Peonies: a Fragrant Late Spring Flower to Last and Love

The peony flower, (genus: paeonia) is one of the most elegantly iconic flowers associated with late spring. We eagerly await those first peony buds to open up to reveal luscious, showy flowers. And the scent? It’s sweet and intoxicating. It’s no wonder that peonies are considered by many gardeners to be the perfect flower for … Read more

Smart Tips for Winterizing Your Yard and Garden

winter garden features

The days are shorter, and there’s a decidedly cold nip in the air. Your friends are enjoying hot toddies and planning ugly Christmas sweater parties. On the other hand, there you are—experiencing a bad case of gardening withdrawal. Don’t be down about it. Instead, use your time winterizing your yard and garden with an eye … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Purple Flowers

Purple flowers are among the most striking and versatile flowers for any garden. You can use them to add drama and flair to an otherwise dull nook. Or, you can use them to balance out other bold colors. However you choose to use your purple flowers, one thing’s for certain. These beauties add appealing color … Read more

Plant Covers for Frost Protection

Plant covers, row covers

What Temp Is Frost? Living here in the western Piedmont of North Carolina, we have the fortune of gardening well into fall.  The first local “Frost Alert” has been issued and it looks like our more tender crops will be taken out by Mr. Jack. We still have a bumper crop (for our little space) … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Hurricane Michael Came and Went

More Rain and Wind than Hurricane Florence We live in the north central Piedmont of North Carolina. Last Thursday, the remnants of Hurricane Michael remained strong enough to give us a lashing and drenching. Local forecasters had warned only of flash flooding. The storm track had shifted further north and west. Trees came down, low … Read more

Knockout Roses – Stand Out Fall Flowers

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. Knockout Roses These patented knock out roses are not strutting their … Read more

Night Blooming Cereus – Queen of the Night Flower

“Cereus-ly” Worth the Wait The Night Blooming Cereus is a wonderful, mysteriously elegant desert plant. Lady Cereus, also goes by the names of Queen of the Night, Christ in Manger, Dance of Night and Orchid Cactus. We haven’t yet grown this lovely lady-in-waiting ourselves yet, but several in our community are growing them and have … Read more

Garden News: Leaf Blowers, Fall Flowers, Birds and Winter Holly

Fall Color is not solely about the leaves turning.  We’ve tucked in our fall and winter crops for the season. The maintenance is now a minimal task and so it leaves a little extra time to admire the surroundings. Audio Article – Garden News: Cordless Leaf Blowers We just did a side-by-side review of two … Read more

Cordless Leaf Blower Comparison – Stihl versus Greenworks and More!

Blowing Through Our History of Leaf Blowers Preparing for this leaf blower comparison, I found myself reminiscing on the various leaf blowers we’ve owned over the years. Audio Article – Cordless Leaf Blower: Echo Jetpack During our landscape maintenance days, we used a 30 pound Echo backpack leaf blower. Resembling a jetpack, its two-stroke engine … Read more

Fall Gardening: Gynura Procumbens, Okra, and Feathered Friends

Newsletter Fall is definitely on! The dogwood trees are loaded with red berries and the birds (cardinals, goldfinches, brown thrushes, and gray catbirds) are all vying for a beak full. Other birds are visiting as well. We cover in this short garden newsletter, Gynura Procumbens, okra and birds. Audio Article – Fall Gardening: The monkey-like … Read more