What’s in bloom

Heirloom carnation poppy Papaver somniferum Something new: I started this plant indoors  from a seed packet thinking it was a carnation. To my surprise it is an heirloom carnation poppy that grows 1-2 feet tall…

Grow Zinnia

Zinnia a native of Mexico is grown as an tender annual.  It tolerates the summer heat and produces one of the best colorful display of flowers during the summer. With so many varieties, zinnias come…

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles were introduced to the U.S. via iris roots that were imported from Japan in 1916. Since that time they have been a pest problem growing each year to the point that today they…

How to choose the best annuals

Secrets to picking annuals for bigger and better blooms. The garden centers are loaded with rainbow colors of annual flowers. Growers know that color will sell flowers so they feed their annuals with higher doses…

Pansy/viola care

PANSY viola x wittrockiana One of my favorite flowers is the pansy. The flat-faced, lightly fragranced flowers that come in dozen of colors always make me smile. They are great in flower boxes, hanging baskets,…