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Cosmos

Cosmos

By: Meriel Bradley Cosmos are annual flowers with bright daisy-like flowers on long, slender stems. They bloom all summer and attract birds, bees, and butterflies to the garden. You can grow them from seed by direct sowing after the last frost. They will also...

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

By: Meriel Bradley Developed in North Dakota, this is a hardy cultivar of Japanese White Birch. Growing in a graceful slender column to 25 ft. tall by only 10 ft. wide this tree is a lovely choice for a small garden. In March or April, the tree is covered with long...

Lemon Coral Sedum

Lemon Coral Sedum

By: Meriel Bradley Lemon Coral Sedum is a very easy plant to grow, and believe it or not it keeps its colour through the winter, and although it looks spiky it's actually quite soft to the touch. It's supposed to be an annual in my zone 5 garden, but it seems to...

Seven-Son Flower

Seven-Son Flower

Zone 6Height 15 feetLight: sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley Seven-Son Flower is a beautiful and unusual tree or large shrub. It is unique as it flowers in late summer with clusters of very fragrant creamy-white flowers at the ends of the branches from late summer...

Chives

Chives

By: Meriel Bradley Chives are a perennial herb in zones 3 - 9 and are part of the allium family. You can direct sow the tiny seeds in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked - loved by bees they also make for a good pollinator plant. They are a great companion...

Candy Striped Spider

Candy Striped Spider

By: Meriel Bradley This was an interesting find on the speedwell in my garden - a Candy Striped Spider. According to Wikipedia, it is: Native to Europe and has been introduced to North America a long time ago Belongs to the family Theridiidae It's not a very big...

Broccolini

Broccolini

By: Meriel Bradley Broccolini is a great addition to your vegetable garden. It will produce a small main head which when harvested early pushes the plant into producing side shoots which you can harvest on a regular basis over several weeks. I like the Artwork variety...

Dukat Dill

Dukat Dill

By: Meriel Bradley I like to direct sow my dill in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked in late spring and the soil is above 10 C. It's considered an annual that self-seeds. If you're planting for harvesting, you can sow every 3 weeks or so to stager your...

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

By: Meriel Bradley This is a very pretty sugar snap pea bred by Dr. Alan Kapular. The vines grow to about 8 feet and produce light green pods with a purple stripe down the side. The flowers are a lovely two-tone purple making it a perfect plant for ornamental kitchen...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

By: Meriel Bradley Developed in North Dakota, this is a hardy cultivar of Japanese White Birch. Growing in a graceful slender column to 25 ft. tall by only 10 ft. wide this tree is a lovely choice for a small garden. In March or April, the tree is covered with long...

Lemon Coral Sedum

By: Meriel Bradley Lemon Coral Sedum is a very easy plant to grow, and believe it or not it keeps its colour through the winter, and although it looks spiky it's actually quite soft to the touch. It's supposed to be an annual in my zone 5 garden, but it seems to...

Seven-Son Flower

Zone 6Height 15 feetLight: sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley Seven-Son Flower is a beautiful and unusual tree or large shrub. It is unique as it flowers in late summer with clusters of very fragrant creamy-white flowers at the ends of the branches from late summer...

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

By: Meriel Bradley Hummingbird moths fly and feed during the day, so if you are lucky enough to attract them into your garden you are in for a treat - they are absolutely amazing to watch. I had quite a time getting some pictures to share as they are very busy and...

Chives

By: Meriel Bradley Chives are a perennial herb in zones 3 - 9 and are part of the allium family. You can direct sow the tiny seeds in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked - loved by bees they also make for a good pollinator plant. They are a great companion...

Candy Striped Spider

By: Meriel Bradley This was an interesting find on the speedwell in my garden - a Candy Striped Spider. According to Wikipedia, it is: Native to Europe and has been introduced to North America a long time ago Belongs to the family Theridiidae It's not a very big...

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