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Herbal Teas From Plants & Medicinal Uses

Here are some Herbal Tea plant leaf concoctions you may enjoy.

1 Cup of hot water

2 teaspoons fresh leaves (1t dried)

Cover & site for 4 minutes

 

Common Plant Leaves:

Basil – soothing to sore gums – swish warm several time daily

Bee Balm – relieves cough & clears nasal congestion

Blackberry – diarrhea remedy

Chamomile – calming nerve tonic & sleep aid

Catnip – relieves stress & colic

Clover Blossoms – stimulates the liver

Dandelion – root, blood tonic

Echinacea – builds immunity system

Fennel – combats indigestion, obesity, arthritis

Fenugreek – nutritious, lowers cholesterol, relieve sinus congestion when combined with thyme

Hops – relieves nervousness & stress

Lavender – buds calming

Lemon Balm – calms stress

Lemon Grass – stalk, digestion, calming

Mint – calms digestive problems

Nettles – detoxification

Passion Flower – calms nerves & sleep aid

Peppermint – relieves indigestion, chills, fever & nausea

Raspberry leaf – diarrhea remedy, nausea, morning sickness when combines with mint

Rose Hips – boosts vitamin C, flavonoid antioxidant, reduces inflammation

Thyme – relaxing to the lungs, reduces mucus, calms coughing

Yarrow – remedies measles & chicken pox

IMPORTANT MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:

This information presents a description and history of the medicinal uses of these plants. The intention is not to provide specific medical advice. You should consult your personal physician before taking any form of medication.

 

THE MEDICINAL PLANTS

 

Achillea millefolium, Yarrow

Achilleus, the greatest hero of the Trojan War in Homer’s “Iliad”, is reported to have used yarrow to stop the flow of blood from his wounds inflicted in battle. It has been scientifically proven that this plant has substances that have blood clotting and anti-inflammatory properties. In the Middle Ages in Europe, yarrow tea was taken to stop internal bleeding. Micmac Indians drank it with warm milk to treat upper respiratory infections.

 

Alcea rosea, Hollyhock

The flowers are used in the treatment of repiratory and inflammatory ailments and the root extracts to produce marshmallow sweets.

 

Alchemilla vulgaris, Lady’s Mantle

The common English name is accounted for by the leaves resemblance to a cloak worn by English women in medieval times. A preparation of dried leave was used to control diarrhea and to stop bleeding.

 

Allium cepa, Onion

Like garlic, onions contain antibiotics and substances that lower blood sugar, serum cholesterol and blood pressure. Onion juice sweetened with sugar or honey is a traditional remedy for colds and coughs. Onions are rich in vitamins B-1, B-2 and Vitamin C.

 

Allium sativum, Garlic

It has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and as a culinary herb. In the Talmud Book of Ezra, Jews are encouraged to partake of garlic at the Friday night Shabbat meal for the following five reasons: (1) to keep the body warm; (2) to brighten the face; (3) to kill intestinal parasites; (4) to increase the volume of semen; and (5) to foster love and to do away with jealousy. Garlic is mentioned more than twenty times in the ancient Egyptian medical papyrus called the Codex Ebers dating back to ca. 1550 B.C. Pliny the Elder sited more than sixty therapeutic uses for garlic. Dioscorides, chief physician for the Roman army, prescribed garlic for intestinal parasitic disorders.

 

Garlic oil was first isolated in 1844. More than one hundred compounds have been identified as constituents of garlic oil. In the Middle Ages, it was eaten daily as a protection against the bubonic plagues that ravished the European continent. Louis Pasteur described its antibacterial properties in 1858. Tons of garlic were used in World War I in field dressings to prevent infection. Alliin and allicin are sulfur-containing compounds that are antibacterial and anti-fungal. When garlic cloves are sliced, diced, or minced, alliin converts allicin into a large number of thioallyl compounds that are effective in lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides It is effective in boosting the immune system. Garlic is a natural pesticide against mosquito larvae.

 

Allium schoenoprasum, Chives

In traditional folk medicine Chives were eaten to treat and purge intestinal parasites, enhance the immune system, stimulate digestion, and treat anemia. Garlic and scallions, along with onions, leeks, chives, and shallots, are rich in flavonols, substances in plants that have been shown to have anti tumor effects. New research from China confirms that eating vegetables from the allium group (allium is Latin for garlic) can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

 

Allium tuberosum, Garlic Chives

In Chinese herbal medicine, garlic chives have been used to treat fatigue, control excessive bleeding, and as an antidote for ingested poisons. The leaves and bulbs are applied to insect bites, cuts, and wounds, while the seeds are used to treat kidney, liver, and digestive system problems.

 

Althea officinalis, True Marshmallow

It is a native of Asia that has been naturalized in America. Marshmallow syrup from the roots is used in treating coughs and irritated throats.

 

Anchusa officinalis, Bugloss

Preparations made from roots and/or stems have been used in modern folk medicine primarily as an expectorant (to raise phlegm) or as an emollient (a salve to sooth and soften the skin).

 

Anethum graveolens ‘Fernleaf’, Dill

Dill is recorded as a medicinal plant for at least five thousand years in the writings of the Egyptians. Oil extracted from the seeds is made into potions and given to colicky babies. Adults take the preparation to relieve indigestion.

 

Angelica archangelica, Angelica

Though all parts of the plant are medicinal, preparations are made mainly from the roots. Its medicinal uses include:relief of ingestion, flatulence and colic; improvements of peripheral arterial circulation e.g. Buerger’s disease; a tonic for bronchitis

 

Anthemis nobilis a.k.a Chamaemelum nobile, Roman Chamomile

It is used for the relief of gastric distress. Peter Rabbit’s mother treated Peter with chamomile tea to alleviate the distress that followed the overindulgence of eating too much in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Roman Chamomile resembles German Chamomile. Both Chamomiles are members of the same family. They have pale green feathery leaves and have flowers that resemble daisies with an apple-like fragrance.

 

Antirrhinum majus, Snapdragon

Preparations made from leaves and flowers are used to reduce fever and inflammation. In a poultice, it be applied to the body surface to treat burns, infections and hemorrhoids.

 

Apium graveolens, Celery

Essential oils have a sedative and anticonvulsant effect, and are used in the treatment of hypertension. Seeds used to treat arthritis and urinary tract infections.

 

Aquilegia canadensis, Columbine

Preparations of this plant are used as an astringent, analgesic, and a diuretic. American Indians used crushed seeds to relieve headaches.

 

Artemisia vulgaris, Mugwort

It is a natural insect repellant of moths as well as a culinary herb used in flavoring foods such as poultry stuffing. It is alleged to have many medicinal properties from hastening and easing labor to producing sedation. Its medicinal properties are questionable.

 

Asarum europeaum, European Ginger

In the past, it was used as an emetic, but it is obsolete because of toxicity. It is similar in use to Asarum canadense which was used by American Indians in the form of a root tea to treat respiratory, cardiac and “female” ailments. Asarum canadense contains aristocholic acid, an anti-tumor compound.

 

Asclepius incarnata, Butterfly Weed

It is used primarily in the treatment of respiratory disorders. Its uses are very similar to those of Asclepias tuberosa.

 

Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root

This plant is native to North America. Omaha Indians ate the raw root to treat bronchitis and taught the pioneers to do the same. It is an expectorant; it promotes coughing that raises phlegm. It also contains cardiac glycosides and an estrogen-like substance. It is a component of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound (1875 to 1960) advertised for use in “womb trouble, sick headache, and nervous breakdowns”.

 

Asperula odorata, Sweet Woodruff

Research suggests that it may have anti-arthritic properties. Historically, it has been used to treat liver disorders. In Germany, it is an essential ingredient in May wine drunk as a “spring tonic”. The fragrance of dry leaves gives linen closets a sweet aroma that keeps moths away.

 

Baptisia australis, Blue False Indigo

American Indians used root tea as an emetic (to produce vomiting) and as a laxative. Root poultices were used to reduce inflammation, and held in the mouth against an aching tooth.

 

Baptisia tinctoria, Wild Indigo

Preparations made from the roots and leaves were used by North American Indians (Mohicans and Penobscots) in poltices to treat bruises, snake bites and superficial lacerations. Such preparations have effective antiseptic properties.

 

Borago officinalis, Borage

For centuries it was thought to be a mood elevator when ingested as a tea or as leaves steeped in wine. This may or may not be the case. There is some evidence that perparations made from seed oil have a use in soothing and relieving inflammations associated with respiratory disorders.

 

Calamintha ascendens, Mountain Balm

A preparation from this plant, calamint, stimulates sweating thereby loweing fever. It is also an expectorant and therefore a cough and cold remedy.

 

Calendula officinalis, Pot Marigold

Traditionally the flowers were used to impart a yellow color to cheese. Anti-inflammatory and antibiotic (bacteria, fungi and viruses) properties are responsible for the antiseptic healing effect when preparations of this plant are applied to skin wounds and burns. It can be used in the treatment of ringworm, cradle cap and athlete’s foot.

 

Catharanthus rosea a.k.a. Vinca rosea Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar Periwinkle contains seventy alkaloids and four are medicinal. It is the source of the chemotherapeutic agents: Vincristine, Vinblastine, Vindesine, and Vinrelbine. Vincristine is used in the treatment of childhood leukemias and breast cancer. Vinblastine is used in the treatment of Hodgkin’s Disease and choriocarcinoma.

 

Chamomilla recutita or Matricaria recutita, German Chamomile

Tea made from dried flowers is used to treat a large variety of ailments. In experiments, the essential oil is found to be anti-fungal, anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory.

 

Colchicum autumnale, Autumn Crocus

Theophrastus (c.371-287 B.C.) noted it to be very toxic. In the fifth century (Byzantine Empire), it was used for the treatment of joint conditions. Colchicine is an alkaloid that relieves the joint pain and inflammation of gout. Colchicine is still derived from the plant itself because chemists have not been able to synthesize it inexpensively in the laboratory. Though they are called autumn crocus, they belong to the lily family and should not be confused with the saffron crocus, Crocus sativus, which is a

 

Convollaria majalis, Lily-of-the-valley

A tea of flowers and leaves was used in treating heart disease. It contains cardiac glycosides similar to those of the digitalis plant family.

 

Dianthus anatolicus, Dianthus

  1. anatolicus is a member of large genus of Dianthus (approximately 300) many of which have been used in Chinese and European herbal medicine for a large number of disorders including cardiac, urinary, nervous and gastrointestinal. Preparations are made from the flowers, leaves and stems but not the roots. The flower preparations are markedly diuretic.

