February 2011

groundhog on January 16th, 2012

By G. Bosley a.k.a. ‘groundhog’
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
 
 
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ has been named Perennial Plant of the Year for 2012.  This is truly a wonderful, carefree plant for a shady garden.
I have grown several of the different Brunnera varieties available.  This is ‘Jack Frost’ in full bloom in late May.  The flowers resemble that of the […]

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groundhog on January 14th, 2012

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Since 1990 The Perennial Plant Association has been selecting a winning perennial for the award Perennial of the Year.    http://www.perennialplant.org
Here is a list of 23 great perennials that are worth adding to your landscape.
2012  Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
* Thrives in shade, but tolerates morning sun.  Requires moist soil.  Deer […]

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groundhog on December 11th, 2011

A Few Great Ideas for Gifts For A Gardener

 
 
 
 
 
 
                Birdhouses          Birdfeeders          Birdbaths 
Include some Birdseed
Include a Book on identifying birds
Include a pair of Binoculars 
 
 
Hand Pruners                               […]

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groundhog on March 18th, 2011

By G. Bosley a.k.a. “groundhog”
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
A hardy perennial groundcover that will form a large clump of attractive foliage with bright blue Forget-me-not flowers throughout the spring.  Also great in the garden border, containers and woodland gardens. Hardy to Zone 2.
Brunnera begins to bloom from early to mid-April and continues until late May or early June in my gardens […]

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groundhog on March 18th, 2011

By G. Bosley a.k.a. “groundhog”
Solenia Begonia
Last summer I planted Solenia Begonias in the window boxes on my shed and I was delighted.  This has become my new favorite annual, I will definitely be planting more this year.
The window boxes are very small and metal and exposed to morning and afternoon sun.  In the past I have […]

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groundhog on March 8th, 2011

by G. Bosley a.k.a. “groundhog”
Honeysuckle in Winter
As winter draws to a close it’s time to start thinking about what needs pruned.  Did some of your trees start to shade your garden too much last summer, or did some of your flowering shrubs fail to bloom as beautifully as years past?
There are four basic times of […]

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groundhog on February 28th, 2011

By G. Bosley a.k.a. “groundhog”
The road was difficult in the 80’s and 90’s when I was learning how to build and maintain the landscape while being sensitive to the environment.  Pressure was on to reduce the use of chemicals in our environment, property owners were thinking it was time to start making some changes in […]

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groundhog on February 26th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a “groundhog”
A variety of containers can be used for starting seeds.  I saved several containers destined for the recycle bin. Egg cartons and plastic containers such as margarine tubs also work well.
If you are using any recycled containers they should be disinfected by rinsing in a solution of water with a few […]

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groundhog on February 23rd, 2011

 
Perennials in the Garden Feb. 18/11
Last week we had really mild temperatures for a couple of days and a lot of the winter snow melted.  The gardens off my back patio face south and the meltdown resulted in giving me the first glimpse of the garden.  Oh how it lifted the spirits and hope that […]

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groundhog on February 16th, 2011

Wow +5c here today…almost feels like spring…except there wasn’t much sunshine.
I decided to get a jump start on spring and set up my indoor mini greenhouses.  I’ll start some seeds I collected from the garden last year.  It will make spring seem a little bit closer once the seedlings sprout.  Most seeds will sprout in […]

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