If you have fascinated about finding a gold doubloon I've got one for you, and it is a stunning gardenia variety. Like the word suggest doubloon or double this gardenia gives you dazzling color with gold and green foliage and large tantalizingly aromatic flowers.
As a child I was always fascinated with the story of Ulysses and particularly the ...Read more
This is my fourth year to be watching our American Hemerocallis Display Garden and each year the selection Wild Irish catches my eye like few other daylilies. Each year I post it on our Facebook and the hits views and likes come pouring in. It's no wonder that an internet search finds it readily available from numerous sources.
Wild Irish was ...Read more
I'll never forget that rare cold morning at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. There they were Monarchs and Queens, cousin butterflies roosting in the Retama trees waiting for the sun to warm them for flight. I had already fallen in love with the trees for their flashy display of thousands of yellow blooms but also the green bark ...Read more
If I told you that the name of the most beautiful bulb you could grow derives from Greek words meaning 'head of a horse,' try as you might you probably could not conjure up the vision of an amaryllis. The amaryllis so exquisite in spring gardens in the South is known botanically as Hippeastrum, meaning the head of a horse, or horseman.
I assure...Read more
A deutzia renaissance is how my friend Dr. Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist, with the University of Arkansas, wrote about this new love that is occurring for this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven't discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority, your landscape deserves it.
At the ...Read more
There is an inferno of color this spring coming from a coleus that has a lot going for it. The Inferno coleus is relatively new, but already it has heads turning especially when you consider that in the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Michigan State trials it was total perfection.
It was tops at Missouri Botanical Garden ...Read more
Across from my backyard, my neighbor has been turning his pool into a virtual paradise with a pergola and rock work. Now all he needs is a South Pacific Sipper! This sounds like the perfect tropical beverage to enjoy while floating across the clear blue water, but in reality, it is one of the most beautiful hibiscuses in the market.
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The past two months have been weeks of tantalizing fragrance that I am afraid not many children or families have experienced. This champion of aroma I am referring to is the banana shrub. The banana shrub is an heirloom from the 1800s and produces extremely sweet aromatic blossoms for months. It is one of the more amazing scents in the plant ...Read more
Armageddon and the 4th Timeline: A Spiritual Odyssey through Time and EternityDon Mardak
In a world faced with violence and the potential of cataclysmic annihilation, what if the only means to save mankind existed in an alternate reality?
Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, is a fast-paced mystical fantasy with three thought-provoking themes: the war...
I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna ...Read more
As you drive down our entryway to the Andrews Visitor and Education Center both sides of the drive are lined with large sweeps or drifts, if you will, of hot coral colored roses. It seems every time I look at them they are blooming which can't possibly be true.
The roses I am referring to are Coral Drift roses. If you have love Knock Out roses ...Read more
The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport is among the most beautiful in Georgia if not the country. As I was driving there the other day I noticed alligators in the swampy areas along the drive but as I got closer I noticed a different kind of snapper -- more snapdragon blossoms than I could count.
As a kid, it was zinnias and snapdragons...Read more
It's really been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars, and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants "parking lot shrub." The plant I am referring to is Mrs. Schiller's Delight, a selection of the native Walter's viburnum. At the gardens, we have viburnums from ...Read more