2018 Perennial Plant of the Year: Allium ‘Millenium’

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The 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year as it might appear in a yard. Allium 'Millenium' has very attractive leaves and flowers.
Allium ‘Millenium’ has very attractive leaves and flowers, as you can see.
Photo provided by Walters Gardens, Inc.

I hope this particular variety will be only the beginning for you if you’ve never tried the ornamental alliums before. There are many more, and in fact, I wish I could tell you just how many. Read more

Are You Excited About Beets?

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a photograph showing several beets on a cutting boardBeets are closely related to the fodder beet, sugar beet, and Swiss chard, all in the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The National Garden Bureau has named beets the Vegetable of 2018, which means at least some of us will be planting and eating more of them.

Having trouble with your enthusiasm? Read more

The Best Resource for January Garden Tips

a snow-covered scene painted in Hungary with open countryside, low hills, and trees in the distance, all under a fresh blue sky; the artist is József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927)
Winter, also known as Hills in Somogy, Undated
József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927)

In the past I’ve mentioned the potential value of discarded holiday greens and–if you’re snow-free–to look out for discarded or unwanted mums. There’s always more and more . . . and more timely seasonal advice to say, so that’s why I wanted to let you know there’s a resource that covers it all. Read more

Free Book on Raising Vegetables

painting Planting the Garden from 1909 by William Coffin
Planting the Garden (1909)
William Coffin

If you plant a vegetable garden, or haven’t before but want to grow some vegetables this year, you should know that there’s an excellent book that’s free. You can find it on the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service web site. This volume by Dr. James Knott (1897-1977) was first published in 1956; the download is the fifth edition (2006).

If you like to print things, you should know that this one is 600 pages. If you’d like an opinion besides mine, here’s a review.

Don’t Miss George Ball’s Open Letter to Melania Trump

a photograph of the White House in Washington, D. C.

I hope you caught this impassioned and erudite open letter written by George Ball. In case you don’t recognize the name (shame on you!), he is chairman and CEO of the Washington Atlee Burpee Company and a past president of the American Horticultural Society.

He calls attention to the Slavic culture in Trump’s background and relations by marriage, then moves on to Read more