There's an old rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) bush in my yard down in North Florida. It doesn't seem bothered by frequent hard freezes and produces its largest flushes of flowers at this time of year. Click to download a large version (800x600) because rosemary looks as good on your desktop as it does in the garden.
Unlike many of its relative species, Japanese (Lonicera japonica) and Chinese (Lonicera maackii) honeysuckles, the winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima ) is not an aggressive grower. This shrubby species is well-behaved, non-invasive, fragrant and is blooming now in Steve's North Florida garden. There are hedges of it in my condo complex up in Northern Kentucky but it's not likely to bloom here until around early March. Until then, download a large version (800x600) to enjoy on your desktop.
These pretty little yellow flowers are the earliest flowering garden plants around here in Northern Kentucky. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) will be appearing soon, beating to bloom that other early-flowering species, the common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). Download a large version of the winter aconite for a closer look at these little lovelies.
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Travels in Africa
Bruce Bohm did a series of articles for us on the incredible plants that he and his wife Lesley, a botanical illustrator, encountered on a trip to South Africa. Click here for Desert Life to see some of the amazing plants of the Namib Desert. Click here for a menu of his other Africa articles and click here for the menu of his Hawaii articles.
Cabbage is one of the easiest vegetables to grow - and one of the healthiest to eat. Sauerkraut is just naturally fermented cabbage and is a "living food" (contains live microbiological cultures like yogurt). It is also very easy to make at home so read this article and eat healthy in 2015!
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Garden selections of this common "weed" are easy to grow from seed. Plant purslane in containers, borders and rock gardens where it will quickly form low growing mats of brilliantly colored blossoms while thriving under hot, sunny, dry conditions. Growing annuals from seed is an enjoyable and inexpensive way to fill your yard with color. The following are a few of my favorites:.
Big fat seeds, fast growth rate and lots of colorful flowers are a few reasons why the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of the best starter plants for budding young gardeners. As a bonus both the flowers and foliage are edible!
butter daisy (Melampodium divaricatum)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
cockscomb/feathered amaranth (Celosia spicata)
impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
marigold (Tagetes spp)
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundiflora)
Mexican zinnia (Zinnia haageana)
moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Fine feathery foliage, fabulous flowers all season long, fast growth rate, drought tolerance and adaptability to poor soils are just a few reasons to grow cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus). And the butterflies like them too!
The common zinnia (Zinnia elegans) comes in scores of sizes, flower styles and colors. They're all fast-growing, produce flowers throughout the season and drought resistant.