Emily Vanschmus
Emily Vanschmus
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Is your landscape ‘undergrown’? with nancy lawson - awaytogarden.com - Usa - state Maryland
27.01.2024 / 12:33

Is your landscape ‘undergrown’? with nancy lawson

AS SHE OFTEN DOES, naturalist and nature writer Nancy Lawson—perhaps known better to some of you as the Humane Gardener after the title of her first book—caught my attention the other day.

4 Midsummer Favorites From a Plant Breeder’s Garden - finegardening.com - Usa - state Michigan
25.01.2024 / 15:03

4 Midsummer Favorites From a Plant Breeder’s Garden

Although it would be nearly impossible for any plant lover to choose just one favorite, here are a few of the standouts that look especially good in my Zone 6 Michigan garden at the peak of the growing season.

Excuse Me—Do You Have a Tree for Me? | Letter from the Editor - finegardening.com
25.01.2024 / 10:35

Excuse Me—Do You Have a Tree for Me? | Letter from the Editor

If you’re a gardener—and since you picked up this magazine I’m guessing you are—you probably get peppered with plant questions all the time. I know I do. Take Thanksgiving just this past year. My dad was looking for some trees that would “subtly block” his neighbors who had recently put a pool in their backyard. So in between doling out mashed potatoes and deciding if I wanted apple or pumpkin pie for dessert, I pulled out Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs from the nearby bookshelf to spark some suggestions. (That illustrated encyclopedia was a Christmas gift a few years back to help my dad make plant choices without my help. Its successfulness in doing so is still up for debate.) This same scenario takes place at summer picnics, children’s birthday parties, or even on planes when my seatmate asks what I do for a living. After I answer, it’s common to hear, “Wow, that’s so interesting. Listen, I have this spot where I need something …” Most of these inquiries center around trees too—and I get it. A tree is an investment with a capital “I.” Not only is a tree the single most expensive plant you will likely purchase for your landscape, but it is also the longest lived. Trees don’t like to be moved, they generally require a bit more effort to get established than a perennial or shrub, and they are usually the focal point of a specific area. For all of these reasons, everyone wants to choose the right tree.

20 must have garden tools - theenglishgarden.co.uk - Britain
24.01.2024 / 13:27

20 must have garden tools

Often, these are timeless items that have truly stood the test of time, but there’s also room for innovations that have transformed the way we garden – battery-powered tools that have done away with electric cables and noisy, smelly two-stroke fuel, for example. We asked the country’s top head gardeners which tools they couldn’t contemplate gardening without.

Look after your tools - theenglishgarden.co.uk
24.01.2024 / 11:23

Look after your tools

Tool maintenance is often regarded as a chore to be done only when other gardening jobs are exhausted, usually on rainy or bitter days when the great outdoors is less than inviting. Sometimes it is avoided altogether, although deep-down most gardeners know their tools deserve better treatment. Modern tools are made either from carbon steel or stainless steel. Carbon steel tends to be stronger but can suffer from corrosion; stainless steel tools have gleaming blades that remain rust-free and prove easy to clean without need for oiling, although they are not suited to the toughest jobs.

A Roundup of Our Favorite TikTok Home Aesthetics of 2023 - bhg.com
23.01.2024 / 19:45

A Roundup of Our Favorite TikTok Home Aesthetics of 2023

This year, TikTok saw no shortage of fresh interior design trends, ranging from pop culture-inspired to just plain innovative. Barbiecore seemed to have led the pack once again, carrying over from its debut in 2022 and spawning a whole new world of pretty-in-pink design styles.

SHOE FLIES AND CHINESE LANTERNS – Gardening - backyardgardener.com - China - Peru
22.01.2024 / 21:21


This year, when gardeners look at plant and seed catalogs, I think they will be inclined to go for the safe and familiar. After all,  even optimists need a sense of security. It will probably be a banner year for roses of all kinds, with reds selling well. The ongoing vogue for cottage flowers will probably continue to be strong. In fact, the wildest thing many people will invest in come spring will be a few of the more bizarre coleus cultivars.

Growing Guide for Maurandia - backyardgardener.com - Spain - Mexico
22.01.2024 / 21:21

Growing Guide for Maurandia

Tender climbing perennial plants which are free flowering and suitable for growing in pots in the greenhouse, or for planting out of doors. They are closely related to the Snapdragon (Antirrhinum), to whose family, Scrophulariaceae, they belong.

How to Grow and Care for Ironweed (Vernonia) - gardenerspath.com - Britain
20.01.2024 / 17:33

How to Grow and Care for Ironweed (Vernonia)

How to Grow and Care for Ironweed (Vernonia) Vernonia spp.

An expert’s guide to the best places to buy seeds and bulbs - irishtimes.com - Britain - Japan - Ireland
20.01.2024 / 05:11

An expert’s guide to the best places to buy seeds and bulbs

Some people get their kicks from designer labels, others from rummaging through flea shops, or collecting obscure Japanese comics, vintage tractors, handbags, dolls, beer-mats, Star Wars merchandise or whatever else. Me, I get mine from ordering seeds.

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