A combination of time-crunch and my exceeding talent (?) for procrastination means my inbox is perpetually stuffed to the brim with e-mails (not chocolate, unfortunately – that would be SWEET!). Although I don’t always get around to reading everything as expeditiously as I would like, over the past few months I’ve been collecting links to some excellent “flowery” blog entries and articles that I thought I would share with you now. So grab some Christmas cookies and eggnog and enjoy!
- Read all about cattails and their fascinating uses at Garden’s Eye View.
- The chalara dieback of ash trees in Europe is the focus of this article in Veg Plotting.
- Take a look at the beautiful Sekkan Sugi Japanese Cedar, showcased by RainyLeaf.
- Check out how to force spring bulbs indoors at Growing Grace Farm. These are really timely tips – you can set this up now!
- The Sproutling Writes offers a HILARIOUS quiz – take it to find out what kind of gardener you are! (I’m a “Dreamer”!).
- Do you know what tonka beans are? (I didn’t!). Read about them and find a delicious recipe to use them in at Words and Herbs.
- Garden In a City’s humorous look at the difference between a drupe and a berry is spot-on! Don’t miss this one!
- Do you think garden centres and nurseries should offer guarantees on the plants they sell? Consider the perspectives at Whole Life Gardening.
- If you are planning to plant trees in the near future, read up on Kew’s Top Tips for Tree Care.
- Are you interested in growing sprouts? Try this method for starting rye sprouts from Addicted to Veggies.
- Some interesting tests are being conducted using corncob grit and compressed air as a “sandblasting” method of weed control – read about it here.
- I love the perfect geometric patterning of the flowers of Callicarpa pilossisima (beautyberries) – this is something you don’t see very often! Take a look at this UBC Botany Photo of the Day link.