Glory's Garden

All the world's a garden, you know, and we are mere flowers within it. Come, I'll show you!

Don't get any funny ideas!

©2018 Glory Lennon All Rights Reserved

My Peeps!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Daylily Season

Since I missed almost all of the common daylilies in bloom while I was away, I'm certainly glad I didn't miss this.
This is the height of daylily season, so lookie here!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013


No gardener should be without an herb garden. No gardener should be without a cat. With these two provisos one can also state no garden is complete without a bit of Catnip. Catnip (Nepeta Cataria ) is a rather pretty  plant growing in bushy mounds around two feet  high with serrated, oblong, slightly fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves of a  grayish green hue. They produce long spiky flowers in violet and white which attract bees by the hive-full.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Flower gardens, grow something beautiful

The flower garden can make or break the landscape. That is to say, if you have flower gardens within your landscape, they make the yard fantastic. If not, it’s broken. And what do we do when things are broken? We fix them, of course. So, grab yourself a couple of those easy flower garden designs readily available wherever you can find a flower plant and get to it. Let’s fix up that yard and  plant a few flower beds.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tomato plant query

I received a query recently about tomato plants and I thought I’d answer it here.

Does a tomato plant die after one year or will it continue to grow next year?

Good question!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Botanical water garden trick

Water gardens in Botanical gardens are a treat to behold, but did you ever wonder why they always look so nice? I found out the trick they use at Longwood Botanical the last time I was there.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence day is on the 4th of July

Independence day is on the 4th of July, but the 4th of July isn't Independence day for many people.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Desert plants

I thought I'd show you the desert plants I found while hiking around Bryce National park in Utah.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tour of Penn State Botanical Garden

Since my garden has gone to weeds--tell you about that when I have the time-- I thought I'd take you for a mini tour of Penn State Botanical garden.

Crushed sunset... that is the name this color inspires in me. What would you call it?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Travelog: Go west ye wee gardener

Travelog star date: 6.28.2013...okay, so, I've been watching too much Star Trek... but anyway, this travel update is about Utah where we--Tommy and I-- are right this minute.

Go west ye wee gardener! Someone said and so we did...must have been Uncle Mac...sounds like him anyway.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wet tour of the garden

It seemed to rain for an entire two weeks, so this is to be a wet tour of the garden.

The rain was so bad it knocked own my Karl Marx Peonies, the ones I got so many years back from my mother's garden. What possessed me to remove and not replace the support I usually have around this plant is beyond me. have to remember to put it back.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Easy to grow annuals

In all honesty I dislike the term easy-to-grow annuals. It’s redundant, you see. Almost all annuals are easy to grow. At least they are if you know the tricks. In general the seeds need only to make contact with moist, regular garden soil, some sun and poof! They grow into nice  plants with copious amounts of blossoms in virtually every color imaginable, all sizes and shapes. A little feeding during the season, some deadheading and they’ll reward you endlessly.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Never enough Hosta

Have I told you I have a lot of Hosta in my gardens? All sorts too, but you know, you can never have enough Hosta. It's one thing to have loads of one single cultivar, but I have at least ten or so varieties, most, if not all, unnamed. Not that it's important, but some people are real sticklers for cultivar names. I am not one of those people.

My first hosta was from my mother's house back on Long Island just before she sold her house and moved her living to the Dominican with my father. It was my job to salvage as many of her plants as I could, and her bright green Hosta with the white stripes was the best of the bunch, with the Peony Karl Marx being the second. Still have both and both are thriving wonderfully.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)

Calendula officinalis is also known as the Pot Marigold for its culinary uses. It is a self-sowing annual with flowers in bright, sunshine yellows, light to bright oranges and soft apricot and cream colors. This frost-hardy, sweet, little plant, 1 -2 feet tall at best, has sticky, distinctly scented, long leaves with rounded tips. It has a tendency towards legginess and falls over to sprawl on the ground. This habit makes it good for the hanging basket and as edging plants to soften harsh

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Big Gardening Mistake

My pal Alexandra Heep, who I started on her way to gardening success just by sending her a dozen or so packs of seeds, was just recently lamenting her big gardening mistakes. To that I say, "BAH! you don't know big until you see my gardening mistakes!"

Case in point: My French Pussy willow. Talk about big mistakes!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bachelor buttons: All time favorite annual

I found this ancient Helium article on one of my all time favorite annuals, the pretty as you please Bachelor Buttons, and thought I may as well post it here for you.

