I picked this bouquet yesterday from my garden. It looks like spring here, it is hard to believe these pretty flowers are blooming at the end of February in Houston. It is a mix of Azaleas, Butterfly Iris and Ferns. I wanted to see how long the blooms would last on Azaleas and the Iris. The Iris opened today. I need the ferns for a photo shoot of some blown glass aviary vases we just got in at Olive Barn.
These Formosa Azaleas are spring blooming and the foliage is evergreen. The Formosa has beautiful magenta deep colored flowers that grow profusely during the spring. The flowers are 3 inches in diameter, Azalea indica ‘Formosa’ can get up to 6-8 feet in height and does best on acidic soils in filtered sunlight.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our shipment from Bloembox today. The all new perennials collection features Iceland Poppy, Maltese Cross and Dogtooth Daisy. Bloembox has done it again by creating a collection of perennials that truely are the gift that keeps on giving. Eco-friendly biodegradable seed ribbons are tucked inside this pretty little boxes. A perfect gift for the gardener or eco-minded recipient on your list.
Bloembox Perennials: Iceland Poppy, Dogtooth Daisy and Maltese Cross are available later today at Olive Barn.
OMG! Just heard about the website from the Fine Gardening Magazine publishers. It is Vegetable Gardener (www.vegetablegardener.com). I can’t wait to start exploring the site. On the home page today is “My Garden” by Patti Moreno, contributor. I really like to how the site is designed. Tabs for GROW IT, COOK IT and WATCH IT, as well as use it, build it, live it, green it and show it.
One of the things that got us involved at Olive Barn with Patti Moreno of Garden Girl TV was her videos. I love them. In fact her website goes a long way to satisfying my desire for “real gardening” shows, not the Landscaper wannabes on HGTV. How many shows can you watch about landscaping your house? What about growing some food, urban gardens and yes, gardening with a purpose?
The Kitchen Garden Resurgence is definitely here to stay… and right on time. Just as many of us are cutting back on expenses, looking for ways to save, here comes a novel idea; instead of watering lawns, start watering your vegetable garden.