 

Dictamnus albus, Gas Plant

Dittany, a distillate of very volatile essential oils from the roots and flowers, is rarely used today. It is a diuretic, an anti-spasmodic (relaxes the muscles of the gastro-intestinal tract), an anti-helminthic (expels intestinal parasites), and a stimulant to the contraction of uterine muscle.

 

Digitalis ambigua, Perennial Foxglove

All species of the genus Digitalis contain cardiac glycosides in their roots, stems, leaves and blossoms. Cardiac glycosides are a group of chemical compounds that taken by mouth slow the rate and regulate the rhythm of the heart beat as well as strengthen the heart muscle. These chemical compounds are very complex. They are difficult and very expensive to synthesize in the laboratory. All sources of the digitalis cardiac glycosides are, therefore, plant materials grown in cultivation specifically for medicinal purposes. Preparations made of the dried ground leaves are no longer prescribed. Individually extracted compounds are prescribed instead of the mixture of all the cardiac glycosides present in the dried ground leaf preparations.

 

Digitalis lanata, Grecian Foxglove

It is also called the wooly foxglove because of the texture of its leaves. It is a very important medicinal plant grown commercially for the cardiac glycoside digoxin. Lanoxin (digoxin) is used in the treatment of congestive heart failure alone or in combination with other drugs prescribed for the same purpose. Digoxin was first isolated from the other cardiac glycosides in 1930.

 

Digitalis lutea Yellow Foxglove

Like all other foxgloves, it contains cardiac glycosides but they are in weak concentrations and are not extracted commercially for the treatment on chronic congestive heart failure.

 

Digitalis purpurea, Common Foxglove

In 1775 Dr. William Withering, an English physician, discovered the efficacy of ingesting ground dried leaves of Digitalis purpurea in the treatment of severe congestive heart failure. He attributed its efficacy to a diuretic effect and published his findings in l785 based on his clinical observations over a ten year period. In his paper, he recommended safe doses and warned of undesirable side effects from overdose including death from cardiac arrest. The pharmacological mechanisms of the cardiac glycosides in regulating the heart rate and rhythm and the strengthening of the heart muscle were discovered later.

 

The German ophthalmologist and botanist, Ernst Fuchs, is responsible for giving foxglove its Latin name in the Linneal binomial system of the naming of plants. To him and others before him, each blossom resembled a thimble so he arrived at digitalis as follows: digitus, i L. finger; alis, L. suffix meaning pertaining to the qualities or characteristics of a —–; Digitalis.a Latin adjectival noun meaning pertaining to the characteristics or qualities of a finger.

 

The thimble resemblance of the blossoms is also responsible for the English common name foxglove: “gloves for little folks” and the common German name der Fingerhut which translates into English as the finger hat (a thimble).

 

Echinacea purpurea syn E. angustifoli, Purple Cone Flower

Preparations of this plant were used by the Plain Indians (Comanche and Sioux) for the treatment of upper respiratory infections, burns, snakebites, and cancers. The European settlers learned about these indications from the Indians. It has been demonstrated that plant extracts stimulate the immune system to combat bacterial and viral infections. It also possesses antibiotic properties. Echinacea’s name is derived from the Greek word for hedgehog and was inspired by the appearance of the flower’s central cone.

 

Foeniculum vulgare, Fennel

It is a native of the Mediterranean. In the Middle Ages, it was considered an antidote to witchcraft. It is an antispasmodic that is used to relieve bloating. It is also a diuretic.

 

Fragaria vesca, Wild Strawberry

America Indians and Europeans found multiple medicinal uses for this plant. The leaves are mildly astringent so that they can be used as a gargle to treat sore throats. The leaves as well as the fruit contain a diuretic.

 

Geranium Robertainum, Herb-Robert

Tea made from the leaves has been used for the treatment of tuberculosis, malaria and other systemic infectious diseases. It has antibiotic, antiviral properties and contains antioxidants.

 

Ginkgo biloba fastigiata, Maidenhair tree

The ginkgo tree is the oldest living tree species with at least a 200 million year history. It was present in the time of the dinosaurs. It predates the Mesozoic era. It was considered sacred by Buddhist monks who for centuries planted them around their temples and in nearby forests. It is extremely hardy and resistant to environmental pollutants. The hardy features and the special value placed on these trees insured their preservation into modern times. Extracts from the leaves are used to improve memory and are used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Evidence of efficacy in these treatments is lacking. It is a blood thinner that may be used in cases of poor circulation. Presumed better circulation to the brain is thought to be the reason why it might improve memory and be a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. It is being tried for use in the treatment of glaucoma. The Chinese have used it in treating asthma and cerebral disorders for at least three thousand years.

 

Hamamelis virginiana, Witch-hazel

Native Americans taught the English settlers to make a decoction of witch-hazel bark, twigs, and leaves to use in cold or warm compresses to treat bruises, to use it as an eye wash, and to take it by mouth for the treatment of diarrhea. Currently, it is used as a topical application for the treatment of eczema. A decoction is an extraction made by boiling a plant in water and removing the resulting mash from the liquid; the liquid contains the active ingredient in a concentrated form.

“Witch” refers to an Anglo-Saxon word meaning to bend; it has no reference to magic. This shrub blooms in the fall. There are other varieties of witch-hazel that bloom in late winter or very early spring.

 

Helianthus annuus, Common Sunflower

A tea made from the leaves is an astringent, a diuretic, an expectorant and an agent to reduce fever. Crushed leaves are used in poultices to treat snake bites and spider bites.

 

Helichyrsum italicum, Curry

Essential oils distilled from flowers are used in aromatherapy. The antioxidant activity of carbon dioxide extracts are under investigation. Preparations are used as anticoagulant, anasthetic, antispasmodic agents and for their antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

 

Hepatica acutiloba, Sharp Lobed Hepatica

A member of the buttercup family, hepatica was used by American Indians to make a tea for the treatment of liver and digestive ailments. The medicinal value of this plant is not established.

 

Humulus lupulus, Hops

Used to make beer. It contains antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-spasmodic properties.

 

Hypericum perforatum, St. John’s Wort

Several plants bear the name of St. John’s Wort and they are so called because they can be counted on to be in bloom on June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Extracts made from the blossoms have been used for centuries to treat mental disorders and to ward off evil spirits. American Indians treated tuberculosis, wounds and severe pain with a tea made from its flowers. Hypericin, a very complex molecule, is of questionable value in the treatment of mild depression; it is strongly antiviral and is being investigated for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

 

Hyssopus officinalis, Hyssop

The herb or its oil is used to treat respiratory ailments. In small amounts, it is added to salads, soups, sauces and meat dishes to aid digestion.

 

Inula helenium, Elecampane

A legend has it that Helen of Troy had this plant in her hand when she left with Paris to live with him in Troy. From this legend, the plant gets its name. The ancient Greeks and Romans used preparations made from this plant to treat upper respiratory infections and to aid digestion. In the Middle Ages, wine was made from this plant and it was called potio Paulino which means Paul’s drink, a reference to St. Paul’s advise to “drink a little wine for the stomach’s sake”.

 

Iris cristata, Crested Dwarf Iris

American Indians used the roots in tea to treat hepatitis and in animal fat ointments to treat skin ulcers.

 

Iris germanica, German Flag

The root (orris) is included in cough remedies primarily and never used alone. Dried orris has the fragrance of violets; it is included in some potpourris. Iris cristata and Iris versicolor are also used in Indian Medicine for the relief of symptoms and the treatment of various disorders without any scientific proof of efficacy thus far.

 

Laurus nobilis, Bay Leaf

Leaf preparations used to treat upper digestive tract disorders.

 

Lavendula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia, English Lavender

Lavare is the Latin verb “to wash”. The Romans used the fragrance of the blossoms in their bath water hence the origin of the name lavendula. In the Middle Ages, it was used alone or in combination with other herbs to treat insomnia, anxiety states, migraine headaches and depression. The fragrance is relaxing hence the dry blossoms were stuffed in pillows and given to agitated patients to produce sedation. The oil is strongly antiseptic and used to heal wounds.

 

Levisticum officinale, Lovage

Preparations made from the roots or leaves are used to treat edema, indigestion and to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

 

Liatris spicata, Gayfeather

American Indians used this plant for food as well as medicine. It was used as a cough syrup for the treatment of persistent coughs and urinary tract infections.

 

Lycopersicon esculentum, Tomato

Lycopene may be beneficial in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

 

Malva sylvestris, Common Mallow

Pliny II, 1st Century A.D. wrote that tea made from the seeds and mixed with wine relieved nausea. In 16th century Italy, it was considered a cure-all. American Indians made poultices from the plant and applied them to sores, insect stings and swollen limbs to relieve pain. Taken internally, it may be useful in treating digestive and urinary tract infections because it contains a large amount of mucilage.

 

Marrubium vulgare, Horehound

Fresh or dried aerial parts of this plant are used to treat digestive and respiratory conditions. It is given for digestive complaints such as loss of appetite and indigestion. It is also used to treat the cough of chronic or acute bronchitis.

 

Matricaria chamomilla, German Chamomille

Essential oils distilled from dried flower heads are used topically for their antibiotic and antiseptic properties and internally for anti-inflammatory (gastritis), antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative effects.

 

Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm

Lemon balm was introduced into medicine by the Arabs for treatment of depression and anxiety. In the 11th century Avicenna, the famous theologian, philosopher-physician, taught that “it causeth the mind and the heart to become merry”. New research shows that its polyphenols can help significantly in the treatment of herpes simplex and zoster infections.

 

Mentha piperita, Peppermint

Peppermint came into general use in the medicine of Western Europe only about the middle of the eighteenth century. Preparations made from fresh or dried leaves or distilled essential oil are used to relieve mild headache, to relieve pain, to relieve bowel spasm, and to relieve chest congestion.

 

Monarda didyma, Bee Balm

The Oswego Indians made tea from the aromatic leaves and introduced this practice to the original settlers as a beverage. The Shakers thought that the tea was effective in treating upper respiratory infections. They prescribed it for young brides to stimulate the appetite and regulate menstruation. The early settlers steamed the plant and inhaled fumes to clear their sinuses. It contains thymol which is a pleasant aromatic substance used in dentistry as a preservative and a fungicide.

 

Oswego tea replaced imported tea after the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. The embargo of imported tea by all of the American colonies led to the bankruptcy of the British East India Company.

 

Nepeta cataria, Catnip

It is a mild sedative for the relief of insomnia. Chewing the leaves relieves toothaches. It lowers fever by increasing sweating because the evaporation of moisture from the skin is a cooling process. It is hallucinogenic in cats but not in humans.

