Visting Secret Garden Growers

Visting Secret Garden Growers

I love introducing new gardeners to a great nursery they’ve never heard of, even better when they make the trek and later tell me how impressed they were — usually with tales of many plants bought. Such is the case with Secret Garden Growers, its name is apropos.  Read More…

Cirsium occidentale aka Cobweb Thistle

Cirsium occidentale aka Cobweb Thistle

Flower or seed head: debating which I like more. As you can see, it’s a tough choice. Right now I’ve got Cirsium occidentale planted next to Echium wildpretii, a happy accident, aka a place where I could still see dirt.

I’ve got a feeling both plants will have seeded to their hearts’ content, so come next year, look out. It’s amazing how jam-packed the Sea of Juniper has gotten already. It seemed so well behaved when I started.

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Michauxia campanuloides: a groovy outlier

Michauxia campanuloides: a groovy outlier

Get your Sputnik on here. Pronounced: Miss-SHOW-ee-a. Hah, I’ve been saying it wrong all this time. It pays to do a little research–which in fairness, I do. Constantly. But with a catalog of some 34,000 plant and growing, it hard to keep an eye on everything. Of course, we are now getting terrific help from Grace of Gardening with Grace, and Evan Bean of The Practical Geek. These kids know their stuff, and plant lust is the better for it.

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The unifiers

The unifiers

Well designed gardens are known for their sweeps and swaths of the same plant. Onesies are frowned upon — plant in groups of threes, or better yet five or even seven. But how can I possibly have room for all the cool plants if I do it that way? Thus I’ve resigned myself to having a “collectors garden” — not that there’s anything wrong with that — but it’s a label that (I’m being honest here) left me feeling a little “less than.” Like my garden was nice, but with an asterisk. Read More…

if you had to pick a favorite plant…

if you had to pick a favorite plant…

Do you ever play that game? I hope so, that I’m not just some nutty outlier. I’m going to guess you do, at least once in a while. Though I stand ready and willing to be corrected.

Sometimes to make the game more manageable, I try narrowing to just one genus. That doesn’t really work either, but it’s fun to try, like imagining what to do with a winning lottery ticket. Look out neighbors: your yards are getting resprayed.

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