Don’t forget the simple flowers of yesteryear

Since January seed starting is a daily event around our urban potager in the city, I find myself surrounded by tiny green plants. I love growing most of my plants from seed. When you grow many of your plants from seed, it opens a vast world of choices of what you can grow in your…

Historical Pansies are a healthy addition to your spring salad!

I can’t imagine a spring salad without historic pansies gracing my plate.,,, I have been growing old-fashioned  pansies (historic pansy growing with Chard 2014) in our Urban Potager for many years. I have grown a variety of other pansies. and the colors and faces could never compete with these dainty beauties.I usually pair them with my…

Heirloom flowers will get you up close

My grandmother had these silly looking old, carved monkeys that always remained in a drawer in her bedroom. I figure they were passed down from a travel abroad that some friend or relative brought back as a gift since they looked worn. They were known as the wise monkeys. They were separate which was odd…

Historic Pansy Mix saved to take us back to days gone by…

Right now we are in one of the worst winters I have seen in a while. I am so tired of snow + cold now that it is a joy to start my spring Historic Pansy Mix ( Viola × wittrockiana) inside under lights.I know some people have had them winter over in their garden, but I have…

Heirloom Petunias that are fragrant

California Giant Petunia is a beautiful old-fashioned petunia that I have planted the past few years. The photos below are from the heirloom petunias I grew in 2012. This year the seed I planted was not the same as this one in 2012, and they were not as beautiful or fragrant! Make sure you do…