We have certainly been spoiled with such a long fall and mild winter so far...seeing the 'white stuff' out there seems a little
rude! But, snow is natures blanket, protecting plants from extreme cold and wind. It also provides moisture when melting
for the spring startup. So, for me, once the ground freezes and it's just a little too cold to go out and work, I enjoy the
peace and quiet of winter. My dining room table faces the large window on the west side of the house; it's a perfect spot
to view the sky, watch the clouds and find birds in the crabapple trees. The dried fruits are a good source of energy for
winter residents or migrating birds. Other plants for winter bird food are viburnum, holly and grapes. Now is a good
time to review your gardens and plan to add shrubs and trees to attract and feed the birds. In the bustle of spring
planting with all of the beautiful showy flowers around, we forget about what we need in the winter garden. A favorite
book of mine is 'The Garden In Winter' by Rosemary Verey (a very nice gift from my good friend!). It's a good read
by the fire and has beautiful photographs to illustrate how to choose plants that will give your yard winter interest.
Happy Valentines Day!
I know, this won't be blooming on February 14 here in CT, but it is a beautiful heirloom plant with plenty of romance! Whether you choose Dicentra spectabilis, formosa, or eximia you will be in awe each spring as incredibly perfect hearts cascade down sweeping stems. Complimentary with columbine and astilbe, ferns and hosta which helps hide dying foliage of d.spectabilis. d.eximia and formosa will keep leaves looking good all summer, and eximia flowers continually with the right conditions.
DEER DON'T EAT THIS!
dicentra spectabilis....old fashioned bleeding heart. The stuff of my childhood memories- my mother planted one right outside the door. I absolutely LOVED that plant-and I was only 4 when we lived there! How could any little girl resist pink hearts??
This plant has pretty foliage and grows to be a nice bushy plant. But, it turns pale after flowering and usually disappears by late July, so plant with something else that keeps on going like astilbe or tiarella. It can take early sun with shade during the hottest part of the day and likes a moist composty soil. It also comes in white!
Above is d.formosa 'Alba' with aquilegia 'Bluebird'
Are you ready?
Do you want to plant 'something' but have no gardening experience? Do you putter around in the yard, but want to learn more about plant culture? Are you afraid to do ANYTHING out there?? You've landed on the right page! Plantasia is all about helping you to create gardens you will enjoy-stress free, natural (no chemical products at all!)and suitable for Connecticut's unique environment.
With 18 years of experience in the gardening industry, I can help you to understand your particular site and choose the proper plants for those conditions; that's really the key to gardening success. Follow along on my website for seasonal tips and if you'd like more guidance and information, check the Workshops page to see where I will be offering programs in 2016. Or email me at email@example.com to schedule a consultation at your home.
The Gardening Calendar has something to do each day-it's more of an activity book than a list of chores! No pressure...just suggestions! Go to Sticks and Stones page
Local Stars of the Plant World and beyond....
Many of my friends and relatives are multi-talented...they plant, cook, sew, crochet, play music, ride horses, write books, build things...soooo, I asked them to contribute to my site with some very real usable information for all of you. Like talking to your best friend or mom on the phone and learning a few of their secrets of success. Take a break and check out Time for Tea
How To Succeed in Gardening
Without Really Trying
Sometimes less is more...just by default ( because of life's persistent intervention-and the weather) my gardens are very much on their own. I weed-occasionally; fertilize-occasionally; water-occasionally; and most of the time, have very little plant loss or pest issues. More often than not, too much attention can be just as detrimental as too little. This year, why not try a more relaxed approach...use the Garden Calendar to help plan timing for planting and take care of maintenance. Go out to breakfast with a friend instead of watering, relax with a beverage in a comfy lounge in the middle of the garden and just enjoy what you've accomplished, or take some pictures of your favorite flowers and foliage. Change your focus from 'what's wrong' to 'what's right'...you know, the 'half empty, half full' idea. Be peaceful, not stressful. Get some hints and tips on the Sticks and Stones page
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