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Snow Drop

The Earliest of Flower Gardens

There’s a patch of paper whites and snow drops in our pasture that’s older than I am. Just behind the little shed that’s been pony shed, goat shed and now donkey shed. Those are the kinds of bulbs I want in my gardens. From a practical stand point, because they come back, they thrive and… Read More

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Planting a Perennial Border for Hospice Cut Flowers

Linda has a cool story.  She’s cared for her parents, worked a lot and ready to retire.  But not ready to slow down.  So she bought a little farm house at the edge of booming suburbs and is planning a cut flower operation– specifically to give cut flowers to local hospice centers. She’s into nutrition,… Read More

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Where Do You Grow Crinum?

Let’s build a Crinum map together!   Send pictures of your crinum lilies.  In the email subject line please type your city and state.   (Send your town even if you don’t have pictures). We’ll mark your town and post the picture to our map of Crinum Lovers!  (Don’t worry, we won’t post your name or address… Read More

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One of my freaky Crinum bulbispermum selections.

Plant Evaluation — Selecting New Crinum Varieties

I’m a tough critic when it comes to plants.  Since I’ve been growing crinum from when I was a pre-teen, I’m particularly tough on those bulbs.  Nothing floppy, nothing wimpy, nothing that doesn’t make a great all around garden plant. Yes, I have my personal collection of quirky crinum, but that’s about love and memory… Read More

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Supple Jack

Stalking Supple Jack on the Salkehatchie

Some guys go duck hunting on Christmas.  Some people go to movies.  Momma and I went in search of an elusive vine: Supple Jack.  To be honest, the vine isn’t rare, but its home is in blackwater swamps.  Special places, also home to cotton mouths and deep holes hidden in black water, but in winter,… Read More

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Larkspur & the Old Chicken House (now packing shed)

5 Favorite Flowers to Seed-In Now for Spring Flowers

As with fall leaf veggies, seeding in spring annuals, now, gives you green ground cover and texture over winter; then flowers come in the spring time.  There’s just no better value; in Deep Rooted Wisdom, I tell the story of a mentor who bought a pack of red poppy seeds in 1959 and still has… Read More

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Curly Parsley in the fall

5 Favorite Salad Greens to Seed-In for Fall

Easy-to-germinate cool season leaf crops yield beauty as well as nutrients.  There may be lots of choices in seed catalogs, but over decades of gardening, I’ve weeded out the the ones that take too much work.  With these easy fall and winter greens,  scatter the seeds then make sure the little seedlings stay moist. Then… Read More

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How to Propagate Bamboo from Cuttings

How many things can you use bamboo for?  If you live on a farm, eat Chinese food, walk on alternative floors, wear eco-friendly fabrics, then you know the list never ends. I know a bunch of native-plant-nazis are going to call me out on it, but in my new book, I promote proper bamboo planting…. Read More

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