Showing posts from August, 2019

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 !