(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
This is a perennial wildflower. It has two showy blue petals and one smaller white petal.
Its stem is long and trailing. The plant grows in dry sandy soil and in cultivated sites. (more)
This is a woodland perennial. It is grown for it's brilliant color and often grown on a trellis with other climbers.
Sometimes the flower is used for corsages because they are long lasting. The flowers will be 3 - 4 inches across. (more)
Ed's Wildflower Page
Book: "Tough Plants for Southern Gardens"
Just when you think you have read every southeastern "plants for tough places" directed book, along comes author Felder Rushing with his knowledge and humor to guide you once again. (more)
April 15, 2013
Here is the middle of a new essay (see the beginning):
Dirt: Shade or Sun
Unless I wanted to cut down some huge water oaks and hickory trees the back yard was going to be a shade garden. Mostly heavy shade. This would dictate the type of plants that we grew.
No flowering gardens with cut flowers on the table every night. No large brush strokes of color like Giverney. This garden was going to be dark and wet. Sort of like, well, a jungle.
I can see Ponce hacking his way through the jungle looking for the fountain of youth. He is like a 1950's developer, envisioning a clearing with a bubbling fountain – the sounds of water wafting across manicured lawn with the cool sun shining blissfully on lawn chairs and table umbrellas. What he found was a jungle of oaks and scrub palms and vines and heat and humidity and insects and muck.
Just what we were looking for. (more dirt)
Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland:
Victory Day in London 1945
In 1945 my father wrote a letter to his mother describing the victory celebrations in London at the end of World War Two. (more)