The Bulb Design Notes Project: Impressive Color Echoing

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Tulipa ‘Formosa’ (viridiflora tulip, soft yellow with spring-green blush, blooms late) with Hosta ‘Ivory Coast’ (medium large, the yellow margins turn creamy in summer). Location: Fairfield, Connecticut, USDA Zone 7a Notes: Here’s another found treasure, this time at Oliver’sContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Impressive Color Echoing”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Flawless Transitional Combo

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ (blooms late spring/early summer); Gladiolus communis ssp byzantinus (magenta flowers, blooms late spring/early summer); Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese forest grass, mounded, cascading golden grass); Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (goat’s beard, tiny white flowers, blooms early to midsummer); SalviaContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Flawless Transitional Combo”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Designing for Deer Resistance

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design. Combo: In spring: hellebores, dwarf daffodils, Pulmonaria, Epimedium (barrenwort or bishop’s hat), Viola ‘Lemon Sorbet’ and Tulipa ‘Apricot Impression’ (Darwin hybrid tulip, apricot with pink, blooms midseason). Late spring into summer: Hakonechloa (Japanese forest grass) with ferns and Linum (flax).Continue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Designing for Deer Resistance”

Victory Gardens abound in 2020!

In 1944, about 40% of the food grown in the US came from national victory gardens. Today we are seeing a resurgence of that long lost era. Growing some of your own food is a positive step toward personal food security—knowing that you planted the seed, nurtured it, and then harvested the yield for yourContinue reading “Victory Gardens abound in 2020!”

GARDENING with KIDS

I recently found this image from so many years ago — it’s me with my wonderful Dad in a garden. I don’t remember this picture, it just fell out of an old box of pictures last week, but it made me remember how he instilled a love of gardening in me. I think it’s genetic.Continue reading “GARDENING with KIDS”

Spring Comes!

Sending my best thoughts and good health to everyone. Since things have really shifted in our everyday world, it is important to get out and enjoy your own personal garden as the wonder of spring gradually unfolds. Sending some bulb images from my garden to provide some inspiration and lightness to your day!

Spring Flowers for Container Gardens

By Deborah Hornblow, Hartford Magazine Many gardeners and homeowners decorate their porches and patios with pots full of plants in summer, but springtime offers an opportunity to welcome the new season with container plantings created especially for this time of year. “After a cold, gray winter, the sight of a colorful planter at a frontContinue reading “Spring Flowers for Container Gardens”

Witch Hazel: A Winter Blooming Goddess for Your Garden

Witch Hazels ‘Hamamelis x intermedia’ is one of the first shrubs to bloom in the late winter. They boldly push through snow and chilly nights to send out exquisite and unexpected blooms when you least expect it. Growers are producing beautiful new cultivars like this that dazzle the garden color palette in late winter. TheContinue reading “Witch Hazel: A Winter Blooming Goddess for Your Garden”

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Magnolia leaves with gold and ivory accents in an antique pot Framing a front entrance with roping that is wrapped in white lights — pots are more dramatic when the lighting is hidden at the base of the evergreens, soft illumination glows at night Two Topiary trees flank the steps to a bluestone patio BoxwoodContinue reading “Getting Ready for the Holidays”