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Your Garden - How Penelope Hobhouse Can Help Make it Better

Life is filled with delightful surprises.

In talking to our neighbors my husband discovered that we shared similar taste in movies. Thus, Bill started sharing our best Swashbucklers and other favorites with them. The other day he brought home one belonging to our neighbors, which turned out to be a garden DVD rather than a movie. IT WAS WONDERFUL!

Gardens of the World with Audry Hepburn. It’s done in “Chapters” similar to a book.

In the Flower Garden “Chapter” of the program, Audrey Hepburn visited various Flower Gardens throughout the world. The one I found much to my liking was —–read more—-

Pink Oenothera - A Wildflower for Your Flower Bordesr

Once native only to northeastern Mexico and the grasslands of 5 south-central US states, Pink Oenothera has spread through about 2/3s of country.

More than likely visitors to those states found the foot high colonies of this pink evening primrose with their nodding buds and cup shaped blooms irresistibly charming and took some home with them. Even those passing at night when the moon was full could be drawn to its brightness.

Armed with a knowledge of its characteristics almost anyone can find a place of welcome for pink evening primrose (Oenothera) in their borders or gardens. It requires a little watching and eventually the flick of a wrist to pull out plants that pop up where they are not wanted but the beauty and value of this plant are worth that little bit of effort to control it.

Not only is the bloom beautiful, but it blooms aboout 2 months in —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 7

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, & Part 6 of 7 parts

May 25, 2010

Floribundas Part 7 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

My final recommendations for Tending My Garden readers are Leonardo da Vinci, a relatively new rose (introduced in 1994) with an old world feel.  And the —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 6

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5 of 7 parts

May 24, 2010

Floribundas Part 6 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

The medium pink double bloom sprays of today’s recommendation, —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 5

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3, & Part 4 of 7 parts

May 23, 2010

Floribundas Part 5 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

No recommendation for Floribundas would be complete without —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 4

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 of 7 Parts

May 22, 2010

Floribundas Part 4 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

You can’t get too much more spectacular than —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 3

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 of 7 parts.

May 21, 2010

Floribundas Part 3 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

I have two recommendations for today: —–read more—-

Sweet Woodruff

May 4

I guess it was at least 25 years ago that a friend gave me Sweet Woodruff.

Herbs and dried flowers were her passion and she propagated and raised them for market.  She also dried them for market and the great room in her home was filled with dried herb bouquets hanging from the rafters. In addition, there were hundreds of beautiful straw flowers with wire stems held in porous blocks.

Hilda taught me just about everything I know about herbs and that training has added so much to my gardens and my life.

Since our area has its roots in colonial times, many people who grow herbs here plant formal herb gardens.  That has never been my choice, as I prefer to mix the herbs among other perennials and plants.

I remember Hilda’s gift of Sweet Woodruff and even where she suggested I plant it.  It never did especially well for me, but I managed to keep it going although sparsely.

When we first moved here, the area in our back yard that we now refer to as the tree bed had 4 large trees, hundreds of old crushed crab pots, old engine blocks, a iron fence, lots of other trash —–read more—-

Residual Herbicides in Compost Part 2: On Grow Mix, Potting Mix, Compost, Manure, & Mulch

If you are just joining me and have not read the first part, please read through Part 1 to gain a more complete picture of what is being discussed.


As I mentioned at the end of Part 1, my friend was ready to throw in the towel and not buy anymore potting soil and/or grow mix, compost or mulch.

And I must admit that in this day and age it is difficult to find products suitable for organic gardening, but they are out there.

Below are 3 points I think you will find helpful:

  • OMRI Listed – A Visible Indication of Product Suitability –   Organic Materials Review Institute is a non-profit organization that evaluates products for the organic industry. If the product you are looking at is marked “OMRI Listed” it has been reviewed and is consistent with the requirements of the National Organic Standard.

“OMRI Listed” is indeed a excellent indication of product suitability, but remember something very important when you are buying anything —–read more—-

Sedum - Time for New Starts

April 18

If you have gardened for any length of time you probably have some form (if not many) of Sedum, also known as stonecrop.

My border would not be complete without lots of it.  Its sun loving (although I have some growing in the shade as well) and drought-tolerant; actually enjoys poor soil and comes in hundreds of varieties in shapes and sizes from tiny to tall. As long as the soil drainage is good, it will make a beautiful presence in your perennial border.

Once you have it – with a few minutes of attention each spring — you should never be without it.

Sedums are among the easiest plants to start from cuttings.  Although you can start your cuttings in flats or pots and transplant where you want them,  I save lots of time by starting them —–read more—-