Growing plants from seed can be a fun and exciting project to jump-start the gardening season for the whole family. Growing seeds is a lot less difficult and time consuming than most people believe. Here are some basics to get you started: Supplies- -Containers – the most efficient, space-saving containers are the cell-based trays you will find at the garden center, generally 1″ x 1″ cells that make up a tray. Believe it or not, this is all the space…
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Posted by Sarah on June 12th 2016 in
We have always enjoyed planting flowers that attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds, and now with the concern turned toward our treasured pollinators, the bees, we are planting things that bees really enjoy too. Many of the perennial flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are also great pollinators for bees. These garden friends that we are creating an environment for need both pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet fluid produced by flowers.…
Posted by Sarah on June 9th 2016 in
Mulching is a little garden task that has a lot of purpose. Let’s face it, many of us mulch specifically for curb appeal. It really is amazing to drive up to your home and see your freshly mulched landscape and garden. Let’s talk about some gardening functions of mulch. The two big benefits are simple; it holds in moisture and keeps the weeds down. After a good watering or rain…
Posted by Sarah on May 30th 2016 in
Peonies are about to burst! These colossal blooming perennials always catch my eye and my nose. Hurry up and stake yours if you haven’t yet, they are about to bloom in the landscape and that means they’re going to get top heavy. Aside from that little chore, I love everything about peonies from the many colors they offer, to their varying shapes and sizes. As a cut flower in a…
Posted by Sarah on May 16th 2016 in
Nothing brings me as much joy as the process of growing food in my own yard. For the last handful of years, I have been using the square foot gardening method to organize and grow my garden. I am amazed by the yield and I love the aesthetics—half archeological dig and half patchwork quilt tidiness. I have an old, sun-faded copy of Mel Bartholomew’s book, Square Foot Gardening, which I…
Posted by Sarah on May 9th 2016 in
A note from Monrovia Growers about Itoh Peonies. Named for Toichi Itoh, the first hybridizer to successfully cross a tree Peony with an herbaceous Peony in the 1940’s, these popular gems are in high demand, prized for their huge, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage. Historically, Itohs were challenging to grow and thus hard to find and rather expensive. But that’s all changed. We are proud to partner with leading…
Posted by Sarah on May 4th 2016 in
Classic geranium design with some bold accents. If you don’t love geraniums, you should. Geraniums are big, bright, drought tolerant and easy to get to bloom. This recipe calls for: Geraniums, Kimberly Queen fern, Algerian Ivy, Spanish lavender, purple pansies (or sub purple Supertunias), & dark leaf dracaena spike.