Bachelor Buttons or Centaurea Cyanus as they are known botanically  is an annual. It grows in all zones self-sowing to its heart’s content. Some call it the cornflower because of its tendency of frequently popping up in and around the borders of corn fields. In some areas they have become a wild flower and make a nice addition to any meadow with its traditional blue flowers.

 The more common seed mixes on the market contain flowers in pink, burgundy, white and rose colored flowers as well as the blue. If allowed to hybridize on their own the blue will not produce a true seed . That is to say the blue color might be supplanted by the other colors if the bees pollinate all of them together. If you wish to collect your own seed and to have a ready supply of seeds that produce the distinct and coveted blue cornflower try to keep them away from Bachelor Buttons of other colors. Plant them in opposite ends of the yard might help. Perhaps the bees will cooperate. If you end up with all colors but blue you’ll have to try again and buy the only blue varieties.

Bachelor Buttons got their name when they were frequently used as  boutonnieres. These pretty plants grow from 1 to 2 ½ foot tall. It branches nicely if given enough room. It has narrow 2-3 inch long, green, gray-tinged leaves. Flowers are 1 -1 ½ inches across . They generally have no fragrance but the butterflies like to settle themselves down on them and the bees are always buzzing happily around  for the nectar.

The Bachelor Button likes any average garden soil and is quite drought tolerant. They like a less acidic soil so add a bit of lime where you want to plant these unless you know your soil’s pH level. They make a great addition to a cut flower arrangement lasting relatively long. As with all annuals, snipping off flowers at intervals will prevent the plant from going to seed too quickly and will promote more flowering. Caring for the Bachelor Button couldn’t be easier. Feed with a mild fertilizer or your own homemade compost tea as you would your other annuals and perennials.

One of the more popular and widely available Bachelor Button in garden centers and nurseries is “Jubilee Gem” with deep blue flowers. It comes in a bushy plant about a foot high. The very popular “Polka Dot” strain comes in all the usual cornflower colors. These are sold mostly in seed form.

One plant which technically isn’t a Bachelor Button though it is often mistakenly called such is Centaurea Montana. This one  I highly recommend for the superior flower size and color and that you don’t have to replant it every year makes it that much more welcome. This one is actually a perennial which needs to be divided ever two years to keep it happy. You can easily find this on sale in most good quality garden centers, Home Depot or Lowes. The bushy plant grows 1 ½- 2  feet tall and wide. It has seven inch long grayish-green leaves and the flowers are a whooping 3 inches across. They even look as pretty when they are all gone to seed as they do freshly opened.

The seeds of the Bachelor Buttons should be sown in early spring but those seeds that were left behind in the garden over winter will readily sprout all on their own. In mild winter areas a late summer or fall sowing is fine. I’m certain you can find a nice place to put this curious, unassuming  little plant. It has long been a childhood favorite for meadow bouquets picked especially for Moms all over the country. Here’s hoping you can pick your own by the next growing season.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Clematis: Queen of all vines

My clematis vines are starting to bloom and it reminded me of this oldie helium article. Only a matter of time before this one is nixed too. First person, you know!

I  introduced a friend to my newest acquisition.“This is the Comtesse de Bouchaud. Isn’t she lovely?” I said dreamily. We stared up at her. She is a whopping ten feet tall with large, clear pink blossoms. My queen Clematis.

“Beautiful!” my friend agreed eagerly. “How do you propagate that? I’d love a piece of it.”

I gasped and  simultaneously slapped my hand over her offending mouth while  swiftly dragging her far, far away from the Comtesse.

“Are you insane?” I hissed angrily. “Have you no idea how sensitive the Comtesse is? She’s a Clematis, for cripe’s sake!”

She stared at me aghast. “It’s just a plant.” she replied.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Morning Glories

Let's talk Morning Glories for no other reason than because we can. Okay, perhaps there is another reason, but I'll get to that in a minute.

I post this at the risk of sending shivers up Alexandra Heeps' spine. She told us once in a guest post about her fear of this normally innocuous flowering vine, but as this now-deleted helium article-- it was written in first person, you see. Eek!-- has to be of use to someone, I'll put it here.

The Morning Glory gets its name because it blooms in the early morning and the flowers close up and fade by the time the sun is high in the sky. Botanically known as Ipomoea, Morning Glory encompasses many decorative vines and even the sweet potato. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spring's going too fast!

Seems like just the other day spring sprung and now it's like summer already.

The heat has been crazy, but also mixed in with those crazy hot days are nights near frosty with frost. Really, dude? You just can't give up the frost, Jack?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

We have a winner for the Great Seed Giveaway Contest!

