Flowery blurbs #14.

Over the past few weeks (months?), I’ve read so many fascinating plant-related articles and posts on the ‘net, I thought I’d collect a few together to share!  Hope you enjoy these Flowery Blurbs!

  • Have you ever thought about growing rhubarb not just for food, but as an ornamental?  Here’s why you should and how to do it!
  • Problems with ants? (Ugh, don’t we all!).  This is an old solution that seems to actually work.
  • Want to make your own potting soil mixesHere are some great recipes!
  • Do you still have a surplus of radishes in your garden?  Why not pickle them?
  • The elders are still blooming here in Calgary so we can still make this recipe for sweet elderflower sugar.   Or maybe elderflower cordial, instead!
  • It’s seed-saving time!  Here’s the proper way to extract, clean, and dry tomato seeds!
  • Bugged by mosquitoes?  (Aren’t they the national insect of Canada?  Okay, perhaps it just seems that way!).  😉  Maybe these plants can help ward them off.
  • Here’s a great post with tips to fend off pesky deer – there are detailed plant lists as well!

  • If you’re interested in growing basil from cuttings, here’s how!  I’m definitely going to try this out!
  • I saw this pest in action this year:  watch out for the columbine sawflyHere’s some information about this highly destructive critter.

  • If you have mint, you have eco-friendly carpet freshener.
  • Here’s a great summary of some wonderful edible flowers you might be growing in your garden!

Please share any other interesting gardening articles, tips and suggestions you’ve read about lately! 🙂 


  1. Love it! What a wonderful post! I will take a look at these and can get to know new blogs. A really lovely idea – and thanks for the link! 😀

  2. Thanks for the link to my post at Not Dabbling in Normal on making Rhubarb Fizz. I just made another batch and it is fantastic! What a great list you have hear. I will come back and work my way through it. Sincerely, Emily

    • You’re welcome! Your Rhubarb Fizz recipe sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious – I happen to have some rhubarb in the fridge right now and I’m thinking that would be a lovely way to use it! 🙂

    • It’s well-written and gives some great info! I’ve never thought of edible rhubarb as a “decorative” plant, but I’m slowly coming around!

  3. Thank you for researching and sharing this great gardening info. I have always had a rhubarb in my garden because it is a great corner filler. I never cook it myself but i do bring it into work. I am going to try using borax and sugar to get rid of the ants in my garden.

    • I’m so glad you can use this information! I agree, rhubarb is a great filler plant. And I hope the Borax-sugar solution works for your ants; it’s supposed to be very effective.

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