Stem Research (or, Why Does My Campanula Look So Weird?)

As much of a Marvel Universe fan as I am, that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily prepared for a strange mutant to pop up unexpectedly in my planting bed. The next logical question is, what – if anything – should I do about it? Among the plants I ordered from Bluestone Perennials in May 2020 were…

The Chocolate Lover’s Jewelry Box: Quartz, Tourmaline, Garnets, and More

This fifth and final post in my Chocolate Lover’s Jewelry Box series will take a look at some of the most and least common ‘chocolate-gems’ goodies. Chocolate Quartz® Let’s begin with the most common ‘chocolate’ stone and yes, it’s another descriptive that has been trademarked by LeVian: Chocolate Quartz® In reality, it’s the same stone…

Teenage Tree Peonies Update

I almost wrote ‘baby tree peonies’ for the title, but of course they aren’t babies anymore! It’s been four years since the seeds that were sown in 2016 germinated the following year; I wonder what age that is in Tree Peony Years? Last year of high school/freshman in college?? At the end of August 2020…

Babes in the Garden (Dwarf Crape Myrtles)

I don’t know if Robert Burns – he of “the best-made plans…” fame – was a gardener, but sometimes I feel as if more things are “going agley” than usual. That is how I recently came to have three baby-size dwarf Lagerstroemias rather than the teenagers I’d originally planned on. It occurred to me that…