Plant Spotlight: Coleus

Flowers or foliage? The importance of each has been debated persistently over the years by gardeners near and far. Some adamantly rally behind flowers, pointing out their benefit to pollinators and ultimate beauty. No plant dare set root in their gardens unless they are adorned with ornamental blooms, as flowers should always be the star …

Putting up the Harvest

The weather is getting cooler here in zone 5, and the leaves are starting to show signs of change. Like dazzling dancers dressed in red, orange, and yellow costumes, they prepare to put on their show. This will be their final act, a brilliant extravaganza of color before the curtain falls, and winter enters the …

Sharing the Bounty

We are well into harvest season, and it is at this time that many of us are up to our ears in produce as tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash abound. Late summer is typically a time for vegetable gardeners to step into overdrive, rapidly harvesting their crops and putting up their bounty for the colder days …

Planting a Mini Meadow

When I think of a meadow, I often imagine vast open grasslands sprinkled with wildflowers, just like I used to explore when I was a child.  I always admired these beautiful areas and appreciated them for all that they offered local wildlife.  Until recently, having a meadow on my property was a dream, as I …

A Cosmos Connection

They say that in the universe, there are cosmic connections. When a person will come into your life to help you develop and grow, creating a relationship, whether short or long term, that brings meaning to your life. I believe that plants can affect your life as well, and the links you create with them …