I Wonder the Weeds! Who Decides What Is A Weed? Spotlight: Dandelion

A Weed Is but an Unloved Flower – Ella Wheeler Wilcox When appraising nature, I am perplexed by the question, “Who decided that some plants were weeds that looked like flowers and who decided which were flowers?” Take for instance the common violet that weaves a purple and green carpet across my lawn in spring….

Trying to Define A Cottage Garden

In his introduction to The Cottage Gardener’s Companion: A Seasonal Guide to Plants & Plantings for Informal Gardens, Douglas Taylor said that cottage gardens are like horses. They are easier to recognize than they are to describe: “Perhaps the chief hallmark is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did not have lawns because…

When Spring Comes to the Cottage Garden

“Long before winter is ready to leave the cottage garden, spring has started to coax blossoms from the bare branches and the cold dark soil. Hazel twigs are hung with yellow ‘lamb’s tail’ catkins, and the mahogany wands of pussy willow are studded with beads of silvery white. Buds are plumping along the Chaenomeles’ knobby…

Free Garden Plan with Red Roses – Miracle on the Hudson Rose

At my current house, I am planning to create 2 climbing rose garden areas. In my front yard, I am focusing on the pastel pinks, blues, white, etc., but in the back, I want a warmer, more typically primary-colorperennial and rose garden. I’ll plant red Altissimo climbing roses and yellow Golden Showers roses, and I’ll…

Altissimo Is A Vigorous, Stately and Regal, Red Climbing Rose

  Altissimo is a rich, velvety red single rose with a golden yellow center. Altissimo has wiced thorns, and it doesn’t grow as an arching and suppple climber. Rather, it has thick, stiff canes that lend themselves more to pillars. This is a disease-resistant rose, and it tolerates a bit of shade. “Presenting a sumptuous…

Free Garden Plans and Plants for Shady Places

I have recently moved to the Ozark Mountains, and a massive number of rocks and large stones in the soil  make gardening almost impossible. A Waterfall in the Ozarks ©Jacki Kellum 2018 Don’t get me wrong, the Ozarks  Mountain Region is the land of waterfalls, and if you can dig a trench into your lawn,…