It’s hard not to be mesmerized by James Hayes’ work. He is an Arkansas native who uses nature as inspiration for his blown glass art. We are honored to have him at Moss Mountain Farm this week for a lunch tour. Read more
Gardening can have such a positive impact on your health. Just being outside in nature is great for mental clarity. Gardening helps keep blood pressure down and is good for the heart. It’s also a great stress reliever.
Then there are the secondary health benefits from growing your own food, like saving money at the grocery store on organic produce. Read more
This warm weather has me thinking about the beach. Not the sea and sand, variety, though. I’m talking about this Bahama Beach combination from Proven Winners. This gorgeous container planting was inspired by the bold colors of a Caribbean beach.
Creating Your Bahama Beach Container
To create your own planting, combine Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia hybrid, Superbells® Lemon Slice™ Calibrachoa, and Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia. Not only will you have a beautiful, heat-tolerant combination but these plants also attract butterflies and hummin
gbirds. Who doesn’t want more of those little guys in the garden?
Here’s what I love about the flowers in this combination.
- Supertunia® Bordeaux™– They won’t get leggy or break open, and they won’t suffer from the balding effect in the middle of a planting. No deadheading is needed. As my friends at Proven Winners say, “They bury their own.” The light purple bloom with the deep purple center make it perfect for just about any combination. And what’s even better is they’re both heat and cold tolerant.
- Superbells® Lemon Slice™ Calibrachoa – This little “slice” of heaven is low maintenance, and you may have guessed, it, no deadheading needed. It’s a perfect color annual, in my opinion, with the yellow and white pinwheel pattern. They do best in containers with well-drained soil. I like to use them in window boxes and hanging containers.
- Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia – I’m not one to pick favorites, but I do love the color blue. This has to be the best heat-tolerant lobelia on the market. In my very Southern garden, I can grow this gorgeous sky blue flower. They’re so perky and bright. I like to plant extras of these to make sure the blue color shines through all summer.
I think we all love to make a great first impression. When it comes to our homes, the entryway and porch are usually the spaces guests encounter first. I use SunPatiens to create inviting spaces. After all, the porch is the first room of the house, as I see it.
Is there anything that can’t be made better with a little thyme? There are so many uses for this herb, and not just in the kitchen.
Thyme is easy to grow in the garden or a container. I recommend starting with a planting or a cutting from a friend. It should go into the ground a couple of weeks before the last frost, when the soil is around 70˚F. Thyme thrives in the sun and requires little water after the initial watering. You may want to place thyme next to rosemary since their needs are the same. Read more
Charboneau Distillery is the realization of a long-time dream. In the 1990s Regina and Doug Charboneau traveled to the islands where they had really good rum and over the years studied the product more and more. When they returned to Regina’s hometown of Natchez, MS, in the 2000s and found themselves in the middle of sugarcane country, everything “clicked.” Read more
We all love fresh, clean clothes, but we may not be crazy about using bleach. Using common household ingredients, you can have your clothes and linens crisp and bright, naturally. Read more