A Hummingbird Magnet-VERMILION BLUFFS® Mexican Sage

Do you want Hummngbirds to live in your garden next year?  Well, hummingbirds love red and they love salvia flowers. So next spring plant the hardy Vermilion Bluffs® Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl').

This 4 foot tall, easy to grow, perennial is a show stopper with its brilliant scarlet flowers that are borne on 3 foot erect spires from July to October. Not many garden perennials can boast this length of blooming season.The foliage and stems are very aromatic. After frost, the leaves die to the ground and then return in spring. 

Place it in a sunny area or in containers in loamy soil with good drainage. When its starts blooming the red color and sweet nectar in the bright flowers will bring hummingbirds to your yard. Its underground runners form a tough mat that blocks weeds.

Vermillion Bluffs is a registered trademark of Plant Select.

This selection has proven to be cold hardy to USDA hardiness zones 5-9 but for people in Zone 5 the plant should be situated in protected sunny…

In Praise of Hand Weeding

"Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be.

Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. 

It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative's latest example of unreasonableness.” 

― Christopher LloydThe Well-Tempered Garden

Aug 2, 2019 - Sharon,CT Summer Book Signing

I am thrilled to say that I was invited to be one of the 30 book authors signing books this evening in Sharon, CT for the benefit of the Hotchkiss Library there. 

Please join us !

Heaven is a Garden-a wonderful endorsement

Sometimes I find something that makes me so happy - I just read this post which was written several years ago by Kurt Fromherz in his Natureworks blog -

I never know how or if what I write reaches people..and now I know...Thank you so much Kurt Fromherz. Here is what he shared - I am so honored:
This winter I made the trek up to snowbound Boston to see a woman speak that I have been following for many years. Jan Johnsen is a garden designer and writer. Her Serenity in the Garden blog caught my eye a long time ago and I fell in love with her posts. When I heard that she had published a new book, Heaven is a Garden, and would be speaking at New England Grows trade show the first week of February, I signed up. She was AMAZING! Her book is all about designing serene outdoor spaces for inspiration and reflection. I read it cover to cover the minute I returned home. I have to admit at times I was moved to tears by her words. She exp…

Song Of The Flower by Khalil Gibran

I am a kind word uttered and repeated 
By the voice of Nature; 

I am a star fallen from the 
Blue tent upon the green carpet. 

I am the daughter of the elements 
With whom Winter conceived; 

To whom Spring gave birth; I was 
Reared in the lap of Summer and I 
Slept in the bed of Autumn. 

At dawn I unite with the breeze  To announce the coming of light; 
At eventide I join the birds 
In bidding the light farewell. 

The plains are decorated with 
My beautiful colors, and the air 
Is scented with my fragrance. 

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of 
Night watch over me, and as I 
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is 
The only eye of the day. 

Hide and Reveal - The Mystery of the Unseen (Excerpt from Gardentopia)

I am sharing excerpts from my new garden design book, Gardentopia:
If you want a small outdoor space to appear larger or more interesting, you can use an ancient Japanese design technique known as miegakure, or 'hide and reveal'.  This technique involves partially screening a view or section of a garden with a strategically placed shrub or wall to create the illusion of distance.

By providing a half-hidden vista, you encourage people to go farther into a space. This is effective because people cannot help but want to see what is around a corner or a blocked view. This popular garden design technique is used for making smaller yards appear larger than they are.  People will invariably walk forward to see what lies ahead, unseen.

You can hide parts of your garden by planting a leafy plant by a curve, angling a set of steps, or locating a mound in front of the view. You can even plant a mass of plants to create shadows. The shade they produce “darken” an area, which makes it appear t…

Bubbling Urns - A Summertime Joy for Your Garden

Its 92 degrees outside. Sweltering. The air hangs like heavy drapes upon the landscape. There is no breeze. The garden quietly endures.

So what can you do to lighten the oppressive atmosphere?

ADD A BUBBLING URN -  a recirculating water feature

Why do this? Because the sound of water and its dynamic presence ( ask the great Dr. Emoto) add life and energy to a stultifying summer garden... 
Bubbling urns and fountains bring sparkle to your garden. You can build a recirculating water fountain cheaply by buying parts in a hardware store or more expensively by going to a pond supplies vendor....I am not good at hardware so I buy kits.

Bubbling Urns are set atop an underground reservoir that keeps re-circulating the water. Once the urn fills with water, the water spills over into the underground basin, which pumps the water back up through the urn.
flavio website

There are many how-to do-it videos on You Tube...The one I like the best comes from the pond supplier AquascapeL…