 

Nicotiana sylvestris, Nicotiana

A member of a large family of Nicotianas whose leaves are used in making prepartions taken by mouth to induce vomiting and diarrhea, to relieve pain and to sedate. Preparations are used externally as a poultice in the treatment of joint swelling from arthritis, of skin diseases and of insect bites. Nicotine is a very effective biodegradable insecticide.

 

Ocimum basilicum, Sweet Basil

It is a native of India. Eating its leaves was prescribed by the first century Greek physician Dioscorides to relieve the pain of a scorpion’s sting. The Ancient Romans used it to alleviate flatulence, counteract poisonings and to stimulate breast milk production. Applied externally, it is an insect repellant.

 

Oenothera biennis, Evening Primrose

American Indians had multiple uses for this plant. External application of the seed oil may be useful in the treatment of eczema and other allergic skin disorders. There is some evidence that internal consumption of the oil is beneficial in the treatment of eczema. It is used for this purpose in Europe, but not permitted in the United States. Three to four grams of primrose oil per day may be beneficial in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome.

 

Paeonia officinalis, ‘Mollis’ Peony

A plant named after Paeon, physician to the Greek gods, by Theophrastus (372-c. 287 B.C.) For centuries, it has had a large place in classical antiquity as well as in ancient and modern Chinese medicine. In the time of Hippocrates, it was used to treat epilepsy. Dioscorides (40-90 A.D.) wrote that the root of the plant provokes menstruation and that it could be used to expel the placenta following childbirth. The root of herbaceous peonies has been used in Chinese medicine for 1500 years for menstrual disorders and to relieve the symptoms of menopause.

 

Paeonia suffruticos ‘Renkaku’, White Tree Peony

Root and bark preparations are used in Chinese medicine as an antiseptic, a liver tonic , for relief of menstrual cramps and in the treatment of female infertility. Bark and root preparations are under study for possible analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic medical uses.

 

Papaver rhoeas, Flanders Poppy or Corn Poppy

It is a native of Europe, North Africa and the temperate zones of Asia. Its latex contains substances very similar to the Opium Poppy but they are much milder in strength. It is called the “Corn Poppy” because of its frequent appearance as a wild flower in grain fields in England and elsewhere in Europe. It is the poppy referred to in “In Flanders Fields”, a poem written by John McCrae (1872-1918), a Canadian physician, who served on the Western Front in 1914. World War I veterans and subsequent war veterans annually memorialize the war dead with imitations of this poppy worn as boutonnières on Memorial Day in the United States and on November 11 in Canada.

 

Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy

It is a plant native to Turkey and Asia Minor with medicinal and recreational properties that have been known for more than six thousand years. By three thousand B.C., the Sumerians had named it the joy plant because consuming the dried milky sap of unripe pods caused euphoria.

By three hundred B.C., opium (sun dried milky sap taken from unripe pods) was being used by Arabs, Greeks and Romans as a sedative, a pain reliever and a soporific (a substance to induce sleep). Opium can be lethal; Agrippina, the fifth wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54) mixed opium with wine to poison Claudius and his son after Claudius adopted her son, Nero, making it possible for Nero to ascend the throne.

 

Opium has been the cause of international conflict: The Opium Wars of 1839-1842 and 1856-1860 between the United Kingdom and China.

 

Morphine was isolated from opium in 1803 by a twenty-year old German pharmacist who named it after Morpheus, the god of dreams. Morphine is the most effective painkiller known to medicine; it has ten times the pain relieving potency of aspirin. Heroin, a synthetic derivative of morphine, has all the properties of morphine to a much more dangerous degree. Heroin and opium are illegal and forbidden to be used in the practice of medicine. Opium, referred to as “brown sugar” in the legal and illegal trade is so-called because of its appearance to brown sugar. Opium dissolved in sherry is laudanum. Paregoric is a camphorated tincture of opium. Opium contains approximately twenty eight natural organic compounds that collectively are called the “opiates”. Five of the natural occurring opiates used in the practice of medicine are: morphine, codeine, thebaine, papaverine and noscapine. Synthetic derivatives of opiates (opioids) are created in the laboratory. They are: meperidene Demerol);diacetylmorpine (Heroin); Oxycodone (OxyContin): and Hydrocodone (Vicodin).

 

Passiflora incarnata, Passion Flower

The 16th Spanish explorers were enchanted by the beauty of the blossoms of this flowering vine and give it its name. For them, the blossom was full of the symbolism of Christ’s crucifixion; hence the name Passion Flower. The fringed corona reminded them of the crown of thorns, the three stigmas reminded them of the three nails piercing the hands and feet, white stood for purity and blue-purple for heaven, and the 10 sepals for ten of the twelve apostles. Peter and Judas were excluded because the former denied Christ and the later betrayed him. American Indians used the flowers and dried fruits in making sedative preparations.

 

Physalis alkekengi, Chinese Lantern

Physalis is the Greek word for bladder. It provides the plant its botanical name because the pod resembles a bladder; and because of the pod’s appearance, preparations from the red berry in the pod were used in the past as a diuretic and for the treatment of kidney and bladder stones. These medicinal properties have not been scientifically confirmed. It has not been prescribed since the end of the seventeenth century.

 

Podophyllium peltatum, May Apple

Extracts of the dried rhizome are used as a topical agent for removing warts. The drug etoposide is synthesized from podophyllotoxin taken from the underground parts and taken internally to treat testicular cancer.

 

Polemonium reptans, Jacob’s Ladder or Greek Valerian

American Indians used the root in preparations to treat skin conditions such as eczema, lung conditions such as pleurisy, and for abdominal complaints.

 

Pulmonaria officinalis, Lungwort

It is a native of Europe and the Caucasus. The plant is so called because the spotted leaves resemble lung tissue. It is used to treat chest ailments such as chronic bronchitis and asthma.

 

Prunella vulgaris, Self Heal

It has been shown to possess antibiotic and antiviral properties. It is used in the treatment of labial herpes (herpes simplex) and genital herpes.

 

Rheum officinale, English Rhubarb

Anthraquinones in the rhizomes (roots) are strong laxatives and antibiotic against staphylococcus aureus.

 

Ricinus cummunis ‘rubra’, Castor Bean Plant

A native of East Africa that in some locations can grow as high as thirty feet. It has a striking red stalk and green palmate leaves making it a striking accent in the garden. The white flowers are male and female. The seed capsules are red. The seeds are very poisonous. Oil extracted from the seeds is not poisonous and has been used as a laxative for about four thousand years.

 

Rosa gallica officinalis, Apothecary Rose

A native of Persia (Iran) that was described by the Ancient Greek poet Sappho as “ the queen of flowers”, this rose has had many uses over time. The Ancient Romans consumed the petals as food and marinated them in wine to use them as a cure for hangovers. Avicenna, a famous eleventh century Arab physician and philosopher living in Moslem Spain, prepared rose water from the petals that he used in treating his patients for a variety of ailments. Knights returning from the Crusades brought the plant to Europe. It was grown chiefly in monastic gardens for medicinal purposes. In the Middle Ages, the blossoms were used in aroma therapy for the treatment of depression. In the nineteenth century beginning in the time of Napoleon, French pharmacists grew them in pots at the entrances of their shops, hence the origin of the common name Apothecary Rose. The Apothecary Rose became the professional symbol of the pharmaceutical profession much as the balanced scales became the professional symbol of the legal profession. French druggists dispensed preparations made from this rose to treat indigestion, sore throats and skin rashes.

 

Rosa rugosa Wrinkled Rose

This plant is indigenous to Asia; it gets its common English name, the wrinkled rose, from the appearance of its leaves. It has naturalized itself in the sand dunes of the New England seacoast. In China, the flowers are used to make tea to improve the circulation and to “soothe a restless fetus”. Tea and Jelly made from the rose hips are a very rich source of Vitamin C. The rose hips of this plant have the highest natural concentration of Vitamin C of any other natural source of Vitamin C, including all of the citrus fruits. For the sufferer of scurvy, the Rosa rugosa is a medicinal plant; for the rest of us, it is a nutritional plant.

 

Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary

“Rosemary that’s for remembrance,” Shakespeare. It is a symbol of fidelity between lovers. For centuries it has been used in bridal bouquets to make the statement that the bride will never forget the family she is leaving. It has been buried with the deceased and used in funeral bouquets to signify that the deceased member will never be forgotten by members of his or her family. In ancient Greece, students wore sprigs of this herb in their hair while they studied. Rosemary is believed to stimulate cerebral circulation thereby improving concentration and memory. The oil of the flowering spikes is anti-fungal and anti-biotic. The leaves contain COX-2 inhibitors that inhibit tumor growth and have anti-HIV activity. Rosemary aids in the digestion of fats. Possible improvement in memory may be related to improving circulation to the brain. Rosemary, used in food flavoring, is also important to the perfume industry.

 

Rudbechia hirta, Black-Eye-Susan

American Indians used root tea to treat parasitic infestations such as pinworm. They used it externally to treat snake bits, superficial wounds and earaches.

 

Ruta graveolens, Rue

It is native to the Mediterranean that was used in Ancient Greece to stimulate menstrual bleeding and to induce abortion.

 

Salix elaeagnos syn. Salix rosmarinifolia, Rosemary Willow

In Ancient Greece, the bark of the white willow (Salix alba) was chewed to relieve the pain of gout and to reduce fever. In the fifth century B.C., Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed ground willow bark to ease aches and pains. In the 1st century A.D. Dioscorides, a Greek physician in service to the Romans, wrote that the ingested bark and leaves of Salix alba reduce fever and relieve pain. For centuries, Europeans used tea made of the roots and leaves to lower fever and relieve aches. The Chickasaw Indians used tea made from the roots to relieve headache.

 

In 1830, German researchers isolated salicin from the bark of the white willow tree and from other plants. Their research determined that ingested salicin becomes salicylic acid in the stomach, and that salicylic acid is responsible for the desired effects as well as undesirable toxic side effects that include gastrointestinal bleeding. In 1875 a derivative, acetylsalicylic acid, was synthesized from salicylic acid. Acetylsalicylic acid was discovered to have the properties of and to have many fewer side effects than salicylic acid. In 1899 acetylsalicylic acid appeared in powder form for the first time; 1915 was the first time that it appeared in pill form. A part of the terms of the peace treaty with Germany following World War I was the surrender of the patent and of the trade mark ASPIRIN for acetylsalicylic acid. Since then acetylsalicylic acid (abbreviated as ASA) has been universally known as aspirin. Aspirin is one of the most important and one of the cheapest drugs in the medical armamentarium for the treatment of human diseases, for the relief of pain, and as a blood thinner in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes caused by disease in the blood vessel walls.

