SPRING

SPRING

Spring is around the corner, if you do not consider it so then look at your maples either red’s or silvers the bids are ever so puffed up. A couple of warm days and the will be in bloom, Sunrise Tree copy smallwhich is enormous as the pollinators will have new source of food.

Just look at this picture and see the buds on this tree and the magnificent sunrise.

Hope all are having a nice spring!!!

Hosta “Curley Fries”

Hosta Curley Fries

The Hosta of the year for 2016 is Hosta Curley Fries.  In 2008 breeder Bob Solberg introduced this magnificent Hosta.  Its curly chartreuse leaves form a diminutive mound of about 6” high and 16’ high giving itCurley Fries copy an unmistakable appearance.  It was from a seedling of Hosta Pineapple Upsidedown Cake. The best color comes from growing it in an area that has morning sun with afternoon shade. This is the most distinctive hosta to be introduced in some time with its highly ruffled narrow leaves that emerge yellow and then fade to near white. In midsummer deep purple scapes emerge on top of the plant with lavender flowers. Continue reading

Book Review “The Allergy Fighting Garden” by Thomas Leo Ogren

The Allergy Fighting Garden Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

 

This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com .   This book was written by Thomas Leo Ogren, 2015 and edited by Lisa Regul of Ten Speed Press.

ken cherrysThomas has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science with an emphasis on plant flowering systems and their relationships to allergy. He is the creator of (OPALS) or Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.  He has been a teacher, business owner, landscaper, has been on TV. He has written many books and articles about plants and allergies. His whole career has been given to helping those with allergies. Continue reading

GROUND HOGS DAY

As told by Tree Frog:

It is only One (1) more days until Groundhogs Day, so what. Why silly people have been using a Ground Hog or whateverFrog small 2 they can find to predict the coming of spring and fresh flowers. Their guesswork is based on years of practice and refining. A tradition from the Pennsylvania German as it’s called Grundsaudaag or Murmeltiertag is celebrated on February 2.  If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. Continue reading

Spring Is Coming 65 Days

Spring Is Coming 65 Days

On this cold JanuarSpring Small (C)y day we have only 65 Days left until spring arrives, are you ready? No one knows what is store for the next 65 days and neither does the ground hog that may or not see his shadow. The trees and bulbs are getting their necessary cold so that they can bloom. Put out plenty of bird seed so they can make it through the cold winter

 

Stay warm.

 

©Ken Wilson Gardening Whisperer 2016

From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox

From Vines to Wines

The complete guide to Growing Grapes and making your own wine

By

Jeff Cox

 

From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

 

I 16 copyThis review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com .  This book was edited by Julia Rubel and Nancy Ringer. This first book was written in 1989 then rewritten in 1999. Printed by Storey Books.  It is copy written by Jeff Cox in1999.

“Jeff Cox…….

  • Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening.
  • He’s hosted two television series–Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV.
  • He’s been the restaurant reviewer for the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat since 1993.
  • He was the managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine through the decade of the 1970s.
  • He’s written a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is contributing editor of Horticulture Magazine and The Wine News.
  • He writes frequently for Decanter, an English wine magazine.
  • He’s a member of the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists.
  • He’s won many awards for his many endeavors.
  • Jeff has a degree in journalism from Lehigh University, has raised five kids, and lives with his wife Susanna in Kenwood, California. “

Written about Jeff Cox on his website Jeff Cox Publishing

 

This book is now in its 5th Edition Starts with the basics and works forward. Continue reading

END OF 2015 START OF 2016

To my many friends Lilac winter small2;

This is an ending picture of the year; it is tribute of lilacs of past spring and the consideration of next spring’s blossoms to come. I hope youall (southern term) have had a grand 2015 and will have an enormous 2016.

I hope 2016 will bring me time and energy to write more and take more incredible photos so I can share with my friends.

Once again have Happy 2016.

Full Cold Moon 2015

Moon AFull Cold Moon 2015

On the night of Christmas on a December that ends a very wet year, a Full Cold Moon will be shinning if the clouds will let it appear.  This is a full moon that happens only on occasions, the last being in 1977.  It will be at 99% both on night of Dec 24th and on 26Th. The fullest being on 25th at 6:11 am EST. just as it sets; this rare occasion will again appear in the skies in 2034. Continue reading

Rainbows

RAINBOWS

Rainbows are common but yet still are exciting to see. Rainbows are the sun passing through water crystals. When nature does not give you a full rainbow you must work with what you get.

© www.gardeningRainbow Short Smallwhisperer.com 2015