Tulip Color Combinations

I love spring. I love tulips and I love all the colors of spring flowers that can make a beautiful spring landscape. I have been collecting photos of some of the tulip color combinations I have seen around town so I can make a plan for my garden. I hope these photos give you a […]

Lavender Clippings

The “garden gals” visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho to learn about pruning lavender in the spring, Grosso lavender specifically. Donna gave us a quick demonstration using the electric pruners and if you have a lot of lavender, you will need the electric shears, too. But, if not, the long handled pruners will work as […]

Bulbs for Spring- Plant now.

Somehow, it doesn’t make sense: We have worked through a long hot summer of weeding and deadheading Now, processing tomatoes and peppers, pumpkins. I want a rest!- But, if I want flowers in the spring (tulips), they have to be planted this month. It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing it and […]

Cages!

I love my flowers, but by August, I am worn out. It’s the heat, the vegetable garden that needs attention and running off to see the grandkids that keeps me away from the flower garden. Today, I finally decided enough is enough- the flowers are an unruly mess and I placed cages around the worst […]

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: […]

November 1 and Here is What is in Bloom!

It’s been a mild fall.  The tree colors have been fabulous and we really have not yet had a hard frost.   The frost has taken out the tomatoes and the basil, and the melons, but there is still plenty of color to be enjoyed! My favorite rose, Mr. Lincoln, has several fragrant blooms. The […]

Fall Planting! And Frost Cloth

Why not plant a few things now that will live after the frost and you will be eating greens until Thanksgiving! Here are a few things you can plant now – there are many more, but once you read the list, I think you will get the idea. It’s all the same things you can […]

Tomatoes- will they ripen?

Boise, August 26, 2013. Our average frost date is October 6. That leaves us with 41 days left for the tomatoes to ripen! Will they make it? Last week I finally was able to pick several tomatoes off the vines. Enough to eat in salads, not enough to think about making tomato sauce- not by […]

Tomato Follow Up – It’s not good news

The spring and summer of 2013 have not been kind to tomato lovers. First, there was the late frost May 22, 2013- the temperature went down to 28˚ F. I had about 16 tomato plants in the ground that day and lost 12 of them. So, I replanted tomatoes around May 25. The ones that […]