 

Salvia sclarea, Clary Sage

The seeds were once commonly used to treat eye diseases therefore it is also know as clear eye. It has also been used for gastro-intestinal disorders such as indigestion and flatulence. It stimulates estrogen production so it is used as a remedy for menopausal complaints such as hot flashes.

 

Salvia officinalis, Sage

Sage is better known as a culinary than as a medicinal herb. Its Latin name, Salvia, is derived from the Latin salvere, “to be saved”, in reference to the curative properties of the plant. Sage has numerous traditional medicinal uses as an astringent, as an antiseptic, as a carminative and as an estrogenic.

 

Sanguisorba officinalis, Salad burnet

It grows in the wild from Maine to Minnesota and beyond. It is used to stop bleeding. American soldiers in the Revolutionary War drank tea made from the leaves before going into battle to prevent excessive bleeding if they were wounded. It is antibacterial. It is currently in use in Chinese herbal medicine to control bleeding and to stop vomiting.

 

Scilla siberica, Siberian Squill

Syrups and tinctures are used as emetics and cathartics as well as diuretics in the treatment of congestive heart failure. It is also used in expectorants to treat lung disorders. It was used by the Greek physician Epimerides hence it is also know as Epemenidiea.

 

Sedum purpureum, Live-forever

In the first century A.D., Pliny, the Roman naturalist, stated that the juice of this plant was good for treating wounds and fistulas. In more recent herbal medicine, it has been prescribed to be taken internally for the treatment of ulcers, lung disorders, and diarrhea; and externally it has been prescribed for slow healing ulcers.

 

Sempervivum tectorum, Hen-and-chicks or Houseleek

The Latin botanical name has an historical reference. Charlemagne (742-814 A.D.) recommended that his subjects plant these hardy prolific plants on the roof of their houses to ward off lightening and fire. The leaves contain tannins and mucilage that are soothing to skin. It is used in the treatment of burns, skin wounds and infections.

 

Silphium perfoliatum, Cup Plant

A perennial native prairie wildflower whose roots are used in an oral preparation to increase sweating, to reduce fever, to induce abortion and as an expectorant in the treatment of pulmonary diseases.

 

Solidago canadensis, Golden Rod

The name Solidago, from the Latin solido, “to make whole”, indicates its use as a wound-healing herb. Goldenrod is a safe and gentle remedy for a number of disorders. It is a valuable astringent remedy treating wounds and bleeding. Antioxidant and diuretic, goldenrod is a valuable remedy for urinary tract disorders. The plant contains saponins that are antifungal and act specifically against the Candida fungus, the cause of yeast infections and oral thrush. The herb can also be taken for sore throats, chronic nasal congestion, and diarrhea. Due to its mild action, goldenrod is appropriate for treating gastroenteritis in children. It may be used as a mouthwash or douche for yeast infections.

 

Stachys byzantina, Lamb’s Ears

Lamb’s ears foliage bandages wounds and reputedly reduces the pain of bee stings.

 

Stachys officinalis, Betony

In ancient times wood betony had no fewer than 29 uses in treating physical diseases and was used well into the Middle Ages to ward off evil or ill humors. In Europe, the aerial (above the ground) portions of the plant are harvested when the plant is in bloom and is used to treat almost any disease! It is a sedative. In addition, it has anti-diarrhea, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Stylophorum diphyllum, Calendine Poppy

It contains glaucine . Preparations are used in the treatment of insomnia, upper respiratory infections, and to reduce fever as well as in ointments for the treatment of burns and superficial abrasions. In veterinary medicine, ointments are used in the treatment of mastitis.

 

Symphytum officinale, Comfrey

Comfrey contains allantoin used in ointments for psoriasis and other skin problems. It has been known since Greek and Roman antiquity and used primarily externally as a poultice for surface wounds and to form a cast to hold broken bones immobile while they knit. Comfrey is a corruption of the Latin “con firma” implying that the bone is “made firm”. “Symphyton” is derived from the Greek “plants growing together” in the sense of “causing to unite”.

 

Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium, Feverfew

Parthenion is the Greek word for girl. Feverfew is Elizabethan English and comes from febrifuge, an old medical term for a medicine that reduces fever. Feverfew is an effective remedy for migraine. Parthenolide appears to inhibit the release of the hormone serotonin that triggers migraine. It has also been shown to reduce fever, hence the name Feverfew.

 

Tanacetum vulgare, Tansy

The blossoms were used as insect repellents in bedding and scattered on bedroom floors and ward floors of hospitals in The Middle Ages. The leaves were used as a preservative in meats and food products.

 

Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion

Used primarily in Eastern European traditional medicine. It is used primarily as a diuretic but also taken internally to treat arthritis and gastro-intestinal disorders. It is applied externally to treat eczema and other skin conditions. It is eaten raw in “spring salads” and cooked as a vegetable when the plants are very young before flowering.

 

Teucrium chamaedrys, Germander

Native to Central Europe and harvested when in bloom for tonics to treat diarrhea. It is also an astringent. It contains anti-microbial properties and has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

 

Thymus citriodorus, Lemon Thyme

Used to make pediatric oral preparations that are tasty and sweet to relieve an “upset tummy”. It is also in ointments and in “sleep pillows”.

 

Thymus vulgaris, Thyme

It was used in the Middle Ages as a treatment of epilepsy and depression. In 1975, a German pharmacist discovered that the plant’s essential oil, thymol, was a powerful disinfectant topically and an antibiotic/antifungal agent when taken orally. It is an antispasmodic and an anti-tussive used effectively in cough syrups to raise sputum and relieve coughing.

 

Tilia cordata ‘Greenspsire’ Linden Tree

A deciduous tree that is native of Europe and Southwest Asia. Pale yellow flowers and lime colored bracts are made into a lime tea that may be consumed simply as a beverage or as a remedy for the relief of headaches, tension, and insomnia.

 

Tropaelum majus, Nasturtium

A native of Peru, it is a culinary as well as a medicinal herb that is used in Andean Indian herbal medicine. All parts of the plant posses an antibiotic and vitamin C. Taken internally, it stimulates coughing and reduces phlegm production. Applied externally, it is antiseptic. Blossoms and leaves can be used in green salads for their high Vitamin C content.

 

Vaccinium angustifolium syn V. myrtilloides, Lowbush blueberry

The Chippewa Indians used the flowers to treat psychosis. The fruit contains anthocyanosides. These chemical compounds are very powerful antioxidants that are very effective in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.

 

Valeriana officinalis, Garden Heliotrope

Heliotrope’s botanical name comes from the Latin, valere, which means “to be well”. In the first century A.D., Dioscorides, a Greek physician in service to the Romans, described its pharmaceutical properties. It was used in the Middle Ages for treating epilepsy. It is used now to relieve stress, to reduce anxiety and to induce sleep. It is a muscle relaxant and it lowers the blood pressure. Preparations of this plant have very low toxicity and are not addictive; they are made from the root of the plant.

 

Verbascum thapsus, Mullein

An infusion of leaves and flowers is used to treat sore throats and bronchitis. It reduces the formation of mucous and stimulates coughing to raise phlegm. It is also applied externally to heal wounds. In Germany, the flowers are steeped in olive oil, and the olive oil is then used to treat ear infections. A cotton plug soaked in olive oil is placed in the ear canal.

 

Veronica officinalis, Speedwell

In modern herbal medicine, speedwell tea, brewed from the dried flowering plant, sometimes serves as a cough remedy or as a lotion applied to the skin to speed wound healing and relieve itching.

 

Viola tricolor, Johnny-jump-up or Heartease

From this plant a bitter tea is made that is taken internally for lung disorders and is applied externally for skin diseases. The tea is an expectorant and a diuretic. Its other common name, Heartease, refers to a romantic notion that it provides comfort and consolation to separated lovers. In the nineteenth century, the juice of the plant constituted the main ingredient of love potions.

 

Waldsteinia fragarioides, Barren Strawberry

American Indians preparations of leaves, roots, and flowers to induce labor and to regulate menstruation as well as for the treatment of other disorders.

 

Zingiber officinale, Ginger

It is a native of tropical rain forests. It contains a powerful substance that is very effective in the treatment of motion sickness and nausea following surgery. It is also used as a digestive remedy; and as a circulation stimulant, it causes blood vessels to dilate.

 

Disclaimer: This information presents a description and history of the medicinal uses of these plants. The intention is not to provide specific medical advice. You should consult your personal physician before taking any form of medication.

 

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“The Natural History of Medicinal Plants” Author: Judith Sumner Ph.D. Publisher:Timber Press

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FALL GARDEN CHECK LIST – Shutting Down The Garden

FALL GARDEN CHECK LIST – Shutting Down The Garden

If you would like a copy of this  “Check List” (PDF) simple email us at: lynn@WisconsinGarden.com

Just enter “Fall Garden Check List” in the subject line.

  1. How Did Your Garden Grow This Year?

Success and/or failures of this year’s garden experience?

Our successes includes this year’s Zinnias, Grapes, Climbing Spinach, Garlic, Tomatoes (TomatoBerry) Straw bales, Square foot garden, stepping stones, Tri-color European Beech tree, reclaiming Iris beds, Strawberry beds, Dahlia bulbs, compost bin, Better-Bilt trellis, use of raised beds (27) Plant selection & rotation & painted red trellis & picnic table. Use of Azomite, Compost, Peat Moss, Perlite/Vermiculite, (prolonged heat & humidity factor) powdery mildew Bird seed buildup, sunflowers, Milorganite, Native Prairie – Compass plant, Moss Garden, garden tours.

 

  1. Collecting Seeds & Deadheading Plants

Consider harvesting Heirloom plant seeds on a dry not overly windy day – Deadheading.

IMPORTANT Label each different seed collection. Make additional notes as to where collected and date.

Store in either a plastic bag or glass container and keep them in a cool dry place over winter.

Saving Tomato Seeds – soak in water 24 hours, good seeds settle to bottom – rinse 3 times dry on paper towel.

Perennials seeds require ‘Stratification’ cold-treated in order to germinate (tree peony).

 

  1. What Can We Still Grow This Fall?

Plant lettuce, radishes – mature in 28 days – Start Herbs indoors in pots.

Cuttings from favorite annuals for next year (Coleus).

Pinch off new tomato & squash blossoms – encourages vegetables to mature existing plant fruit.

Look for bargains, year-end perennial plant sales – Still time for roots to establish – Keep pulling weeds.

 

  1. Food Preservation – Canning & Dehydrating

Consider canning, freezing, dehydrating healthy home-grown food. Take advantage of seasonal bargains.