I never did one of these Great seed give-aways before so you'll have to forgive me for not setting up a set length of time before picking a winner. Let's just say, we've reached that time. We have a winner...actually several of them.
Who won the seeds?
Remember when I said we'd have a Grand prize winner--one who picks all the seeds he/she wants-- a first prize winner--who get to pick four seeds-- and a second prize winner--who get any two seeds of their choosing. Well, I've decided on a third too. What the hay! But there is one thing....

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oddity about Maple trees

There I was, waiting for Justin's bus, just looking up into this maple tree all nicely leafed out and bright shiny with new spring growth--the best kind of growth, mind you-- when I noticed an oddity about the maple tree.

 For whatever reason, it didn't have seeds this year....not a one!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The great discovery!

There I was minding my own business when I made a great discovery! Actually not really. Oh, I did make a great discovery, but I was NOT minding my own business. I was, in fact snooping around this new site on the Algore-net called Listia where you post things you no longer want and auction them off. No, you don't get cash. You get points instead which you can use to bid on stuff you do want.

The great discovery!
What did I want to get with my points? Well, I got a few books and--no surprise here-- seeds! And that's where I found my discovery.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hoya a-blooming

My hoya is a-blooming. Wanna see? Well, of course you do.

What's that you say? You don't know what a hoya is? Not surprising if you don't live in the tropics. Here, I'll show you.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Spring Garden tour

Let's go with a garden tour for this nearly wordless Wednesday, shall we?

I think I've already shown you my saucer Magnolias--or it may have been to my facebook pals. Not gonna tell you again to join me there, so fagedabudit!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Odd and Unusual

If you wish to see the odd and unusual --I'm speaking of the plants, of course-- you really ought to try going to a botanical garden, especially one with a year-round greenhouse or conservatory.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jack, don't you come back no mo'

That cad, that scoundrel, that evil menace Jack Frost decided to pay us a visit and all I can say is, Hit the road, Jack, and don't you come back no mo', no mo', no mo', no mo'
Frost on the Black-eyed Susans? Heck no!

This was two days before our frost free date! Doesn't he know this??? Apparently not.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Speaking of Sprouting seeds...

Were we speaking of sprouting seeds? Someone must have been...don't quite recall who, but it'll come to me.*

The first new sprouts of the season! Woo-hoo!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Another mystery plant---several of them!

By gosh, by golly, I have another mystery plant to tell you about and here t'is.

What's that you say? Will I ever learn? Oh, I profoundly doubt it!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Whispering Beech Tree

Ordinarily, my beech tree does not go around whispering.
Whispering beech tree? Surely, you jest!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Great Seed Give-away

Recall if you will when I complained about having too many seeds. Well, as it turns out, I was right! No, not about having too many. There is no such things as too many seeds...which explains the great seed give-away.

What is the Great Seed Give-Away? Glad you asked!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Too many seeds

Hundreds and hundreds of potential plants

Don't suppose you ever thought you'd hear me say that I have too many seeds, but ho-and-behold I do indeed have way too many seeds. Don't believe me? Come, let me show you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Tulips at Longwood Gardens

Come spring time you will find tons of tulips at Longwood Botanical Gardens. Don't believe me?
Ye of little faith! Then I'll have to show you, shant I?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Identifying mystery seeds

This is a lesson in identifying mystery seeds. More accurately, it a lesson in how NOT to have to go through the frustrating process of identifying mystery seeds.
I know these...I think?
How about taking a minute and labeling them, you dummy! Oh, yeah, that would make things easier.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Impressed by Geraniums

Impressed by geraniums, I am

Recall if you will, the geramium (a fake one, that is) I pilfered, stole, took, borrowed snipped from an obliging and abandoned planter outside of Justin's day work program in town. Hey, Jack Frost was coming and someone had to save them!

Anyway, I have told you how well it was growing all winter even blooming sparsely but steadily right through the coldest and most un-sunniest days. How it did this is anyone's guess.

Well, as soon as some real sun came through the window in which it still sits, it's now blooming like crazy! I'm telling you, I am so impressed by this plant. I almost...ALMOST... snipped a piece of another geranium I recently saw, but as this one was at a store, I felt it was really stealing so I refrained...just barely, but I did.

I will get an almost full spectrum of colors of these lovely plants to over-winter this, violet, white, peach and a bi-color or two...if it's the last thing I do...even if it means paying for foreign a concept that is for me!

You know me...the challenge of getting a snippet of a plant to root and grow is more than half the fun!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

X is for Xanthein

X is for Xanthein.

