The dog days of summer.

I grew up with cool summers in my native Holland and the sweltering hot Virginia summers had me wilting most of those sweaty days when I first arrived in my new homeland. The humid climate was one of the reasons we decided to move elsewhere and thus in 1994 my husband Mark, the three kids…

More gardening space for city dwellers.

Running out of space? As a city dweller it's easy to run out of space in your garden for al the  flowers and plants you want, need or like to grow and so sometimes gardeners tend to crowd their plants in order to save space. Although there are creative ways to integrate different varieties of…

36 bushels of wheat 72 of rice 4 oxen 12 sheep 8 pigs 2 barrels of wine 4 barrels of beer 2 tons of butter 1000 pounds of cheese a bed a suit of clothes and a silver cup for a single glorious Tulip

As a transplant from Holland it is all too easy to identify with the ubiquitous Tulips in Spring as they are such a common symbol of the old country. But even at the risk of being cliche, this beautiful cut flower is worth knowing about because it comes with its own interesting history. Originally from…

October still has it going on with Dahlias, Zinnias, Monkshood, Toad Lilies and more..

Are you wondering how much longer local flower will be playing a role in Petal Passion's bouquets? Well the first frost will make an end to all the abundance of fall flowers, but that could still be weeks away. And the hard rains, that are just as capable of destruction, have not really materialized yet…

Bees

Flowers need bees and bees need flowers, a beautiful symbiotic relationship that has endured throughout the ages. For as long as we know pollinators have come to the flowers in search or nectar and pollen and in the process of feeding, they pollinate the flowers and thus ensure the plants' and their own continuation. The…

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning has been in my bones since I was a little girl, helping my mom drag the old carpets outside to give it a good flogging with the 'mattenklopper' (carpet beater). I loved that job! I was not always particularly helpful with the way I used the devise (my family will tell) however there…

March is for seeds.

For me the best time of the year is right now. March takes me inside my tiny but wonderful little greenhouse and I plant hundreds of seeds. The system I improvised is set up with rope lights, fastened with twisty ties under a repurposed office ceiling grit, found at the Rebuilding Center at 3625 N…

Bloom’n Lilies

Last fall I knew I needed to move my lilies so I dug them up and put them in a washtub for the winter.  The washtub had loose soil that was a nice combination of top soil and peat.  I added organic matter to nourish them throughout the winter and watered them every now and…

Soggy Leaves – Less Weeds

April 22, 2013  SOGGY LEAVES – LESS WEEDS Growing flowers for beautiful bouquets is a year long commitment.  Success requires a huge dose of  “if ‘x’ then ‘y’.” This is especially true in the fall when gardens need to be “put to bed” for the winter.  If beds stay uncovered all winter the gardener is…