Ripen green tomatoes that are firm and blemish-free, wrap individually in newspaper.

Keep apples in paper bags – keep in cool, dry place for longer shelf life – ethylene gas quickens ripening/wilt.

Storing Winter Squash – Butternut, Spaghetti, Pumpkin – Keep 2” stem.

Cure in warm place 1-2 weeks (skin) then keep in cool area 55-65 degrees over winter.

 

  1. Garden Clean Up – Garden Health

Vegetable Garden Arearemove all plants and clean up all plant debris on ground.

Cut back Asparagus – remove old Raspberry-Blackberry canes (this year’s producers) grape vines.

Pick up and remove all old unwanted fruit or debris on the ground.

Rake up and remove seeds and other debris under bird feeders, clean birdhouses & feeders.

Continue pulling weeds before they go to seed – Deadheading.

Drain rain barrels, address large containers, walkways, pond clean up, fish catching or relocation, etc.

 

  1. Composting – Garden Gold

Add or Start a compost pile – disease-free weeds, vegetable & flowering plants, (Brown & Green).

Kitchen wastes – vegetables, fruit, cardboardDO NOT ADD meat, dairy or greasy food leftovers.

Recycle – If local recycling isn’t available – burn or dig a deep hole in far corner and bury bad plants.

Compost in covered garbage can, add soil layers to limit odor and discourage varmints.

Keep chopped leaves & grass clippings separate – dedicate for weed-free Spring planting.

 

  1. Mulching – Grass Leaves & Bark

Grass clippings & chopped leaf mulch, wood mulch (not right up to the base of the plant).

Consider posting a yard sign requesting “Bagged Leaves & Grass Clippings Wanted”.

Buy Straw before Halloween – After ‘Hard Freeze’ mulch (strawberries, garlic, leeks, shallots, etc.).

 

  1. Timely Pruning & Trimming

Light pruning and removal of diseased, damaged, dead, decaying or rubbing branches – OK any time of year.

Limit pruning in Fall – Decay fungus much more active in fall, wounds heal more slowly.

Late Winter/Early Spring – best time to prune dormant plants, see overall structure, fungus/insects dormant.

Late Winter – Prune Oak & Fruit & Nut Trees after coldest weather has passed.

Avoid Winter/Early Spring pruning of lilac, Forsythia, Hibiscus or other Spring flowering bushes.

Fall & Late Fall – continue watering trees and bushes.

Protect and wrap young trees & bushes (deer, rabbits, voles, etc.) Wire fencing – height as needed.

Trim back perennials – Consider leaving untrimmed – creates insulation, leaf & snow cover – seeds for birds.

Clean up all ground debris – don’t want to invite unwanted diseases or pests – recycle and/or compost.

 

  1. Bulb Planting – Fall & Spring

Tender Bulbs: Dig up all Elephant Ears, Calla & Canna Lilies, Caladiums, etc. (let bulbs dry thoroughly).

Hang in breathable mesh bags – keep in cool dark place: Dahlias packed in sawdust, packing peanuts, peat.

Plant Garlic – October-German Hardneck – prepare bed add worm casting, compost, peat moss, vermiculite.

Plant each clove 2” deep and 4” apart – top with mulch (leaf, grass clippings) after thoroughly watering.

WARNING: Visiting Gary Indiana? – Against the law to eat garlic and then go to the movies.

Begin planting Spring Bulbs – (Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus – add rock phosphate not bone meal (attracts Skunks).

 

  1. Tools & Tillers

Clean and sharpen hand & large tools – sterilize with alcohol, spray metal parts with lubricant.

Extend the life of wood handles with warm linseed oil or tool handles in rubber coated liquid dip.

Clean lawnmower, sharpen blade, spray moving parts with lubricant (Tillers, Chippers, Hedge Trimmers, etc.).

Empty gas tank of all power equipment or add ‘Stabile Additive’ per directions.

In Spring change, oil, plugs, air filter and sharpen and/or replace mower blades as needed.

Prepare, Start and/or Service your Snow Blower Now (fresh gas, change oil, new spark plug, & air filter, etc.).

 

11. Spring Planning

Create a plan of this year’s garden from memory.

Check out garden center for great bargains and huge discounts.

Begin preparing your soil for Spring.

Cover Crops for large gardens – Buckwheat, Cowpeas, Soybeans.

Sow in early fall, till under in Spring.

Compost – aged manure.

Create a plan for next year’s garden – favorites and new possibilities – Request Spring catalogs mailing list.

 

Obviously, those of you who live in warmer climate zones have more options in prolonging and even having a year-round garden opportunity to rotate and replant. But here in Wisconsin we face the reality that this year’s garden is coming to a close and requires our attention in shutting various parts down until next spring.

The Meaning Of Flowers & Trees

The Meaning Of Flowers & Trees

If you have an added submission, please email us at: lynn@WisconsinGarden.com

Abelia – Breath

Abutilon – Meditation

Acacia – Secret Love,

Acacia Blossom – Concealed Love, Beauty, Chaste Love

Acanthus – Artifice

Acorn – Immortality – Symbol Of Life (Nordic)

African Violet –

Agapanthus – Love Letter

Ageratum – Non Aging

Allium – Prosperity

Almond Blossom – Indiscretion

Aloe– Affection, Grief, Healing, Protection

Alstroemeria – Aspiring, Devotion, Lily Of The Incas (Swedish)

Alyssum – Worth Beyond Beauty

Amaranth – Immortality, Invisibility

Amaryllis – Pride, Pastoral Poetry, Shy, Timid

Ambrosia – Love Reciprocated

Anemone – Forsaken, fragile, Windflower (Greek)

