By joenesgarden, 3 years and 8 months ago

A hosta habitat, but so much more

O'Brien hosta closeup As anticipated, the visit to O'Brien Nurseryman in Granby, CT was wonderful, awe inspiring, informative, fun, and a feast for the eyes.  In addition to multiple – 1600 to 2000 varieties of hosta – you find hundreds of daylilies, conifers, maples, and multiple other shade-loving plants. Just browse the mind-boggling list at www.obrienhosta.com for an idea of their extensive plant list.

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By joenesgarden, 3 years and 8 months ago

Nasturtium chronicles

I plant nasturtiums for their lovely edible leaves.  No, I plant them for their beautiful blossoms. No, wait, I plant them to attract aphids … because they are easy to grow … because they offer a choice of plain or variegated leaves  and multiple flower colors – not my favorite purples and blues – but many other crisp warm colors. No,  I plant them because they grow equally well in garden soil and containers.

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By joenesgarden, 3 years and 8 months ago

Little Black Bugs

A little amateur sleuthing … stress on amateur … leads me to think the little black ladybug-type insects crawling on my moonflower (ipomea Alba) vines are Heteroptera Pentatomoidea Thyreocoridae. How's that for a mouthful?

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