Since attending the Garden Blogger’s Fling earlier this year, I’ve been a bit more inspired to visit gardens whenever I can. I’ve noticed that many of the gardens – both public and private – have areas that are designated as certified habitats. I’ve seen butterfly and pollinator habitats, and a few specifically characterized as Monarch Butterfly habitats. Other gardens had spaces more broadly classified as wildlife habitats. After carefully exploring the plants and design features in each of these garden habitats, I realized they were very similar to my own. I grow many of the same plant varieties and offer sources of food, water and shelter to make my garden attractive to wildlife. That’s when it occurred to me that I could certify my garden!
This week was a BIG deal in our house. It was also a big deal in my dad’s house, and my mom’s house, and my auntie’s house and my grandma’s house. Why?? My son got his Learner’s Permit! I don’t know any kid more excited about driving than mine. He has been counting down the days to his 15th birthday for more than six months. And naturally, the entire family joined in on the hugely anticipated countdown.
This part two of a post I wrote in mid-July about testing the Red Racer Tomato in my home garden. You can read the full post here.
Now, I’m back to share the scoop on how well this All-American Selections (AAS) winner performed for me.
Collard greens were always a staple in my Grandma Georgia’s garden. We enjoyed many Sunday dinners with her collard greens as a favorite side dish. She doesn’t grow collards anymore, so I feel compelled to plant a few for her in my own garden. This fall I am trying a new collard variety, an easy-growing Southern heirloom from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange called Georgia Green Collards – which couldn’t have a more perfect name!
This is my FIRST Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post – and I’m super pumped about it! I first learned about this special event (monthly on the 15th) while chatting with fellow gardeners at the Capital Area Garden Bloggers Fling back in June. It sounded like a great way to connect with other gardeners around the world and to see what was blooming in their garden during the same month. I missed posting in July and August, but I’m here today for Bloom Day September. Hope you enjoy a quick peek at the loveliness currently blooming in my garden. If you’re here, leave a comment to say ‘hi’!
Coronation Gold (Achillea ageratifolia) is a beautiful tall-growing variety of Yarrow, a perennial herb that lights up my pollinator garden from June through August. I find the metamorphosis of the Coronation Gold flower so fascinating. In the early stages of bloom, the flower head looks like a tiny cauliflower. Over the course of several weeks, the tightly packed flowers gradually open up and flatten out like a small saucer. While the dramatic change in shape is happening, the color of the flower is also transitioning from pale white to a stunning, mustard-yellow color. I wish I had Coronation Gold planted all around my garden, hence the reason why I am harvesting seeds this week.