Woods Blue, bloom in the fall - and they are spreaders! A friend…

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – June 15, 2021 – Roses!

  • Post published:06/15/2021
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The Coral Drift rose brought us into Garden Bloggers Bloom Day as one of the first bloomers in my garden. The weather has been alternately hot and very cool, very dry and very rainy, but Coral Drift endures - and will continue into the fall. This is a small rose, about  two and a half feet tall, but also plump and lush. I brought the Alchemist rose from Heath, as a reminder of those days, but she didn't…

The Healing Garden – Herbs for Health and Wellness

  • Post published:06/07/2021
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Healing Gardens. Ever since humans walked this earth, they fell and cut themselves, or felt so sick they couldn't get out of their beds. It did not take long for humans to try and find ways to repair those cuts  and find something to drink or eat that would make them feel better. Over thousands of centuries we searched for ways to cure our ailments and problems. Nowadays we have doctors and nurses and hospitals with all kinds…

June is Bustin’ Out All Over – With Roses in Every Shade

  • Post published:06/02/2021
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June is bustin'  out all over with roses and surprises. In my Heath garden the roses did not start blooming until mid June. But today several roses are blooming, and their are lots of buds ready to open. The Carefree Beauty Rose was a Griffith Buck rose developed at the Iowa State University. It is just one of the many roses he developed to be hardy and long blooming. Folksinger, another Buck rose in  a tender bronze shade.…