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More “Better Plants for Better Gardens”

A couple years ago, I did a series of posts that got a lot of attention around the region: Better Plants for Better Gardens, or “Instead of That, Plant THIS!” I was recently asked what else I would recommend in … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts as an ornamental

I tucked these in the front pots on a lark. Of course, they are totally happy and hogging all the attention. I’ve decided to make them the stars of the show. I will redesign the containers to “showcasethe sprouts. TweetShare

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Echinacea pallida is showing off

That tough as nails but wistful looking pale coneflower is dancing in the garden right now. And with such a lovely fragrance. TweetShare

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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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