Friday, January 29, 2010

Fragrant flowers

Here are some long lasting fragrant flowers you may like to consider in you garden:
peonies, lilacs, koreanspice viburnum, hyacinths, daffodils, lavender, catmint, mock orange, roses, butterfly bushes, nicotiana, sweet peas and lilies. If you are making a scented garden you could also add carnations, scented geraniums, and sweet william.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Don't forget to feed your birds. Most birds like sunflower seeds. Cardinals and woodpeckers particularly like safflower seeds. Nyjer seed attracts small finches. As this seed is very small you need a special feeder for this. Corn can be used to attract doves, blue jays, bluebirds and sparrows. In the winter, suet is good for energy in insect-eating birds. Robins, thrushes, orioles, and bluebirds also like fruit. Apples, grapes and oranges are good choices.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Asian beetles

I was reading something about asian beetles(you know those little beetles that get in your house that kind of look like lady bugs) that says a compound made of catnip oil appears to repel them. I wonder if you put sprigs of catnip or catnip oil on a cotton ball on your window sill where they find their way in, if it would help to repel them. Peppermint oil on cotton balls repels mice so maybe it would help. I'll try to remember to try this next fall and let you know how it goes.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Deer resistant plants

As you are poring over your new seed and plant catalogs here are a few deer resistant plants to consider: perennials--aurinia saxatillis(basket of gold), bleeding hearts, lambs ear, lily of the valley, russian sage, beautybush, daphnes, amelanchier, and spireas. Annuals to consider are globe amaranth, lantanas, snapdragons, and cleome.