If you've never tried growing your own plants, give it a try! I'll help you every step of the way-complete instructions (including a seed starting timeline) are on the Sticks and Stones page.
Dahlia 'Thomas Edison'
Old fashioned Dahlias
Think they're old hat? Hardly! I decided to try growing a few after looking through an antique book all about growing dahlias; my mother purchased it in 1960 as part of a collection of books to fill her new bookcases my dad built around the fireplace.
Written in 1912, it is simply called 'Dahlias' and is from a series titled Present Day Garden. The president of the National Dahlia Society at that time, George Gordon, authored the book. He felt that these beautiful, perfect flowers were still not as popular as other 'new' varieties of the time, and wanted to give them their due.
Growing dahlias is easy-you can start with seeds for the small, single flowering varieties, but the large, fancy flowers are sold as tubers. They are fairly adaptable to soils, but require full sun and manure/compost added in fall or late winter.
Dahlias are not winter hardy here in New England-you must dig them in the fall before freezing temperatures and store in a cool (45-50 degrees) for the winter.
Upcoming Workshops at
Smith's Acres in Niantic
Workshops are scheduled through the New London Adult Education program. Register on their website newlondonadulted.org. See the listing on the Workshops and Classes page. 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
Helleborus 'Pink Frost'
Hellebore-a wonderful shade plant that blooms early...like really early! Starting in March here in the Northeast, this evergreen has beautiful waxy-looking flowers in shades of green to pink to almost black. And they last a long time-I even had some blossoms when my painted fern flushed out, and that was a very nice combination!
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