Pampered Plants or Plants that Thrive?

After many years of gardening in Idaho I have come to a conclusion about how I will grow my garden. I am tired of pampering plants, I am tired of buying some new beautiful variety to find out in a year or two, they don’t like my soil, or the humidity or the winter snow […]

Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and Annuals

Fall Blooming Here is a SHORT list of  fall blooming plants that grow well in Idaho heat  low humidity  alkaline soils  do not require a lot of water.    These are the best flowers I have found.  This is not a complete list by any means, and if you have some suggestions- I will add them! Asters: […]

Plants of Walmart

You’ve heard of the “people of Walmart”, well, here is “the plants of Walmart”. I wanted to see if I could plant a pretty pot with the most common annuals that you can purchase at Walmart. Here is a photo: This pot has “wave” brand petunias, purple and pink, white alyssum, and blue annual lobelia. […]

Bee at work on the crocuses

I just took this photo this AM, experimenting with a new camera.  This worker bee has been busy gathering pollen from the crocuses.  Notice his hairy back legs are full of pollen and he has collected some on his front legs as well.   The pollen is sometimes referred to as “bee-bread”, and when mixed with […]