Hummingbird visits the Monarda

I have a love-hate relationship with hummingbirds. They are brilliant and quick, tiny and bold. They are also territorial, dive-bombing murderers. Yes they have chased birds into windows. So it was with this new that I told my neighbor the cheery demons were all hers. Sho she great plants and feeders. But today I happened… Continue reading Hummingbird visits the Monarda

Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm (Sf,DM,A,N) 2 – 4 ft H x 2 – 3 ft W. Spider-like lavender blooms in late summer on single flowering stocks. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms:  Late Summer to early fall  (Sf) Moisture: Dry to Medium  (DM) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype is available… Continue reading Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato. If you have pups you may want to follow the wet directions**. **Note these are not the product directions… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Panicum virgatum – Switchgrass  (F,DM,Any,N, Sun) It forms a dense columnar foliage clump.  It can spread slowly through rhizomes.  Will stand up to winter, with its dense stalks.  Recommended use back border of prairie grass or hedge former. Airy seed heads in fall add dimension.  It is generally found in mesic (moist) conditions and can… Continue reading Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Noxious weed Lepidium draba Whitetop – Hoary Cress

Photo:  Lepidium, Clusters of white flowers in late spring seen amongst blue catmint.  12 inches high. For a long time I’ve let volunteers grow in my garden to see what they do.  Until now, I’ve managed to eradicate anything that I didn’t like or was weedy.  Now I have Hoary Cress or Whitetop,  a weed… Continue reading Noxious weed Lepidium draba Whitetop – Hoary Cress

Dianthus cuttings

In my garden I have  4 Dianthus gratianapolitanus  ‘Cheddar Pink’ on a mound with good drainage.  An herbaceous perennial with deep pink flowers float over a lovely grayish green leaves, they form nice clumps of evergreen ground cover.   These incredibly spicy clove scented flowers bloom in early summer.  herbaceous – an annual or perennial… Continue reading Dianthus cuttings

Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring. https://tagawagardens.com/documents/2021_Nursery_Trees_Shrubs_List.pdf This year we had a large wet snowstorm on… Continue reading Prunus americana Wild Plum