Tag Archive for ‘Seasonal Plants’

A Mast Year? The Form and Function of the Iconic Acorn

Photo: Acorn from a blue oak, or blue oak hybrid (Quercus douglasii). Note the stout, rounded body of the acorn and the well-fitted cap. Who doesn’t love an acorn? Who can resist bending over to pick up a fresh acorn newly fallen on the ground, looking at it carefully, tucking it into a pocket? Photo: [...]

Fireworks: July in the North State Garden & Calendar of Gardening Events

Walking around the garden in the cool of morning last week, it occurred to me how much flowers remind me of fireworks – their colorful explosions, forces of nature demanding that we look at them: Here! Here! Here! Photo above: This week’s article features photos of flowers that remind me of fireworks – and yes, [...]

The Origanums – Beautiful Cornerstones of the North State Herb Garden

I’m a big believer in Beauty for its very own sake, but in a gardening life where choices must be made as to what we will give room, resources, time and attention – it’s always nice to love a plant that is both beautiful and useful beyond this beauty. Photos above: Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’ in [...]

Now that Winter’s gone: a Tribute to the Trees! Dunsmuir Botanical Garden

Every morning this time of year, from the early morning lifting through the trees and on the horizon just before 5 am to that hard to-pinpoint moment when morning has become full-fledged day, the birds regale us with their summer morning songs – symphonic it would seem when put all together in the green spaces, [...]

Twining through Spring into Summer: Clematis in the North State Garden

My clematis are blooming nicely, elegantly draping themselves over trellises, fences and my shrub roses. I attended a meeting this past week for which my friend Jeanne had created two amazing arrangements for the table from her collection of now 24 clematis. I thought: Ahhh, now is a good time to revisit how to grow [...]

Planting Time: An Overview of How to Decide What to Plant When

Mother’s Day is almost here and in our culture it’s a traditional day for planting out heat-loving summer fruit, vegetables and herbs – your tomatoes, peppers, and basil, for instance. Likewise your heat-loving summer annuals, including the non-hardy begonias, impatience, fuchsias, geraniums or brugmansia-laden container gardens or hanging baskets. Together these vegetables, fruits, herbs and [...]

May In the Garden – Everything’s Coming up Roses (And So Much More)

May is upon us and everything’s coming up Roses (and poppies and strawberries and peonies and clematis and alliums and more) – even with the windy weather of late we are on the brink of summer and all that it entails: flowers, bugs, birds, heat. This last week, in one of the handful of gardens [...]

The Electricity of April & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

April in the garden is so electric with life, renewed growth and colorful bloom that for me it swings back and forth between intoxicating and over-stimulating – for my eyes, my ears, my head. Our cups – as they say – runneth over this time of year in the natural world of the North State. [...]

Darkness & Light: March in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

“There is a certain slant of light/ on winter afternoons/ that oppresses…” wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. But Emily, an avid gardener herself, knew just as surely that this same slant of light – made slightly higher and longer with the lengthening days as we cross the threshold into spring – will lift us. The [...]

Happy Birthday, 5 Years Old & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

On January 26th, 2008, Northstate Public Radio aired its first segment of In a North State Garden, a locally-conceived and produced, 4-minute, often interview-based program celebrating home gardening in the North State Region; a region 10 counties strong, just about the size of the state of Ohio and home to more diverse plant life, habitat [...]

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