The snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) seen above are the first spring blooms we’ve noted thus far.  I saw them bud out last week and this photo is from this morning. This is the first of many patches that have emerged quickly with more to bloom daily during this “pre-spring” warm up.  While these are blooming about, Read More

As I “GOOGLED” the term wheat celosias (Celosia spicata or Celosia argentea spicata) for some additional information for this blog, I saw my blog posting from February 9th, 2015 about “Wonderful Wheat Celosias”!  Apparently I am quite smitten with this annual flower and the impact it has in the garden.  I freely admit that, Read More

I thought these bleeding hearts (Dicentra and Lamprocapnos) would be appropriate for Valentine’s Day.  Normally blooming in about 9-10 weeks from now, I think we’ll see these much earlier if this warming trend persists!  With sunny skies and a high of 46 degrees F today, we’re seeing signs of life out in the gardens., Read More

  This past weekend was the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Garden Expo at the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, WI.  Our booth (two photos directly below) was visited heavily and it was a nice mild weekend to be up at the show.  The final count of attendees was 18,864 over the course of, Read More

The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is an excellent woody plant for year-round interest.  The photos in this blog (all taken by me) help highlight many of the excellent features of this North American native shrub (woodland habitats in the Southeast U.S.).  Hardy to Zone 5, this shrub has established well at RBG although it, Read More

While you wouldn’t see this featured plant blooming for another five months or so from this early February blog posting, the ‘Summer Beauty’ ornamental onion (Allium tanguticum).  These lavender pink spheres (2-3″ diameter) appear in mid summer and offer interest for many weeks and well in to fall and early winter as they age, Read More

  Spring continues to get closer as we note longer days and these occasional warming periods.  As our earliest of bulbs poke out of the ground and the April garden emerges quickly, it’s a great time to consider the merit of snapdragons (Antirrhinum sp.) in the landscape.  Originally native to Southern Europe and the, Read More

Looking for a tough perennial for a sunny location with a long period of bloom?  Check out this ‘Montrose White’ showy calamint (Calamintha nepeta) which provides an airy white effect in drifts or even as a solitary specimen. I was first smitten by this perennial when I saw it years ago at Olbrich Botanical, Read More

As the winter months drag by, we might look outside and appreciate a fresh snow fall, a colorful conifer, ornamental grasses and/or other details out in the garden.  Don’t ever neglect to appreciate the dynamic, and sometimes subtle, contribution that bark provides out in the garden.  Colorful stems are certainly of merit but will, Read More

  I’ve always enjoyed using and observing Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) and some of the new hybrids that include a painted fern parent.  This blog features only a few of the many options available to the gardener.  Our Fern & Moss Garden features over 25 selections of Japanese painted ferns and, Read More