Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Why, there's room for a water bottle (gotta keep hydrated, right?), pruners, gloves, you name it. There's even a clip on the back which just might come in handy. The front has 5 pockets and the back has another 4 pockets plus 2 pen/pencil/marker pockets.
It easily adjusts to fit most any size gardener and is well made. And the best part of all is that it's unisex!
So what do you have to do to win this beauty? It's simple. Here are the rules (and I promise there is no legal gobbledygook involved!). There are 3 ways to enter:
1) If you "like" my Facebook page*, you earn a chance to win the apron.
2) If you become a member of my blog**, you earn another chance to win it.
3) If you refer someone who likes my Facebook page and/or becomes a member of my blog, you get another chance to win the gardening apron AND that person also earns chances to win it.
One more thing to do: Just to make sure your Facebook "like" or blog membership or referral doesn't get unnoticed by me, please drop me a quick note (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating that you have done steps 1, 2 and/or 3 above so I can make sure your name goes in the hat as many times as you're eligible for. Sorry this isn't more streamlined but I'm doing the best I can with the tools at my disposal!
In your email to me, please give your name, the name you used to like my Facebook page or became a blog member under, or the name of the person you referred. That's all there is to it.
*How do you 'like' my Facebook page?
- When you visit facebook.com/susansinthegarden, you'll see a "Like" button on the photo near the top of the page, just click "Like" and you've done it! (and thank you!)
**How do you become a member of my blog?
- Well, you've already found my blog so you're halfway there. Look in the righthand column where it says "Members." Click on the "Join This Site" button. It will ask you to log in using a Google (gmail) or Yahoo account. The next window allows you to type in the name that will be seen under the list of members. If you don't want your name there, just type in a nickname like "Weed-eater" or something. Finally, click on "follow this blog" and you're done.
The contest begins Sept. 18th at 12:01 a.m., and ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 11th. At that point, the winner will be drawn randomly by an impartial individual. I'll contact you via email so I know where to ship the apron. The winner will be announced on Oct. 13th.
You have my solemn promise that your information will be kept private and will NOT be shared with any other individuals or companies. Thank you for entering and GOOD LUCK!
Posted by Susan Mulvihill at 7:33 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
|Amaranth 'Joseph's Coat'|
Here's a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Blend of gardening, quilting. This one is all about an upcoming event that I think you'll enjoy. It's called "Art in Bloom: Flowers, Fabric and Friends" and it's a fundraiser for the beautiful Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens on Spokane's lower South Hill.
The event, held on Sat. Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is a unique pairing of quilts made by local artists and custom-designed floral arrangements created by local florists. It only costs $2.50 to attend the event. There will also be a floral arranging class that will be held at 10 a.m.;it costs $10.
Art in Bloom will take place at Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th Ave., Spokane. If you're interested in attending the floral arranging class, please pre-register by calling (509) 625-6677.
If you aren't familiar with the heritage gardens, please read my column because it's truly a unique and special place that Spokane should be very proud of.
A quick note about the jazzy flower pictured above: there are a lot of these Amaranths growing in the gardens right now because they would have been grown there in the late 1800s and early 1900s. So they are historically appropriate. Pretty cool, huh?
Hope to see you there!
Posted by Susan Mulvihill at 8:59 AM
Friday, September 12, 2014
|American Cranberry Bush|
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and several of its family members are still blooming their hearts out. I've done a minimal amount of deadheading, yet they still look super. They love lots of sunshine and fairly regular watering. Most plants grow about 2 feet high although can reach 3 feet if they're particularly happy. Some are hardy down to zone 3, which is impressive, but many will survive zone 5 and 6 winters.
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'|
Fall-blooming Asters are quite delightful, too. They bloom reliably when just about everything else has shut down for the season. 'Monch' (A. frikartii) is a popular variety that has lavender blooms and grows great in full sun to part shade. The plants are usually 2 to 3 feet tall and hardy to zone 5.
Even though our American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum trilobum) isn't blooming right now, it certainly earns its keep due to all of the vibrant, red berries. (see photo at top of post) Earlier in the season, the bushes had beautiful white lace-cap style blossoms. The berries will persist into winter at which time they'll be consumed by appreciative overwintering birds. Viburnums tend to be very hardy, with this species being particularly tough -- all the way down to zone 2. Wow. They grow in full sun to part shade and appreciate regular watering.