No, you are not going nuts nor did you miss all my posts for April's A-Z Blogging Challenge. I didn't enter it this year...just didn't have the time for it. I did, however, make two posts for X last year when I did do the 2012 A-Z. This post has just been hanging around waiting most patiently for this day to show its fuzzy, yellow head.

It has been bugging the heck out of me that I had this one post for an entire year scheduled to post today. Yes, for a whole year it has been staring me in the face and quite frankly, I'm sick to death of it and will be so glad to see it gone!

So, without further ado about nothing much... X is for Xanthein, something I didn't even know what it was until I went to the dictionary for an idea for an X word.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Daffodils everywhere!

Did I mention I have a whole bunch of daffodils? Well, then I'll say it. Daffodils are everywhere!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring is sprung!

Spring is sprung....finally! It's been a long, hard winter and it never seemed to end!

But at long last...crocus sightings are everywhere!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How I got my figure back after pregnancy without even trying

Tyler with Mommy
I’ve been there and done that. I was a sexy little thing until pregnancy expanded me beyond the perimeters of reality, but I got my body back. How? Well, it was so easy I didn’t even know I was doing it. And you can do it, too.

I stood peering in utter amazement at the child I had only just given birth to. It was my second baby so I should have been used to this process or so you would think. The thing was the twins that had been born at exactly the same time didn’t add up to my son’s 11 pounds 9 ounces. I’ll repeat that. Eleven pounds, nine ounces, one baby. Yes, even I wondered how I did it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I've been busy crocheting

I've been busy. No, unfortunately not with garden stuff, with crocheting. Want to see what I've been doing anyway? Of course you do!

I've been putting together squares which some of my crocheting buddies have donated to give away for those suffering a tragic event. This was the third comfort afghan I put together.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Glory's top ten Movie picks

Prepare to laugh. I will be giving you Glory's top ten movie picks. Why would I do such a thing? Because Alexandra Heep told me to.

And why would I listen to her? Well, better than listening to the voices in my head. They keep hounding me to write their stories and really, I just don't have time to do them all at once. And yet I have time for this list...well, I never said I actually made sense, now did I?

Monday, March 11, 2013

A new baby changes everything

Before you get any ideas, no, I do not have a new baby! Helium deleted my first article on how a new baby changes a relationship. No, let's rephrase that. They deleted an article for the first time. It was not the first article I ever wrote for Helium, however. It was deleted because they now have decided it was off topic. Took them seven years to realized that??? Yes, it did, but I contend it was their own fault. They should have made it more clear to new writers what they expected of each title. But that is neither here nor there. The point is I have this article and I may as well use it here.

Here's a warning for you: If you don't want to learn more about me than you think you ought to, then don't read on. It's far more personal than I usually get. What was I thinking???

Monday, March 4, 2013

Crocheting for Charity

Crocheting for charity is not a new thing. There are all sorts of wonderful organizations which do this. I found one on Facebook recently run by my friend Marie Anne St. Jean of Crooked Yarn fame. I thought I'd tell you about it, just in case you'd like to do some crocheting for charity, as well--or you could let the crocheters in your life know about it if you don't knit or crochet.

 Hands, Hearts, and Hugs - Crocheting for a Cause provides comfort afghans--comfort-ghans we call them-- to little kids and adults who have experienced trauma of some sort. It's a way to show them that someone out there cares.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Refusing to let go

You know how there are some people who refuse to let things go? I speak of things like Christmas. That would be me.

There are those that refuse to take the Christmas lights down until....well, until they feel like it. That wouldn't be me. No, not talking about that. My Christmas stuff came down soon enough, a week or so after New Years. I suppose that could be laziness and/or procrastination for some people, not taking the outside lights down until June or something.

For me it's Poinsettias, I refuse to let go of. I refuse to do as everyone else does and just toss them out with the dried up, needle-shedding Douglas Fir.

No, I re-potted mine and here they are looking almost as Christmasy as they did the day we bought them.

Am I nuts? Possibly. Am I crazy? What do I care. I have a few more house plants. A Christmas gift to last all through the year.... I like that just fine. I may even possibly get these plants to re-flower next winter. We'll see.

Yep, I just refuse to let go of some things and good for me.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

From one comes many

The best thing about plants is from one comes many. That is to say, I can make many plants by selective vegetative propagation. Take this Coleus for instance...I mean, take a few clippings, not the whole thing.

Maybe just a piece or two here and there. Snip them off and set in soil or water and allow them to take root and you have a new plant. Don't believe me?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Orchids in Bloom

Orchids in bloom is not to be confused with Violet's in Bloom. It's just a way to kick me out of the winter doldrums. I'll let you know if it works.