We're on the forefront of our planting season and we're eager to get our hands back into the soil. Before we can get our gardens going, we're pulling out our favorite tools. Our tools are our back-saving prized possessions, and we want to tell you about our favorite ones!
Hi, I'm Mollie! In my short tenure as Swansons' indoor plant and pottery buyer, I have had one goal: to find a source for the hot new plant everyone needs for their living room. And that plant is a Cactus! I don't mean just your regular run-of-the-mill cactus in a four-inch pot, no no. I’m talking about big, juicy, tall, spiky cacti that can take your pad from drab to fab (#jungalowstyle, anyone?) in an instant.
Soil really is at the root of everything in the garden. Without healthy soil, plants will not thrive. Period. Whether you are planting in containers or directly into the garden, the use of specific soils, amendments, and mulches will have immediate and lasting benefits! Here are a few of our favorite soils, amendments, and mulches, plus how and when to use them.
I'd like to share my observations about some of my favorite roses, which I currently enjoy both in the garden and in bouquets at home. The first rose I planted was 'Altissimo' because I thought it best to start with a red rose. By autumn of that year, I was sold on roses. The rose grew about 6 feet, had large deep red flowers that continued to bloom all summer, a moderate fragrance and large hips of a glowing orange suitable for fall bouquets.
As I approached the winter garden, the enjoyable scents started filling my senses. The garden was alive with various shades of flowering hamamelis (witch hazels) and the Garrya ellipitica was feeling proud to display its sensuous catkins letting me know the alders will be soon to follow.