Compared to ubiquitous carex and calamagrostis, Anemanthele lessoniana is a less-frequently used ornamental grass (not to mention a bit of a mouthful!). But it deserves wider fame, so I thought it was time to show it some love on the blog. Commonly known as Pheasant’s Tail Grass (and once known as Stipa arundinacea), this is […]
Archives for September 2008
Aw, shucks! Heavy Petal is up for a 2008 Blotanical award for Best Design. There’s only one day left to vote – and I’d love yours! Vote now.
I recently updated my About page. It wasn’t just that it was time for an update. I’d also been feeling uncomfortable with some of the language I’d used when I first wrote it a million years ago in 2005. Here’s an excerpt from the old About: Heavy Petal’s mission is to demonstrate that gardening isn’t […]
Autumn Glow, originally uploaded by digitalART2. It’s the first day of autumn. As a gardener, I am supposed to be unhappy about this, but frankly, I love fall! I love kicking leaves on long walks. I love crisp, cold air enjoyed while bundled up in long scarves. I love the smell of falling leaves and […]
I planted these ‘Music Box’ kneehigh sunflowers from Renee’s Garden in a corner bulge garden (a planting area the City makes available where there might otherwise be concrete or a hell strip) near my home. I wanted to plant sunflowers in the garden – a hot, sunny location right across from an elementary school – […]
I’ve been looking for seating for our back patio for what feels like forever. I had a very specific idea of the clean, modern look I wanted, but it was a classic case of champagne taste on a beer budget (the Equinox sofa, at top, retails for over $2000). So when I saw this old […]
Earlier this summer, Proven Winners and Gardenimport kindly sent me a selection of new shrubs to trial. One of those was Buddleia Lo & Behold ‘Blue Chip’ – a new miniature butterfly bush. By name alone, I wasn’t totally stoked on this plant. I’ve always wanted to like buddleia (also spelled buddleja). What’s not to […]