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Showing posts from February, 2015

The Naughty Nasturtiums

The resurgence in interest in growing old-fashioned flowers has helped the nasturtium make a comeback in cottage gardens. The flowers have a delicate fragrance that many people will remember from grandma's garden. Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are attractive, dependable garden plants that produce round, bright green leaves and blooms in several colors, all with distinctive, long spurs. The flowers and leaves of these easy-to-grow plants are also edible. The leaves are rich in vitamin C and have a peppery flavor, while the flowers make a different and colorful addition to salads and other dishes. Nasturtiums come in three types: dwarf, semi-trailing, and single flower climbing. Dwarf types are bushy and compact and include the cultivars 'Alaska', 'Empress of India,' 'Strawberries and Cream,' and 'Whirlybird.' Semi-trailing types reach a length of two to three feet, making them ideal for hanging baskets. The Gleam series is a good choice here, havin…

Spring Blooms in the Cottage Garden

Containers planted in the fall bloom lushly in the warm spring air. Petunia mixed with white stock and lilac snapdragonA tri-colored primula stretches toward the warm sun.A simple yellow petunia adorned with intricate red stripes.  Petunia’s tend to be very hardy in the winter months if the temperature does not dip too low.A typical cool spring day in the mid to low 70’s is a good time to bring out the seedlings and starter potsDaffodils say HELLO Spring!  Goodbye winter!  I highly recommend Gaillardia (Arizona Sun)for beginner gardeners. They sow easy and fast and soon spread and bloom all season long and into the winter. I have never seen an Iris bloom all winter, but this little jewel never stopped blooming not even for a week, I have divided it 3 times and even the divided rhizomes bloomed within 2 weeks.  I can’t even give you a name for it, as I bought it at some nursery on clearance. I will definitely put more re-bloomers on my “to buy” list for next year.  I planted this littl…