Early spring is a great time to get a jump-start on the edibles in your garden. Whether you live on a sprawling estate or in a high-rise condo, there is opportunity to grow veggies and herbs you can use in a fresh garden salad or your favorite cocktail. In early spring many cool-climate gardeners find themselves at an in-between stage, but there are some garden tasks you can complete that will ensure you are ready for planting with the time arrives.
Entry to the garden. Photo by David Kruse-Pickler
Hundreds of native wildflowers bloom with life as the meadows awaken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. A colorful show for any botanic enthusiast, we have 5 reasons to further persuade a trip this spring, just be careful not forget your heart in San Francisco when you leave.
I first saw Anna Schuleit's piece Bloom about a year ago and I was reminded of it when Colossal blogged about it last month. Since tulips and other spring flowers are now in full bloom in most of the northern hemisphere, I though I would mention it here, if you haven't had a chance to see photographs of this work.
Yesterday, I had a chance to have a sneak peek at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor center, which is slated to open to the public on May 16, 2012. The new visitor center, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, was built to create a more formal entry from the street into the garden, creating a place to welcome and orient tour groups, a larger gift store with room for plant sales throughout the year, and an event space.
Contemporary gardens are losing their flowers. Sure, big color isn't for everyone, and there's no denying the appeal of easy care ornamental grasses and water conserving succulents. But there's one plant routinely overlooked that may offer a fabulous display that won't fight your minimalist design, but enhance it. They are the parrot tulips, which are magnificently free to flower in the most curious colors and shapes. These twisted beauties are planted in the fall for unexpected seasonal delights.
How to make your own Easter tree, with hanging eggs from spring branches. Plus: Our tip for how to invisibly attach the hanging thread to each egg.
As homeowners begin their spring gardening, they can act as detectives for invasive plant diseases and insects. One disease in particular, sudden oak death, which has primarily been found along the western U.S. coastal areas, has made an appearance in Pennsylvania on some nursery stock, creating concern for a potential spread of the disease in eastern United States. The news release below gives gardeners specific information on how to detect and report any plants they suspect might carry this disease.