Angelica – Inspiration

Anthurium – Hospitality

Apple – Garden Magic, Immortality, Temptation

Apple Blossom – Preference, Promise

Arborvitae – Unchanging Friendship

Ash – Health, Prosperity, Sea Rituals

Astilbe – I’ll Be Waiting

Aster – Contentment, Daintiness, Patience, Symbol Of Love

Azalea – Abundance, Fragile, Ephemeral Passion

Baby’s Breath – Festivity, Everlasting Love

Bachelor Button – Blessedness

Balloon Flower –

Barberry – Armed

Basil – Good Wishes

Bay Leaf – Glory, I Change But In Death

Bee Balm – Aromatic, Scented

Begonia – Beware, Caution, Deep Thoughts

Bellflower – Gratitude

Bells Of Ireland – Good Luck

Bleeding Heart – Love

Bird Of Paradise – Joyfulness, Magnificence

Bittersweet – Truth

Blackberry – Envy

Black-Eyed Susan – Encouragement, Justice

Bluebell – Constancy, Humility

Bridal Wreath –

Bougainvillea – Passion

Bouvardia – Enthusiasm

Broom – Humility

Bronze – Excitement

Buttercup – Ingratitude

Butterfly Bush – Expand

Cabbage – Profit

Cactus – Ardent Love, Endurance

Calla Lily – Modesty, Regal

Camellia – Adorable, Admiration, Perfection, Graciousness

Candytuft – Indifference

Canterbury Bells – Constancy

Carnation – Divine Love, Fascination, Innocence, Pure Love

Casablanca – Celebration

Celandine – Joy To Come

Chamomile – Energy In Adversity, Patience

Cherry Blossom – Impermanence

Chervil – Sincerity

Chestnut – Do Me Justice

Chicory – Frugality

Chives – Usefulness

Chrysanthemum – Truth

Cinquefoil – Beloved Daughter

Clematis – Poverty

Clove – Love You, Think Of Me

Cockscomb – Affectation

Columbine – Courage, Desertion, Love

Coreopsis – Always Cheerful

Coriander – Hidden Worth

Corn – Riches

Cosmos – Joy In Love & Life

Cowslip – Pensiveness

Crab-Apple Blossom – Ill-Tempered

Cranberry – Cure For Heartache

Crocus – Cheerfulness, Gladness, Youthful, Visions

Cumin – Fidelity, Protection

Currant – Thy Frown Will Kill Me

Cyclamen – Goodbye, Timid Hope, Resignation

Cypress – Comfort, Longevity, Mourning

Daffodil – Chivalry, New Beginning, Rebirth, Regard

Dahlia – Dignity

Daisy – Cheerfulness, Hope, Innocence, Loyal, Purity

Dandelion – Faithful, Happiness, Rustic Oracle

Daphne – I Would Not Have Your Otherwise

Daylily – Coquetry, Enthusiasm

Delphinium (Larkspur) – Boldness, Levity

Deutzia – Rough

Dianthus – Make Haste

Dill – Powerful Against Evil, Protection

Dittany – Childbirth

Dogwood – Love, Undiminished By Adversity

Dragon Plant – You’re Near A Snare

Echinacea – Health, Strength

Edelweiss – Devotion, Noble Courage

Elder – Compassion

Eucalyptus –Healing, Protection

Euphorbia – Persistence

Evening Primrose – Inconstancy

Everlasting Pea – Lasting Pleasure

Fennel – Flattery, Strength

Fern – Eternal Youth,Health, Secrecy, Sincerity

Feverfew – Warmth

Fig – Argument, Fertility, Love

Fir – Time

Flax – I Feel Your Kindness

Forget-Me-Not – Forget Me Not, Forever, Remember

Forsythia – Anticipation

Freesia – Spirited

Foxglove – Insincerity, Protection

Fuchsia – Humble Love

Gardenia – Joy, Lovely, Refinement, Secret Love, Spiritual

Garlic – Courage, Strength, Protection

Gentian – Intrinsic Worth

Geranium – Comfort, Ingenuity, Steadfast, True Friendship

Ginger – Proud, Strength

Ginseng – Healing, Love, Protection

Gladiolus – Pierce My Heart, Strength Of Character

Gloxinia – Love At First Sight

Goldenrod – Careful Encouragement, Divination

Grapevine – Abundance

Grass – Submission

Hawthorn – Hope

Hazel – Reconciliation

Heath – Solitude

Heather – Protection

Helenium – Tears

Heliotrope – Devoted Affection

Hibiscus – Dedicated Beauty

Holly – Foresight, Happiness, Hope

Hollyhock – Ambition

Honesty – Honesty

Honeysuckle – Bonds Of Love, Devotion

Horehound – Health

Hosta – Collective

Huckleberry – Dream Magic, Hex Breaking, Luck, Protection

Hyacinth – Beauty, Constancy, Fertility Playful, Happiness

Hydrangea – Dispassion, Frigid, Heartless, Jealousy, Perseverance

Hyssop – Cleanliness, Sacrifice

Ice Plant – Your Looks Freeze Me

Impatiens – Impatience

Iris – Inspiration, Message, Purification

Ivy – Affection, Anxious To Please, Fidelity, Friendship

Jacob’s Ladder – Come Down

Japonica – Feminine

Jasmine – Amiability, Elegance, Grace, Separation, Sweet Love

Joe-Pye Weed – Love, Respect

Jonquil – Affection, Desire, Love Me, Sympathy

Kerria – Clean, Beauty

Laburnum – Pensive Beauty

Lady’s Mantle – Comforting

Lady’s Slipper – Capricious Beauty, Protection

Lantana – Rigor

Larch – Anti-Theft, Audacity, Protection

Larkspur – Beautiful Spirit, Lightness

Laurel – Glory, Success

Lavender – Devotion, Mistrust, Virtue

Lemon – Zest

Lemon Blossom – Discretion

Lettuce – Chastity, Cold-heartedness

Liatris – I’ll Try Again

Lichen – Dejection

Licorice – Fidelity, Love

Lilac – First Emotions Of Love, Joy Of Youth

Lily – Beauty, Charm, Majesty, Pride, Purity, Wealth

Lily Of The Valley – Return Of Happiness, Sweetness

Linden Tree – Conjugal Love, Immortality

Lisianthus – Appreciation, Calming

Lobelia – Malevolence

Lotus – Inspiration, Protection, Purity

Lovage – Friendship, Love

Love-In-A-Mist – Perplexity

Love-Lies-Bleeding – Hopeless, Not Helpless

Lungwort – You’re My Life

Lupine – Imagination

Magnolia – Dignity, Fidelity, Nobility

Marigold – Cruelty, Desire For Riches, Grief, Jealous

Marjoram – Blushes, Joy, Happiness, Protection

March Marigold – Desire For Riches

Meadow Saffron – Best Days Are Past

Meadowsweet – Uselessness

Michealmas Daisy – Farewell

Mignonette – Quality Surpasses Charms

Mimosa – Sensitivity

Mint – Love, Travel, Virtue

Mistletoe – Love, Surmount All Obstacles, Protection

Mock Orange – Counterfeit, Deceit

Monarda – Aromatic, Erect,

Monkshood – Chivalry, Deadly Foe

Montbretia – Saffron

Morning Glory – Affection, Coquetry

Moss – Charity, Luck, Maternal Love

Mullein – Take Courage

Mustard – Fertility, I’m Hurt, Protection

Myrtle – Love, True Love, Peace

Narcissus – Egotism, Formality, Self-Love, Stay Sweet

Nasturtium – Conquest, Impetuous Love, Patriotism, Victorious

Nettle – Cruelty

Nuts – Fertility, Love, Luck, Prosperity

Oak – Health, Potency, Strength

Oats – Witching Soul Of Music, Money

Oleander – Attraction, Beware, Caution, Charisma

Olive – Fertility, Healing, Peace, Potency

Orange – Generosity

Orange Blossom – Fertility, Fruitfulness, Innocence, Purity

Orchid – Delicate Beauty, Love, Mature Charm, Refined Beauty

Oregano – Joy, Substance

Palm Leaves – Success, Victory

Pansy – Divination, Love, Think Of Me

Parsley – Festivity, Purification

Passionflower – Faith, Friendship, Peace

Peach – Charms Unequalled, Longevity, Wishes

Peach Blossoms – I’m Your Captive

Pear – Affection, Love, Lust

Pear Blossom – Comfort

Peony – Anger, Protection

Peppermint – Healing, Love, Warm Feeling

Periwinkle – Tender Recollection

Persimmon – Buried Under Nature’s Beauty, Luck

Petunia – Soothing Presence

Phlox – United Souls

Pine – Fertility, Healing, Hope, Pity, Protection

Pineapple – Chastity, Luke, Money, You’re Perfection

Pink – Affection, Caring, Gratitude, Pure Love

Pistachio – Breaking Love Spells

Plum – Keeping Promises, Healing

Plumeria – Love

Poinsettia – Good Cheer

Pomegranate – Fertility, Foolishness, Luck, Wealth

Pomegranate Blossom – Mature Elegance

Poplar – Courage, Flying, Money, Time

Poppy –Extravagance, Imagination, Fantastic, Pleasure, Wealth

Potato – Benevolence, Healing, Image Magic

Primrose – Childhood, Evening, Love, Protection

Protea – Courage

Purple – Royalty

Purple Coneflower – Health, Strength

Queen Anne’s Lace – Delicate Femininity, Fantasy

Quince – Happiness, Love, Protection, Temptation

Ranunculus – Radiating Charm

Raspberry – Remorse

Red – Passionate Love, Sharing, Unity

Redbud – Betrayal

Rhododendron – Beware

Rhubarb – Advice

Rice – Fertility, Money, Protection, Rain

Rose – Enchantment, Fascination, Love, Unconscious Beauty

Rosebud – Beauty, Innocent, Lovely, Pure, Youth

Rose Moss – Confessions Of Love

Rosemary – Remembrance

Rue – Clear Vision, Grace

Rye – Love, Fidelity

Saffron – Healing, Happiness, Love, Strength

Sage – Good Health, Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom

Saint-John’s-Wart – Superstition

Salvia – Forever Mine, Interest, Thinking Of You

Sandalwood – Protection, Healing, Spirituality

Sassafras – Health, Money

Savory – Interest, Spice

Saxifraga – Affection

Scabiosa – Unfortunate Love

Scarlet Pimpernel – Change

Silver Bell – Little Tree

Skunk Cabbage – Legal Matters

Smilax – Loveliness

Snapdragon – Deception, Gracious Lady, Presumption

Snowdrop – Consolation, Hope

Sorrel – Affection, Healing, Parental Affection

Southernwood – Constancy, Jest

Spanish Moss – Protection

Spearmint – Healing, Love, Mental Powers

Speedwell – Fidelity

Spider Flower – Elope

Spiderwort – Love

Spirea – Victory

Spruce – Versatile, Energetic

Star-Of-Bethlehem – Hope, Purity

Stargazer – Ambition

Starwort – Welcome

Statice – Success

Stephanotis – Desire To Travel, Good Luck, Happy Marriage

Stock – Bonds Of Affection, Forever Beauty, Promptness

Stonecrop – Tranquility

Straw – Luck, Magic

Strawberry – Perfection

Sugarcane – Love, Lust

Sunflower – Adoration, Fascination, False Riches, Wisdom

Sweet Briar – Simplicity

Sweet Pea – Blissful, Courage, Delicate Pleasures, Shyness

Sweet William – Gallantry

Sweet Woodruff – Humility

Sycamore – Endurance, Growth, Persistence, Strength

Tansy – Health, Hostile, Longevity

Thistle – Misanthropy

Thrift – Sympathy

Thyme – Activity, Courage, Health, Healing, Sleep, Purification

Trachelium – Neglected Beauty

Trillium – Modest Beauty

Trumpet Vine – Fame

Tuberose – Dangerous Pleasures

Tulip – Beautiful Eyes, Declaration Of Love, Fame, Perfect Lover

Turmeric – Purification

Turnip – Charity, Ending Relationships, Protection

Vanilla – Love, Lust, Mental Powers

Venus Flytrap – Love, Protection

Verbena – Pray For Me

Vetch – Cling To Thee, Fidelity,

Violet – Healing, Love, Luck, Modest Worth, Peace

Wallflower – Fidelity In Adversity

Walnut – Health, Mental Powers, Wishes

Water Lily – Purity Of Heart

Waxflower – Susceptibility

Wheat – Fertility, Money, Prosperity

White Monte Casino – Patience

Willow – Sadness

Willow Herb – Pretension

Winter Cherry – Deception

Wisteria – Welcome, Steadfast

Witch Hazel – A Spell

Yarrow – Courage,, Everlasting Love, Good Health

Yucca – Protection, Purification (Native American)

