I Love Sambucus – Elderberries

I Love Sambucus – Elderberries

Name:  Sambucus nigra or canadensis aka elderberry. S. nigra is the European elder, and the S. canadensis is the native plant that’s considered to have more flavorful fruit. Type of Plant: A large, sprawling shrub that flowers in the early summer and is filled with...
Cocktail Hour Garden Recipe #1

Cocktail Hour Garden Recipe #1

A Container Garden for Balconies or Small Patios Not everyone has room for extensive flower, herb and veggie gardens but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a Cocktail Hour Garden anyway. Here is a recipe for some plants to grow in pots for a small space...
When Life Gives You Downy Mildew…

When Life Gives You Downy Mildew…

Make Pesto! Yes, once again our Italian basil is rapidly moving from robust growth to a premature death due to basil downy mildew. (Read all about this at this excellent site from Cornell.) We’ve danced with downy mildew in the past, and it seems that...
Grandma’s Favorite Annuals

Grandma’s Favorite Annuals

I once read that when you see a plant described as “Grandma’s Favorite!” in a catalog or on a seed packet, you should know that what this really means is “The plant grandma liked before she discovered the more productive and easy to care for...
I Love Rudbeckia triloba

I Love Rudbeckia triloba

Name:  Rudbeckia triloba Type of Plant: A tall, biennial, or short-lived perennial black-eyed Susan with small, cheerful flowers. This plant may only live and flower one or two years, but it self-seeds so that once you have it you always have it. Why I love this: I...
A Beautiful Veggie Garden? You Can Grow That!

A Beautiful Veggie Garden? You Can Grow That!

As I wandered through the vegetable garden at Tower Hill Botanical Garden last night, I was thinking about how satisfying it is to be in a lovely kitchen garden. These veggie plots are not only functional but are emotionally and visually pleasing. So what makes a...
Mixed Greens Pesto Pizza

Mixed Greens Pesto Pizza

In the summer vegetable season there are so many possibilities when you go into garden and ask, “What’s for dinner?” One of my favorites is to make a mixed greens pesto. It can be tossed onto steamed veggies, pasta, salad or spread onto a pizza. You...
What is Deadheading?

What is Deadheading?

How do I deadhead my plants? And why? I discussed deadheading last week on The Garden Lady and later in the program a caller remarked that it was suddenly clear to her how, and why, this garden task should be done. This listener isn’t alone in wondering why the...
Nasturtium Martini

Nasturtium Martini

Looking for a beverage that celebrates the summer garden? (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.) Have I got a drink for you! Ingredients – Alcoholic  12 Nasturtium flowers plus a couple extra for garnish 2 oz Gin (I used The Botonist because, well, it’s the obvious...
I Love Tithonia Rotundifolia – Mexican Sunflower

I Love Tithonia Rotundifolia – Mexican Sunflower

Name:  Tithonia rotundifolia aka Mexican sunflower Type of Plant: An annual for full sun that grows four to six feet high. Why I love this: I love orange flowers, and this one has orange-red blooms in spades. It’s a plant that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and...
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