Perennially Yours Blog


Jul 12, 2020

The global pandemic has overturned many of the ways we do things, as well as prompted creative solutions to new challenges. Zoom conversations with family and friends, business meetings, conferences, and educational symposiums have rocketed. Almost all of my scheduled in-person speaking commitments from March through this summer were cancelled, BUT some of these are…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

Video Gardening Lectures

Jul 10, 2020

Check out my 13 PowerPoint Webinars with include detailed lecture notes, CEU form, and Question and Answers Sheet. Special Video Bundles available, including the most recent 2019-2020 Bundle. Average lecture length is one hour. Here is what one gardener had to say about my presentation: “I just wanted to thank you for your amazing webinar,…

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Fish in the Garden

Jul 8, 2020

I LOVE Tyson M. Weiss’s unique and creative art accents for the home and garden. His design focuses on the visual–cerebral sensations of ‘flow’ that is most clearly seen by the way schools of fish curve in response to elements throughout an underwater landscape. Who could have dreamed of such an enchanting concept and then…

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Annuals that shine in shady spots

Jul 6, 2020

Finding striking, no-fuss annuals for shady gardens and containers can be challenging, especially if you are seeking something other than common impatiens (Impatiens walleriana). Since most of my gardens are in part shade or shade, I’m always on the lookout for striking annuals to extend the floral display through fall. A few of my favorite…

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Bluestone Perennials has EXCEPTIONAL plants

Jul 2, 2020

I have been a long-time fan (and customer) of Bluestone Perennials, owned by Bill and Sarah Boonstra. This family-owned business (started by Bill’s father in 1972) is a premier mail-order company featuring exceptional perennials, shrubs and bulbs. Bluestone Perennials has been rated by garden consumers for many years among the top 30 gardening mail-order companies…

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Apr 18, 2020

After a long cold winter, gardeners are starved for color in the garden. Spring blooming Phlox is one of the first perennials to greet us with colorful flowers. When I mention spring blooming Phlox, most people think of Phlox subulata, commonly called Creeping Phlox. But there are other fantastic Phlox that are just as effective…

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Superior watering products for your garden and lawn

Apr 16, 2020

Good watering practices are essential for growing lush healthy gardens and containers. If you don’t have the right equipment, it can be a nightmare! Dramm is a leading manufacturer of premier quality watering tools including hoses, water wands, sprinklers, hose nozzles and accessories. Dramm has long been my choice for superior watering devices. I especially…

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Effective Deer Repellent

Apr 14, 2020

Protect your plants from devastating damage from deer, rabbit and other chewing critters this spring with Plantskydd, an organic repellent that also fertilizes (it contains nitrogen). This #1 rated repellent lasts up to 3 – 4 months during the growing season (note: new growth must be sprayed to maintain effectiveness). Check out this brochure for…

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Fertilizing Acid-Loving Shrubs

Apr 12, 2020

Now is the time to boost the floral and fruit production from your rhododendron, azalea, holly, blueberries, blue-flowering Hydrangea, dogwood and other acid loving plants with an application of organic, slow-release Holly-tone. Espoma offers many other outstanding organic fertilizers for non-acidic plants such as roses, perennials, trees, tomatoes and other flowering shrubs. I love their…

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Apr 9, 2020

There is a tried and true saying in the gardening world: Don’t put a $5 plant in a $1 hole; put a $1 plant in a $5 hole. Actually, this sentence doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is you will save a lot more money on plant purchases over a much greater period if…

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