Nigella damascena has been one of the constants in my yards. With her delicate foliage and water-colored blossoms, it is a cottage garden favorite that brings a romatic feel to the flower garden. The rocky slopes, fields, and wasteland of the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Eurasia is Nigella damascina's original birthplace.
I love a good summer snowstorm. Not the kind with icy snowflakes that pile up and need to be shoveled, but rather a storm produced by the cascading mounds of Snow Princess® Lobularia, a plant often described as ‘sweet alyssum on steroids’.
I spent last week in Fernandina Beach, Florida for my family reunion. On Saturday morning we decided to go to the Farmer's Market. It was a bustling row of tents full of gorgeous locally grown produce and to my delight plants!! There were 3 vendors with plants. One had amazing large pots and hanging baskets of succulents. Another had gorgeous blooming orchids some of which I had never seen! And another had an assortment of large tropical plants.
The conventional egg industry denies that free-range/pastured eggs are more nutritious than eggs from chickens kept in crowded, indoor conditions. The American Egg Board’s Web site states “True free-range eggs are those produced by hens raised outdoors or that have daily access to the outdoors.”
Clethra is one of those shrubs I consider a staple in any wildlife garden. When in bloom, it is full of life. If you walk by it and disturb the plant at all, a small cloud of butterflies and pollinators will rise up and settle back down. The fragrance is heavenly and strong enough to scent a good portion of a yard.