I suppose it's a no-brainer to include Burning Bush (Euonymous alatus) but I do love its crimson-red foliage this time of year. There are dwarf varieties such as 'Compacta' available in case you don't have much room, although even those can grow up to 9 feet tall. They're hardy down to zone 4 and will grow in full sun to part shade.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
As we strolled down different streets and between buildings, it was a pleasant surprise to see just how many green spaces there are for the public to enjoy.
Here's a sampling of some of the photos I took. Be sure to click on them to see more details.
|I really like this hoop support system on this bed. Very sturdy!|
|Check out this huge vertical garden|
|Love the colorful trellises!|
|U.S. Botanical Garden Conservatory|
|Nice sitting spot in a green space.|
Monday, September 8, 2014
The last public garden we visited in Pennsylvania was Chanticleer Garden, which is located about 30 minutes northwest of Philadelphia. It far exceeded my expectations! The garden is on 47 acres but only 35 acres are open to the public. They have a one-mile walkway around and through the garden that was pretty easy to navigate.
I just loved all of the beautiful sights along the way... the Asian woods, teacup garden, vegetable garden, ruin garden, tennis court garden and so on. Everywhere you look, there is something surprising and delightful to see.
I've divided up the photos from Chanticleer in two parts; refer to part two below for the next batch. Remember that you can click on any photo to view a larger image.
To learn more about Chanticleer, visit their website.
Posted by Susan Mulvihill at 5:55 PM
Sunday, September 7, 2014
|Look at these gorgeous Victoria lily pads at Longwood Gardens! Wow.|
Review (see post below), I also wrote a travel article about our trip to Pennsylvania. Here's a link to it: A gardener's vacation. Hope you'll enjoy the photos that accompany it as well.
It was such a great trip! I'd love to go back there again someday because I know we didn't see it all. I hope you'll have the opportunity to explore that beautiful state at some point.
Posted by Susan Mulvihill at 6:15 AM
|Joe uses cattle panels to support his tomato plants.|
Each year, he grows a lot of tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs so he and his wife, Donna, can bottle up 100+ jars of salsa as well as over 100 jars of marinara sauce. Wow.
He used to grow a huge garden with all sorts of different vegetable crops, but soon found that he got the most bang for his buck by growing the ingredients for his own salsa. I thought folks would be interested to hear which varieties of tomatoes, peppers and onions he grows and what he does to get the largest yields possible.
I was hoping to have a photo of Joe working in his garden to share with you but he's quite camera-shy so you just get to see his beautiful garden instead.
Here's a link to my column: Salsa fan plants specialty garden. Enjoy!
Posted by Susan Mulvihill at 6:13 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2014
|These blackberries have been frozen individually.|
While I enjoy making jams and jellies, it's nice to freeze some of the berries for those winter fruit cobblers and crisps, too.
Freezing blueberries is a piece of cake: you just pick them, wash them lightly, pop them into freezer bags and put them into the freezer. I think that's because they're a sturdier and drier berry.
But the other berries are juicier and more delicate so they require a different approach for freezing. If you just threw a bunch of strawberries, raspberries or blackberries into a freezer bag, they would freezer together into a big blob.
So here's the very best way to freeze them:
1. Wash the berries and let them dry briefly on paper towels.
2. Gently place them, in a single layer, onto a cookie sheet with sides (i.e., jelly roll pan).
3. Place the sheet in the freezer for a few hours.
4. Once the berries have frozen solid, loosen them from the cookie sheet. You'll notice they've frozen individually, which is exactly what you want.
5. Now you can place them into freeze bags and back into the freezer for future use.
The reason I love this method is because you can easily grab a handful of individual berries for, say, a smoothie or to thaw out as an ice cream topping. You don't have to try to bang off a few berries from "the blob," and you don't have to use all of the berries at once. Slick, huh?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
This is the next installment of my tales of visiting wonderful gardens in Pennsylvania last month. After heading east from Pittsburgh, where I attended the Garden Writers Association's symposium, we visited Hershey Gardens which I wrote about on Aug. 22.
From there, we continued east toward Philadelphia where one of the most fabulous public gardens is. I've known about Longwood Gardens for several years now and hoped I'd have the opportunity to visit there someday. It's long been considered a mecca for anyone who loves gardening.
|Check out this huge tomato support!|