New plants & new garden

I think the best garden I ever had was in pots on a screened-in porch when I lived in South Florida. I had no access to a yard for growing, but I had a great selection of plants there–everything from henbane to calamus and more–and they were in really nice decorative clay pots of all […]

Potting up the cold stratified seeds

The time has come for all those seeds I cold stratified this winter to actually get their feet dirty. I’ve only had a few seeds so far that appear to have been DOA: melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum)–should I say I am melancholy about this failure?– Coreopsis tripteris (I think these were too old), and black […]

Late Harvest & Spring Plans

This Thanksgiving I spent some time cleaning seeds I grew this year: gold-leaf feverfew, jasmine tobacco, wild tobacco, variegated nicandra, purple morning glory, Ocean Dawn Japanese morning glory, and wild white petunia. Unfortunately, the white petunias didn’t make many flowers this year and so I have very few seeds and will have to try again […]