Author Archives: Mary Ann Newcomer

Great Weather, Great Gardening Ahead

This is one of the oddest weather patterns I’ve seen in Boise — but I’ll take it. I can put up with two hot days and then a cooling off. It’s working very well for the garden AND the gardener. … Continue reading

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Favorite Pole Beans for the Rocky Mountain Region & a shout out for Fine Foliage!

Today, on the River Radio Morning Show, I shared w/listeners, and Ken and Tim, my passion for pole beans. You can grow 4 tall vines in one 18 inch square area. Place 4 poles (rebar/bamboo/sticks) in a teepee fashion, lash … Continue reading

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Here’s another “Heard it through the grapeVINE!”

Su shows us how she plants up a straw bale for the garden. TweetShare

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Trying out Vine!

Friends and I are trying to keep up with social media these days. I took some 6 second “looping” (also loopy) videos when I visited Moss Mountain Farms w/P Allen Smith and the gang. Here’s one of them. Hey, I … Continue reading

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All Prickly: Thistle-like blossoms in the garden

Showy, pretty, generally tough as nails (a characteristic required to live at Ranch du Bois), these snazzy looking centaureas and the cardoon, are welcome in my garden. Not on the guest list: nasty knapweed. They are members of the same … Continue reading

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Showy Milkweed in my garden

Does everyone but me know how great this smells? The occasional showy milkweed plant that shows up in the garden is treated as an honored guest and is much adored. I was pruning something next to it and when I … Continue reading

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The great ideas just keep coming: more clematis and rose pairings

At the Idaho Botanical Gardens, we have an arbor loadedwith blossoms and the brilliant ‘Dortmund’ climbing rose. I am going to push for the addition of a Henryi clematis to go with. Well, actually, to go over, around and through. … Continue reading

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Perfect in Pairs: Climbing roses and clematis

The quintessential combo: climbing roses with clematis scampering through, over and around. Do try this at home. At the Idaho Botanical Gardens, we used New Dawn roses (plus purple Japanese Wisteria) with General Sikorski and Etoile Violette clematis. Here’s another … Continue reading

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Fire Spinner Delosperma spinning out of control!

Wow! gotta love Plant Select’s Fire Spinner. Here it is in all its glory at my buddy Jeff Lightbody’s garden. I tried to capture the iridescence of the blooms, but I guess you just can’t capture magic. Trust me, it’s … Continue reading

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P Allen Smith welcomes us to Moss Home Farm and Arkansas

Two weeks ago, I had the great good fortune to participate in the Garden 2 Blog gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas. P. Allen Smith and crew were exceptional hosts. It had been a long time since I was in Little … Continue reading

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