Blooming daffodils on a green background

Daffodils, Jonquils, in England “Lent Lilies”—whatever you call them, they’re still the quintessential flower of spring to many people. Daffodils are members of the Amaryllidaceae—the amaryllis family. Relatives include agapanthus (Lily-of-the-Nile), hymenocallis (Peruvian daffodils), sternbergia (Lily-of-the-Field), alliums (onion family, including onions, garlic, chives, and ornamental onions), lycoris (Naked Ladies, Spider Lilies, Surprise Lilies), and hippeastrum … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Beautiful Perennial Fall Color

Lycoris (spider lily) is a great option for beautiful perennial fall color

Lycoris for Perennial Fall Color Lycoris are strong perennials that send up lush foliage in the spring, which then dies down, and they bloom in late summer without foliage—hence the nicknames Surprise Lilies, Magic Lilies, or Naked Ladies. Because they bloom late summer/early fall at the beginning of hurricane season, they are sometimes called Hurricane … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – About Cover Crops

Crimson clover is one of many options for cover crops that you can use

Besides getting rid of summer debris, one thing we can do to really improve next spring’s garden is to consider planting a cover crop. Cover crops are sometimes called green manure. They do important things—like help to replenish the soil, keep weeds down over the winter, prevent erosion and many varieties even bloom in early … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable gardening is key to a better environment

One of the phrases we hear a lot is “sustainable” gardening. So what is sustainable gardening exactly? My definition is to leave my environment in the same or in better shape than it already was—and to try to use as few products as possible to keep it that way. How to Apply to Your Yard … Read more

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