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New Coneflower Colors in the Garden

new coneflower colors

I decided to try a couple of new coneflower colors in the garden this year. I can’t wait to see how they look next season, when they are more mature and filled out. Below is the “standard” Coneflower color which is a light purple, lilac color that we have in our gardens. This is the […]

Hollyhocks In Garden Design

Hollyhocks In Garden Design

When coming up with designs for garden flower beds in your country landscape, be sure to include growing hollyhocks of all varieties. You can place shorter varieties in flowerbeds and introduce the taller specimens to back a perennial border. They can also soften or hide a wall or brighten an uninviting fence. To make the […]

Potential Problems When Growing Holly...

Potential Problems When Growing Hollyhocks

So, here’s a lovely Hollyhock…slightly flawed by the work of our friendly, local “Cutter” bees (see the semi-circle cut-outs on the petal’s outer edges?). But it seems all I can notice are the damaged leaves in the background…the ugly yellow and brown…yuck. That’s a technical term. There’s a fungal disease called hollyhock rust which produces […]

Growing Hollyhocks in a Country Garde...

Growing Hollyhocks in a Country Garden is Easy and Rewarding

With colorful spikes of flowers reaching 6 feet and taller, growing hollyhocks will suit any garden style. As long as there are fences to hide, borders to fill and any bare sunny areas, there will always be a need for hollyhocks. Growing hollyhocks has been enjoyed by generations of gardeners and they have been a […]

Blue Delphinium Petals

Blue Delphinium Petals

We had a hail storm about a week ago. This little stalk of blue Delphinium blooms has been bent over and hanging by a thread ever since. I finally had mercy and cut it to bring indoors. This is absolutely my favorite Delphinium color ever. If you’ve spent even a tiny amount of time here, […]

African Violet Growing Tips

African Violet Growing Tips

Here’s a couple of my favorite tips for successfully growing African Violets which haven’t been covered in the series on”Re-potting African Violets” or “Dividing African Violets“. First, your African Violets will only be as healthy as the soil you plant them in. I only use Miracle-Gro’s Enriched African Violet Potting Mix. This soil has nutrients […]

Dividing African Violets

Dividing African Violets

Dividing African Violets is really fairly simple, once you get the hang of it! The blue pen is pointing to one of two African Violet plants in this pot. As promised, here’s the ins and outs of dividing African Violets which have self propagated. This pot started with a single plant…and now there are 2. […]

Sunny Bee

Sunny Bee

I thought this was kinda purdy…. A colorful, cheery flower and a busy bee. I don’t like bees when they sting me though…one got me on the knee the other day…right where my pants are ripped open. Little devil in a striped suit! And it still itches/burns. The little beasties look good in photos though! […]

Repotting African Violets ~ Single Pl...

Repotting African Violets ~ Single Plant

Repotting African Violets was originally posted here on Real Country Living ~ August 2008 Many people have a fear of repotting African Violets because they think of these house plants as fragile or dainty.  While the flowers themselves are tiny, the plants that produce them are anything but frail. Don’t Be Afraid of Repotting African […]

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