March 16, 2015

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"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden." ...Minnie Aumonier
(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Solidago gigantea

Sweet Golden Rod

Known as goldenrods and as butterweed, congleweed, golden ragwort, sqawweed, wild valeria, or golden groundsel, it really is a wonderful side-of-the-road weed, showing a brilliant fall color of yellow. (more)



The flowers are the best feature of this plant material. With a very bright red scarlet showy spike, it resembles bristles of a bottle brush. The soft spikes are about two to four inches in length. (more)

Heal-All or Self-Heal
Heal-All or Self-Heal
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The Botany of Desire

"The Botany of Desire"

I dare you to read the chemistry of potato farming and not think about what you are adding to your body next time you munch a French fry. (more)

Lucky BambooMarch 15, 2015

Emily: Can I grow my lucky bamboo in dirt?


Dear Emily: Greetings from the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados. I have a question about lucky bamboo. Can it be grown in soil? If so, what kind of soil? Will the plant do better in soil or water?


A: The lucky bamboo, you might know, is not even a bamboo. It is a Dracaena sanderiana which we used to grow in soil in pots back in the 1970s. The way it is cut and sold as lucky bamboo, it seems to do much better directly in water, but it can be grown in very moist soil.

It is probably native to a tropical area where it is a rainforest plant in soil getting lots of moisture.

Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: The Banana Slug Blether (a rerun)

An Ariolomax Dolichophalus - or a Banana slug to us gardeners - of which there are three types apparently, or so I'm told, quite common in some parts of America, particularly the Pacific North West. (more of The Banana Slug Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)