Summer has officially left us. Warm nights in the garden are behind us for now but since the sun is setting earlier we could certainly still use a little mood lighting. Adding lighting to landscaping can showcase plants in a new way, light up a pathway, or just create a warm glow. Here are a few outdoor lighting ideas for early fall and throughout the year.
Digging is getting a makeover this week! I’ve been working on a new look with the help of the crack design team at Freckled Nest, and I’m excited that the big reveal is at hand. The site should be up while the changes are being made, but things may be a bit wonky until the final tweaks are done, so please be patient with my blog for the next few days if it’s giving you any trouble.
A September view of garden rooms at Sissinghurst—Charlotte Weychan of The Galloping Gardener has more Sissinghurst scenes, plus some Sackville-West family chatter: Did you know Vita’s grandson was married to a garden writer?
Our good friend Lynne Travis-Pence passed away this week after a courageous battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pete her husband and her Proven Winners® and Pleasant View Gardens family.
When I think of wetlands, the image that first comes to mind is cattails (Typha angustifolia). Our home and property, which I named Marshview, is surrounded on three sides by wetlands. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water and is a distinct ecosystem.
Over the past few years, Chicago restaurants have started growing their own food. Many chefs discover that consistent gardening takes work, specialized skills and, most importantly, time, of which they have precious little.
So much of plant appreciation is focused on flowers that we sometimes forget to appreciate plants that exist in our landscape as foliage. Native ferns are true non-flowering plants – they reproduce by spores, not by the seeds/fruits that come from flowers. The spores can be found on the back of the fertile fronds or sometimes on distinctive fertile fronds (think Cinnamon fern). In fact the arrangement of spores is so special and unique on different ferns that you can identify them from the patterns.
September Newsletter: Fantastic Fall Dear Friends, Growing herb plants presents many challenges. Almost all are species plants and have their own requirements for germination, growth, and peaceful establishment in someone’s garden.