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The Mulch has uploaded a new photo to Conoclinium coelestinum 9 hours 11 minutes ago

Blue mistflower or Conoclinium coelestinum

Cozette tagged Tecoma capensis yesterday
Cozette has uploaded a new photo to Hylocereus undatus yesterday

White Fleshed Dragon Fruit

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Perovskia spp yesterday

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Perovskia atriplicifolia yesterday

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Mitch has added Allium sativum 'Inchelium Red' to his plants list. 2 days ago
Mitch has added Pisum sativum 'Oregon Giant' to his plants list. 2 days ago
Mitch has added Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights' to his plants list. 2 days ago
Mitch Shirts commented on Allium x proliferum 3 days ago

Great article here wimastergardener.org/article/egyptian-walking-onions/ about these...

Mitch Shirts commented on Averrhoa carambola 3 days ago

I tried, but I bought a little tiny seedling and forgot to water it and it didn't make it (sorry...

Mitch has added Averrhoa carambola to his cemetery list. 3 days ago
Mitch Shirts commented on Asclepias speciosa 3 days ago

I couldn't get this to grow in my coastal southern California garden. I tried and tried but no luck.

Mitch has added Asclepias speciosa to his cemetery list. 3 days ago
Mitch has uploaded a new photo to Armoracia rusticana 3 days ago


Mitch Shirts commented on Arctotis spp. 3 days ago

I killed these, well technically my chickens killed these. I see them all over the place, so I'll...

Mitch has added Arctotis spp. to his cemetery list. 3 days ago
Mitch Shirts commented on Ananas comosus 3 days ago

I killed another pineapple this season. I put them in a pot and didn't pay enough attention and...

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Loropetalum chinense 4 days ago

Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri'

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri' 4 days ago

Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri'

  • Gardening Background

  • Biographical Information
    I am an award-winning garden and lifestyle writer, winning the 2003 GWA award for my article on Native Seeds, published in The Christian Science Monitor newspaper.  Gardening, especially with herbs and perennials and writing about gardening have provided me with a very satistfying career for thirty years.  I live in a beautiful scenic wooded area atop Laurel Mt. where my zone 5 enjoys the ever-changing four seasons--snow for skiing; spring showers for woodland wildflowrers and ferns; summer from June through September and then fall colors before the snow flurries descend. My monthly garden column is syndicated in regional PA newspapers, and I continue to write for national magazines, for  The Christian Science Monitor and am a regular contributing garden writer for Cape May Magazine,  Cape May, NJ. When not writing, my other career is painting with watercolors, oils and acrylics which have garnered awards; works have been purchased for private and permanent collections.
  • My Mulch Profile

  • Gardening Ability
    4 - Experienced
  • My 5 favorite plants are
    Lavender, basil, rosemary, astilbe,peonies
  • What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?
    No space for a garden; not true.
  • And, what is the reality?
    Container gardens if there is no yard; look to place containers or hanging baskets on decks, patios or fill window boxes with plants.
  • What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
    Comfy clothes like I wear to the gym.
  • What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?
    How do I get started?
  • And what's the answer?
    I would answer that with: What interests you? Herbs for cooking; looking for plants for a shady spot or a full sun area and what colors do you like; bright and vivid or soft and calming.
  • Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
    Patience and the wait is worth it, so don't give up.
  • If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
  • What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
    Roses are tricky for me.
  • What is your favorite time in the garden?
    Early morning or at dusk are pleasant times.
  • What is your favorite color in the garden?
    Soft palette--pink, blue, lavender.
  • What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
    My herb garden is delightful, lovely and invites you in to sit awhile; very restful.
  • What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
    The Kew Gardens, England, Herb Garden at National Cathedral in Washington, DC and my own gardens.

    They can inspire one to garden on any level.
  • What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
    Adelma Simmons, especially after interviewing her and having a full day with her at Caprilands, was a real treat.  Her positive outlook on life and how gardening is therapeutic were ideas that stayed with me.  Also, a favorite aunt who studied floral design and had old-fashioned gardens with peonies, roses and a love of wildflowers, too.
  • Gardening Dilemmas
    Keeping the deer and woodchucks from nibbling the plants.
  • What do you dislike most about gardening?
    My zone 5 can be limiting at time to what will grow.
  • What do you like most about gardening?
    I find joy in viewing my garden and tending to the plants and  watching it ever changing through the seasons.
  • Cat or Dog person
    Both Cat and Dog
  • Education

  • Favorite Quote
    When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.

    To have a creative life, you must lose your fear of being wrong.
  • Interests
    Gardening, hiking, painting, skiing, jazz.
  • Plant Care Provider Profile

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