From My Garden to Yours
Crocus in Container Dutch iris bulbs
Irises in the sun
October 15, 2017

Planting Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes in the Fall

I have many bulbs, corms and rhizomes growing in my garden – both planted directly in my yard and in containers. Most return year after year, but there are some (like tulips) that require a longer and lower-temperature chill during the winter to bloom again. Nearly all (except gladiolus) are planted in the fall.

Purple Jacaranda Tree White Cosmos
Pink Rose of Sharon
September 20, 2017

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones vs. Climate Zones

Have you ever been confused by zones when comparing notes with other gardeners? I know that I have. It’s important to remember that USDA zones are only based on average annual minimum winter temperature. You can find yours at the USDA’s  Agricultural Research Service by entering your zip code.

Purple Viola Purple Dianthus
White and Orange Iceland Poppies
September 18, 2017

Transplanting During Hot Weather

Fall weather in my zone (9b) can be pretty hot (above 90F) and that’s a problem because I want to get a jump on preparing for the winter garden. Many plants that will be quite happy when temperatures dip below freezing in the winter, will burn up in early fall weather if they are not temporarily protected from the autumn sun.

Baby Blue Eyes and Tidy Tips Wildflowers Five Spot Wildflowers
Clarkia amoena and California Poppies
September 09, 2017

Grow Your Own Wildflower Yard

In Western states and in mild climates, wildflowers are best sown in the fall. In colder regions, it’s best to sow after the last frost date for your zone. They can easily be added to existing flowerbeds or can fabulously fill an entire meadow.

Butterfly on Pink Echinacea Butterfly on Purple Butterfly Bush
Butterfly on Pink Zinnia
August 30, 2017

Butterfly Garden

This year I’ve had more butterflies and moths than ever before. Among the butterflies that visit my yard are Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillary, Buckeye, Monarchs and Painted Ladies. I think it’s the convergence of several flowers together that they love.