Pollen or Nectar? What’s the Difference?

Hi Lovelies, With my recent spree of posting about sunflowers, I've gotten a couple of questions via email. So, why not try to answer them here! Hooray! ­čÖé It's no secret, that I'm absolutely in love with pollenless sunflowers. They're truly a gem for anyone who loves cutting flowers. They're cheerful, classic, and most importantly…

Growing Buttercream Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, I'm back! The bright sunshine and heat we've had the last couple days means one thing - I'm absolutely swimming in sunflowers. I planted about 13 different varieties of sunflower this year, mainly because if all else fails, I know that I can usually depend on them. *knock on wood* Anyway, this post…

Sour Feelings and Pretty Zinnias

Hi Lovelies, I hope all is well! It's been about a week and things are finally starting to change around here. I'll admit to having some sour feelings about the garden lately. I think a lot of it stems from things that are simply out of my control. This season has been a roller coaster,…

Growing Stargazer Oriental Lilies

Hi Lovelies, I know, I know. Stargazer lilies have been around forever, why are you even bothering to write a post about them? Well my friends, because I love them, of course. Speaking honestly, I have the tendency to fall in love with whatever's blooming profusely at the moment - but these beauties have never…

Preparing for Hardy Annuals

Hi Lovelies, So, it's raining again. I know I shouldn't be complaining because a lot of folks are suffering from heat and a major drought, but I'm itching to get back into the garden so badly. The stargazer oriental lilies started to bloom this week. Unfortunately, they did so during the rain. That means there…

Growing Pro Cut Brilliance Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, So, I won't lie - I'm starting to really enjoy writing these posts, and somehow they've managed to morph into reviews. I personally like the direction that I've taken because I know I like to extensively investigate anything that I plan to grow, and one aspect of that is seeing what other gardeners…

Japanese Beetles: The Zinnia Destroyers

Hi Lovelies, It's that time of year again, you know, the end of June. ┬áThat means one thing for me - June bugs. While the term "June bugs"┬ácan apply to large variety of creepy crawlies, around here, people mainly mean Japanese Beetles. Ugh! Over the years, I've managed to learn quite a few interesting tidbits…

Movin’ Along

Hi Lovelies, Just thought I would take the time to quickly check in. Last time I took to writing, everything was pretty stressful. I didn't have a place to grow anything and precious time was slipping away from me as I frantically searched. I'm happy to say, that though I've lost a few succession plantings,…