Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Trying hard to blog about the garden but the new arrival of my grandbaby girl trumps everything. Tallulah Munro Thompson. We are so excited to meet you.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Garlic Chive Love

I know they can take over a garden, butt wow they are so worth controlling and having in your garden. I have a hard time handling a lot of garlic but the leaves of this herb finely chopped give the kick without the burn.

I love the garlic chives lining the garden paths. They provide a wonderful border,  a great garlic kick, and the blossoms attract so many pollinators.

The secret is to keep them cut down most of the growing year. Then about the beginning of August, let them grow so the blooms develop. The blossoms make a wonderful herb vinegar, plus are totally edible in salads.

But what they give back is so incredible.... A wonderful bloom for the fall and a tremendous attraction to pollinators.  Once the white blossom is gone and it is turning to seed, you will need to be very vigilante about cutting them and removing them. ( they reseed everywhere).

So don't be scared, I feel this herb as way more positive then negative!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Finch Food

To you and I, these dead coneflowers just look like a gardener is  not doing her job. But to the Finches in my yard this is a culinary feast.  I love goldfinches and who would not want these beauties in your yard with their bright yellow feathers and cheerful song.  I feed them year round with feeders filled with Nyjer seed, but this time of year I so enjoy seeing them enjoy the seed heads I leave for their diners.

Finches love many seed heads and in fact prefer this to Nyjer in a feeder, this time of year.  So I try to plant plenty for them to feast on. So please don't cut the coneflowers. There is nothing more exciting than seeing  a finch hanging on to a coneflower and swaying in the wind!!


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