Zinnia –Goodness, Lasting Affection, Mourning Your Absence

Common & Botanical Plant Names

Common & Botanical Plant Names

Adam’s Laburnum Laburnocytisus adamii
Afghan Ash Fraxinus xanthoxyloides
African Olive Tree Olea europaea africana
Ailanthus Ailanthus
Alabama Snow Wreath Neviusia alabamensis
Alabanian Forsythia Forsythia europaea
Alangium Alangium
Alaternus Rhamnus alaternus
Albizia Albizia
Alder Alnus
Alder Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
All-Saints Cherry Prunus fruticosa
Allspice Calycanthus fertilis
Almond Cherry Prunus glandulosa
Almond Tree Prunus dulcis
Almond-Leaved Willow Salix triandra
Alpine Currant Ribes alpinum
Alpine Elder Sambucus racemosa
Alpine Honeysuckle Lonicera alpigena
Alpine Laburnum Laburnum alpinum
Alpine Willow Salix glabra
Alternate-Leaf Dogwood Cornus alternifolia
Amber Tree Liquidambar formosana
American Alder Sambucus canadensis
American Beech Fagus grandifolia
American Elderberry Sambucus canadensis
American Green Alder Alnus viridis ssp. Crispa
American Hazel Corylus americana
American Holly Ilex opaca
American Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana
American Lime Tilia americana
American Linden Tilia americana
American Mountain Ash Sorbus americana
American Olive Osmanthus americanus
American Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
American Red Gum Liquidambar styraciflua
American Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua
American White Oak Quercus lyrata
Amur Cork Tree Phellodendron amurense
Amur Linden Tilia amurensis
Amur Maackia Maackia amurensis
Andormeda Andromeda
Angelica Tree Aralia spinosa
Anise Magnolia Magnolia salifolia
Anise Tree Illicium
Antarctic Beech Nothofagus antarctica
Apple Malus
Apple-Leaved Willow Salix hastata
Aralia Aralia
Armenian Oak Quercus pontica
Aromatic Wintergreen Gaultheria
Aron’s Beard Cotinus coggygria
Arve Pinus cembra
Ash Fraxinus
Ash-Leaved Maple Acer negundo
Aspen Populus tremula
Atsuki Pear Sorbus alnifolia
Aucuba Aucuba
Autumn Cherry Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’
Azara Azara
Azores Holly Ilex perado
Baccharis Baccharis
Balearic Box Buxus balearica
Balkan Maple Acer hyrcanum
Ballota Ballota
Balsam Poplar Populus balsamifera
Barbary Wolfberry Lycium barbarum
Barberry Berberis
Barren Privet Rhamnus alaternus
Basket Osier Salix viminalis
Basket Willow Salix viminalis
Basswood Tilia americana
Bastard Box Polygala chamaebuxus
Bastard Chestnut Liquidambar formosana
Bastard Service Tree Sorbus thuringiaca
Baumann’s Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumannii
Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis
Bay Willow Salix pentandra
Bay-Leaved Willow Salix pentandra
Bayberry Myrica
Bead Tree Melia azedarach
Beam Tree Sorbus torminalis
Bear Oak Quercus ilicifolia
Bearberry Arctostaphylos
Beauty Berry Callicarpa
Beauty Bush Kolkwitzia Amabilis
Beech Fagus
Bell Heather Erica cinerea
Benjamin Tree Lindera benzoin
Bentham’s Cornel Cornus capitata
Big Leaf Linden Tilia platyphyllos
Big Leaf Storax Styrax obassia
Billberry Vaccinium
Bilsted Liquidambar styraciflua
Birch Betula
Bird Cherry Prunus padus
Bird Of Paradise Caesalpinia gilliesii
Bitter Nut Carya cordiformis
Bitter Nut Hickory Carya cordiformis
Black Alder Alnus glutinosa
Black Beech Nothofagus solandri
Black Birch Betula lenta
Black Crow Berry Empetrum nigrum
Black Gum Nyssa sylvatica
Black Jack Oak Quercus marilandica
Black Jetbead Rhodotypos scandens
Black Locust Robinia pseudo-acacia
Black Mulberry, Common Mulberry Morus nigra
Black Oak Quercus velutina
Black Poplar Populus nigra
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa
Bladdernut Staphylea
Blood Currant Ribes sanguineum
Blood-Twig Cornel Cornus Sanguinea
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana
Blue Honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea
Blue Mountain Heath Phyllodoce caerulea
Blue Oak Quercus douglasii
Bluebeard Caryopteris
Bluebeart Caryopteris incana
Blueberry Vaccinium
Blueberry Willow Salix nigricans
Bog Bilberry Vaccinium uliginosum
Bog Heather Erica tetralix
Bog Rosemary Andromeda polifolia
Bog Whortleberry Vaccinium uliginosum
Bog Willow Salix myrtilloides
Bony Berry Osteomeles
Bottle Brush Callistemon citrinus
Bottle-Brush Buckeye Aesculus parviflora
Bowwood Maclura pomifera
Box Elder Acer negundo
Box Thorn Lycium
Box Tree Buxus
Box-Leaf Azara Azara microphylla
Bramble Rubus fruticosus
Brasiletto Caesalpinia
Bristlecone Pine Pinus aristata
Broad-Leaved Lime Tilia platyphyllos
Broad-Leaved Maple Acer macrophyllum
Broad-Leaved Spindle Tree Euonymus latifolius
Broom Cytisus
Buckeye Aesculus
Buckthorn Rhamnus
Buffalo Currant Ribes odoratum
Bull Bay Magnolia grandiflora
Burr Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Bush Cinquefoi Potentilla fruticosa
Bush Groundsel Baccharis Halimifolia
Bush Honey-Suckle Diervilla
Butterfly Bush Buddleja
Butternut Juglans cinerea
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis
Cabbage Tree Cordyline Australis
Calico Bush Kalmia latifolia
California Bay Umbellularia californica
Californian Allspice Calycanthus occidentalis
Californian Black Oak Quercus kelloggii
Californian Laurel Umbellularia californica
Californian Lilac Ceanothus arboreus
Californian Pepper Tree Schinus molle
Californian Privet Ligustrum ovalifolium
Callistemon Callistemon
Camellia Camellia
Camperdown Elm Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii
Camphor Tree Cinnamomum camphora
Canadian Maple Acer rubrum
Canadian Yellow Birch Betula alleghaniensis
Canary Holly Ilex perado
Canoe Birch Betula papyrifera
Cappadocian Maple Acer cappadocicum
Carob Ceratonia siliqua
Carob Tree Ceratonia
Carolina Horse Chestnut Aesculus neglecta
Carolina Silverbell Halesia carolina
Cassinia Cassinia
Catalpa Catalpa
Caucasian Ivy Hedera colchica
Caucasian Oak Quercus macranthera
Caucasina Elm Zelkova carpinifolia
Caucasina Laurel Prunus laurocerasus ‘Causica
Caucasina Wing Nut Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Ceanothus Ceanothus
Cess Apple Sorbus aria
Chaste Tree Vitex
Chennar Tree Platanus orientalis
Chequer Tree Sorbus torminalis
Cherry Birch Betula lenta
Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera
Cherry Woodbine Lonicera alpigena
Chestnus Oak Lithocarpus densiflorus
Chestnut Castanea
Chestnut Oak Quercus petraea
Chestnut-Leaved Oak Quercus castaneifolia
Chile Eucryphia Eucryphia glutinosa
Chilean Firebush Embothrium coccineum
Chinaberry Melia azedarach
Chinese Angelica Tree Aralia chinensis
Chinese Aralia Aralia chinensis
Chinese Ash Fraxinus chinensis
Chinese Beech Fagus engleriana
Chinese Birch Betula chinensis
Chinese Buckthorn Rhamnus utilis
Chinese Bush Cherry Prunus glandulosa
Chinese Cedar Toona sinensis
Chinese Chestnut Castanea mollissima
Chinese Elm Ulmus parvifolia
Chinese Flowering Ash Fraxinus sieboldiana
Chinese Hackberry Celtis sinensis
Chinese Hazel Corylus chinensis
Chinese Horse Chestnut Aesculus chinensis
Chinese Lilac Syringa chinensis
Chinese Mahonia Mahonia fortunei
Chinese Persimmon Diospyros kaki
Chinese Pistachio Pistasia chinensis
Chinese Poplar Populus lasiocarpa
Chinese Prinsepia Prinsepia sinensis
Chinese Privet Ligustrum sinense
Chinese Red-Barked Birch Betula albosinensis
Chinese Redbud Cercis chinensis
Chinese Sassafras Sassafras tzumu
Chinese Sumach Rhus potaninii
Chinese Tea Camellia sinensis
Chinese Toon Toona sinensis
Chinese Tulp Tree Liriodendron chinense
Chinese Varnish Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Chinese Windmill Palm Trachycarpus fortunei
Chinese Wing Nut Pterocarya stenoptera
Chinese Wolfberry Licium chinense
Choke Cherry Prunus virginiana
Chokeberry Aronia
Christ’s Thorn Paliurus spina-christi
Chusan Palm Trachycarpus fortunei
Cider Gum Eucalyptus gunnii
Ciliated Heath Erica ciliaris
Cinnamon Cinnamomum
Cinquefoil Potentilla
Clammy Locust Robinia viscosa
Clove Currant Ribes odoratum
Cobnut Corylus Avellana
Coffee Tree Gymnocladus
Colchis Ivy Hedera colchica
Colgüe Nothofagus dombeyi
Common Alder Alnus glutinosa
Common Almond Prunus dulcis
Common Ash Fraxinus excelsior
Common Barberry Berberis vulgaris
Common Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Common Beech, European Beech Fagus sylvatica
Common Box Buxus sempervirens
Common Broom Cytisus scoparius
Common Camellia Camellia japonica
Common Catalpa Catalpa bignonioides
Common Choke Cherry Prunus virginiana
Common Dogwood Cornus sanguinea
Common Dwarf Willow Salix repens
Common Elder Sambucus nigra
Common Elm Ulmus minor
Common Fig Ficus carica
Common Heather Calluna vulgaris
Common Holly Ilex aquifolium
Common Hop Tree Ptelea trifoliata
Common Hornbeam Carpinus betulus
Common Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum
Common Laburnum Laburnum anagyroides
Common Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Common Lilac Syringa vulgaris
Common Linden Tilia cordata
Common Myrtle Myrtus communis
Common Oak Quercus robur
Common Olive Olea europaea
Common Osier Salix viminalis
Common Pawpaw Asimina triloba
Common Privet Ligustrum vulgare
Common Quince Cydonia oblonga
Common Sallow Salix caprea
Common Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Common Silver Birch Betula pendula
Common Tea Camellia sinensis
Common Walnut Juglans regia
Common White Birch Betula pubescens
Common Wild Medlar Mespilus germanica
Common Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Common Woad-Waxen Genista tinctoria
Commun Oleander Nerium oleander
Connemera Heath Daboecia cantabrica
Coral Bark Maple Acer palmatum ‘Corallinum
Coral Bark Willow Salix alba ‘Chermesina’
Coral Bush Erythrina crista-galli
Coral Tree Erythrina
Coralberry Symphoricarpus orbiculatus
Coriaria Coriaria
Cork Oak Quercus suber
Cork Tree Phellodendron
Corkscrew Hazel Corylus Avellana ‘Contorta
Cornelian Cherry Cornus Mas
Cornish Heath Erica vagans
Correa Correa
Cotton Gum Nyssa aquatica
Cow Berry Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccus
Cranesbill Geranium
Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia
Creeping Willow Salix repens
Cretan Maple Acer sempervirens
Crinodendron Crinodendron
Cristal Tea Ledum Ledum palustre
Cross-Leaved Heath Erica tetralix
Crowberry Empetrum nigrum
Crown Vetch Coronilla
Cucumber Tree Magnolia acuminata
Currant Ribes
Cypress Oak Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata
