Here are a few of the links I've loved this week in no particular order -
1) State by State Gardening (full disclosure - I write for them a couple of times a year)
Marilyn Stewart of Wild Things Nursery wrote about Blackfoot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum.
Here's a link to the article about this plant. Stewart says,
|Natives of Texas|
2) The University of California Botany Photo of the Day
features a favorite plant for our zone 7 area, Castilleja coccinea, a member of the Orobanchaceae family. Here we call it Indian Paintbrush. link here
"Castilleja has somewhere in the neighbourhood of 160-200 species, and almost all of these are in western North America. Castilleja coccinea is one of the exceptions, as it is broadly distributed across eastern North America."
3) The Bugwood Blog ran an article about invasive bamboo that reminded me of the time we planted bamboo in a 2-inch thick concrete planter and it broke out.
|Bamboo Garden Center|
4) The University of Wisconsin Yard and Garden News ran a piece about the new hardiness zones map put out by the U.S.D.A. My zone didn't change, did yours? Check here.
5) Missouri Environment and Garden's newsletter has information on cold frames you can easily construct. I have perennial seeds in mine now. I love the idea of a hotbed but do not have the resources to have one.
The article is here.
"For many avid gardeners, the winter months are viewed as a dull, uninspiring period that must be endured in order to experience the joy of the growing season that follows. Although cold temperatures dramatically alter gardening activities, they do not necessarily have to end them. The use of plant growth structures such as cold frames and hotbeds can transform gardening into a year-around activity. "
Which blogs and garden newsletters are your faves?