Freda Cameron said: Snow and ice. Cancelled flights. Unhappy travelers. Over the winter, we've seen the news reports of hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded in airports, unable to get to their destination. It's a terrible way (stressful, uncomfortable and expensive) to spend a few days. A traveler is at the mercy of Mother Nature and the airlines.
Freda Cameron said: For a large, substantial summer annual, the castor bean plant is easy to grow. The big leaves of castor bean (ricinus communis) plant provide an impressive backdrop for bee balm and coneflowers.
For a large, substantial summer annual, the castor bean plant is easy to grow. The big leaves of castor bean (ricinus communis) plant provide an impressive backdrop for bee balm and coneflowers.
Freda Cameron said: Shy and delicate, the first poppies to bloom in my garden are the California poppies. Why do I call them shy? The poppies open when the sun shines and close when clouds darken the sky.
Freda Cameron said: Everything is happening so quickly in the garden this week. After weeks of no frost, the plants are practically growing while I watch. We desperately need rain, though. These weeks have been dry with no significant rainfall while temperatures have soared into the 80s and 90s.
Freda Cameron said: Creeping heliotrope was unknown to me until a local plantswoman recommended the perennial. I brought six little pots home to my garden. Not knowing anything about the best placement, I planted the ground cover around a sundial and along a few rose bushes.
Freda Cameron said: Spring is house hunting time. The new house must be perfect. It can't be too small or too large. A lavishly decorated house is nice, but a simple little cottage will do just fine. Of course, the house must have a garden!
Freda Cameron said: Bees play an important role in our food supply. Nearly all fruits and vegetables rely upon pollinators. Honeybees are just one of the important pollinators.
Freda Cameron said: Butterflies need nectar and host plants. A nectar plant is a flowering plant that serves as a food source for butterflies. Nectar plants may be flowering shrubs, trees, perennial flowers or annual flowers.
Freda Cameron said: It doesn't take a gardener to appreciate the beauty of containers. The perfect spot of color doesn't go unnoticed.
Freda Cameron said: In addition to attracting a variety of birds, a bird garden is a wonderful way to enhance your landscape. Use plants with year-round interest to provide food and shelter for the birds. If you live in an area with cold winters, shrubs with berries will supplement the food you provide with your bird feeders. Leave flower seed heads, such as those on coneflowers or sunflowers, for the birds to eat through fall and winter.