Dahoon Ilex cassine
Daimio Oak Quercus dentata
Daimyo Oak Quercus dentata
Daisybush Olearia
Damson Prunus spinosa
Dane’s Elder Sambucus ebulus
Daphne Daphne
Daphne Willow Salix daphnoides
Dark-Leaved Willow Salix nigricans
Date Plum Diospyros lotus
Davidia Davidia
Deciduous Stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia
Deep-Veined Maple Acer argutum
Delavay’s Magnolia Magnolia delavayi
Dense Head Mountain Ash Sorbus alnifolia
Deutzia Deutzia
Devil Wood Osmanthus americanus
Devil’s Club Oplopanax horridus
Devil’s Walkingstick Aralia spinosa
Dewberry Rubus caesius
Dipteronia Dipteronia
Dogwood Cornus
Dombey’s Southern Beech Nothofagus dombeyi
Dorset Heath Erica ciliaris
Double Furze Ulex europaus
Double Gean Prunus avium ‘Plena
Douglas Spirea Spiraea douglasii
Dove Tree Davidia involucrata
Downy Birch Betula pubescens
Downy Japanese Maple Acer japonicum
Downy Oak Quercus pubescens
Dracena Cordyline
Dragon’s Claw Willow Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa
Drimys Drimys
Duck Oak Quercus nigra
Dukke Of Argyll’s Tea Tree Licium chinense
Durmast Oak Quercus petraea
Dutch Elm Ulmus hollandica
Dwarf American Cherry Prunus pumila
Dwarf Birch Betula nana
Dwarf Cherry Prunus fruticosa
Dwarf Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis
Dwarf Furze Ulex minor
Dwarf Gorse Ulex minor
Dwarf Maple Acer glabrum
Dwarf Russian Almond Prunus tenella
Dwarf Willow Salix herbacea
Dyer’s Greenweed Genista tinctoria
Dyer’s Oak Quercus velutina
Eared Sallow Salix aurita
Eastern Hop Hornbeam Ostrya virginiana
Eastern Hornbeam Carpinus orientalis
Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis
Edging Box Buxus sempervirens cv. ‘Suffruticosa
Elaeagnus Elaeagnus
Elaeagnus Willow Salix elaeagnos
Elder Sambucus
Elm Ulmus
Elm Zelkova Zelkova carpinifolia
English Holly Ilex aquifolium
English Oak Quercus robur
English Walnut Juglans regia
Erdbeere Fragaria ananassa
Erman’s Birch Betula ermanii
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus
Eucommia Eucommia
Eucryphia Eucryphia
European Alder Alnus incana
European Ash Fraxinus excelsior
European Aspen Populus tremula
European Bird Cherry Prunus padus
European Bladdernut Staphylea pinnata
European Cranberry Bush Viburnum opulus
European Dewberry Rubus caesius
European Elder Sambucus nigra
European Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis
European Golden Ball Forsythia europaea
European Hazel Corylus Avellana
European Hop Hornbeam Ostrya carpinifolia
European Hornbeam Carpinus betulus
European Mountain Ash Sorbus aucuparia
European Privet Ligustrum vulgare
European Red Elder Sambucus racemosa
European Turkey Oak Quercus cerris
European White Birch Betula pendula
European White Lime Tilia tomentosa
Evergreen Buckthorn Rhamnus alaternus
Evergreen Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
Evergreen Oak Quercus ilex
Exochorda Exochorda
False Acacia Robinia pseudo-acacia
False Beech Nothofagus
False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa
False Spirea Sorbaria
False Tamarisk Myricaria
Fan Berry Vaccinium oxycoccus
Fan Palm Chamaerops
Farges Catalpa Catalpa fargesii
February Daphne Daphne mezereum
Fever Bush Lindera benzoin
Field Elm Ulmus minor
Field Maple, Hedge Maple Acer campestre
Fig Tree Ficus carica
Filbert Corylus avellana
Finnish Whitebeam Sorbus hybrida
Fir Abies
Fire Bush Embothrium
Fire Thorn Pyracantha
Five Stamen Tamarisk Tamarix tetrandra
Flag Honeysuckle Lonicera xylosteum
Flowering Ash Fraxinus ornus
Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum
Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida
Flowering Plum Prunus triloba
Fly Honeysuckle Lonicera xylosteum
Folgner’s Whitebeam Sorbus folgneri
Fontainebleau Service Tree Sorbus latifolia
Fontanesia Fontanesia
Formosan Sweet Gum Liquidambar formosana
Forsythia Forsythia intermedia
Foxtail Pine Pinus balfouriana
Fragrant Thimbleberry Rubus odoratus
French Lavender Lavandula stoechas
French Maple Acer monspessulanum
French Sumac Coriaria myrtifolia
French Willow Salix triandra
Fringe Tree Chionanthus virginicus
Fringed Heath Erica ciliaris
Fuchsia Fuchsia
Fullmoon Maple Acer japonicum
Furze Ulex
Garland Flower Daphne cneorum
Gentian Gentiana
German Broom Genista germanica
German Tamarisk Myricaria germanica
German Woad-Waxen Genista germanica
Germander Spirea Spiraea chamaedryfolia
Ghost Tree Davidia involucrata
Giant Dogwood Cornus controversa
Giant Filbert Corylus maxima
Glabrous Willow Salix glabra
Glory Bower Clerodendrum
Glory Pea Clianthus Puniceus
Glory Tree Clerodendrum
Glossy Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula
Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum
Goat Willow Salix caprea
Gold Ash Fraxinus excelsior ‘Jaspidea’
Gold Rain Tree Koelreuteria
Golden Chain Laburnum
Golden Chain Laburnum Laburnum anagyroides
Golden Hardhack Potentilla fruticosa
Golden Heather Cassinia fulvida
Golden Rain Laburnum anagyroides
Golden Sycomore Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Worleyi
Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Gorse Ulex europaus
Grape Elder Sambucus racemosa
Great Cob Corylus maxima
Great Sallow Salix caprea
Grecian Laurel Laurus nobilis
Gree Osier Cornus alternifolia
Green Alder Alnus viridis
Green Broom Genista tinctoria
Grey Alder Alnus incana
Grey Birch Betula populifolia
Grey Sallow Salix cinerea
Grey Snake-Bark Maple Acer rufinerve
Grey-Budded Snake-Bark Maple Acer rufinerve
Groundcherry Prunus fruticosa
Groundsel Senecio
Guelder Rose Viburnum opulus
Gum Cistus Cistus ladanifer
Gum Tree Eucalyptus
Gutta-Percha Tree Eucommia ulmoides
Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
Hagberry Prunus padus
Hairy Genista Genista pilosa
Hairy Greenweed Genista pilosa
Halberd- Leaved Willow Salix hastata
Halimium Halimium
Hardy Catalpa Catalpa speciosa
Hardy Rubber Tree Eucommia ulmoides
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’
Hawthorn Maple Acer crataegifolium
Hawthorn-Leaved Maple Acer crataegifolium
Hazel Corylus avellana
Headache Tree Umbellularia californica
Heath Erica
Heather Calluna
Hebe Hebe
Hedge Apple Maclura pomifera
Hedgehog Holly Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox’
Heldreich’s Maple Acer heldreichii
Hemp Tree Vitex agnus-castus
Hercules Club Aralia spinosa
Hickory Carya
Highbushblueberry Vaccinium corymbosum
Highclere Holly Ilex altaclerensis
Himalayan Birch Betula utilis
Hoary Willow Salix elaeagnos
Hogweed Cytisus scoparius
Holly Ilex
Holly Oak Quercus ilex
Holly Tree Ilex aquifolium
Holly-Leaved Cherry Prunus ilicifolia
Holm Oak Quercus ilex
Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Honeysuckle Lonicera
Hop Hornbeam Ostrya
Hop Tree Ptelea trifoliata
Hornbeam Carpinus
Hornbeam Ash Sorbus alnifolia
Hornbeam Maple Acer carpinifolium
Horse Chestnut Aesculus
Hungairian Oak Quercus frainetto
Hungarian Lilac Syringa josikaea
Hungarian Silver Lime Tilia tomentosa
Hupeh Rowan Sorbus hupehensis
Hybrid Catalpa Catalpa erubescens ‘Purpurea’
Hydrangea Hydrangea
Idesia Idesia
Indian Bean Tree Catalpa bignonioides
Indian Currant Symphoricarpus orbiculatus
Indian Horse Chestnus Aesculus indica
Indigo Plant Indigofera
Irish Heath Daboecia
Iron Tree Parrotia persica
Ironwood Ostrya virginiana
Italian Alder Alnus cordata
Italian Buckthorn Rhamnus alaternus
Italian Maple Acer opalus
Italian Oak Quercus frainetto
Ivy Hedera
Japanes Apricot Prunus mume
Japanese Angelica Tree Aralia elata
Japanese Anis Tree Illicium anisatum
Japanese Aucuba Aucuba japonica
Japanese Beech Fagus japonica
Japanese Big-Leaved Magnolia Magnolia hypoleuca
Japanese Big-Leaved Oak Quercus aliena
Japanese Bitter Orange Poncirus trifoliata
Japanese Cherry Prunus serrulata
Japanese Chestnut-Leaved Oak Quercus acutissima
Japanese Crab Malus floribunda
Japanese Euonymus Euonymus japonicus
Japanese Evergreen Oak Quercus acuta
Japanese Flowering Crab Apple Malus floribunda
Japanese Golddust Tree Aucuba japonica
Japanese Hornbeam Carpinus japonica
Japanese Horse Chestnut Aesculus turbinata
Japanese Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Japanese Kerria Kerria japonica
Japanese Mahonia Mahonia japonica
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Japanese Medlar Eriobotrya japonica
Japanese Pagoda Tree Sophora japonica
Japanese Pepper Zanthoxylum piperitum
Japanese Privet Ligustrum japonicum
Japanese Raisin Tree Hovenia dulcis
Japanese Rowan Sorbus commixta
Japanese Snowball Viburnum plicatum
Japanese Stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia
Japanese Walnut Juglans ailanthifolia
Japanese Weeping Pagoda Tree Sophora japonica ‘Pendula’
Japanese White Birch Betula platyphylla var. japonica
Japanese White Pine Pinus parviflora
Japanese Wing Nut Pterocarya rhoifolia
Japanese Zelkova Zelkova serrata
Jasmin Box Phillyrea latifolia
Jasmine Jasminum
Jerusalem Sage Phlomis fruticosa
Jerusalem Thorn Paliurus spina-christi
Jessamine Cestrum
Jetbead Rhodotypos
Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum
Jujube Ziziphus jujuba
Kaki Plum Diospyros kaki
Kalmia Kalmia
Kalopanax Kalopanax
Kashmir Rowan Sorbus cashmiriana
Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum
Keaki Zelkova serrata
Kentucky Coffee Tree Gymnocladus dioicus
Kermes Oak Quercus coccifera
Kerria Kerria
Kidney-Vetch Anthyllis
Killarney Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo
King-Nut Carya laciniosa
Kobus Magnolia Magnolia kobus
Kolkwitzia Kolkwitzia
Korean Fir Abies koreana
Korean Maple Acer pseudosieboldianum
Kousa Dogwood Cornus kousa
Kowhai Sophora tetraptera
Labrador Tea Ledum groenlandicum
Laburnocytisus Laburnocytisus
Laburnum Laburnum
Lads’s Love Artemisia abrotanum
Lambert Nut Corylus Maxima
Lambkill Kalmia Kalmia angustifolia
Large-Flowered St. Johns Wort Hypericum calycinum
Large-Leaved Cucumber Tree Magnolia macrophylla
Large-Leaved Lime Tilia platyphyllos
Large-Leaved Magnolia Magnolia macrophylla
Laurel Laurus
Laurel Willow Salix pentandra
Laurel-Leaved Rock Rose Cistus laurifolius
Laurestinus Viburnum Viburnum tinus
Laurustine Viburnum tinus
Laurustinus Viburnum tinus
Lavender Lavandula
Lavender Willow Salix elaeagnos
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens
Least Willow Salix herbacea
Lebanon Oak Quercus libani
Ledum Ledum
Lilac Syringa
Lily Magnolia Magnolia liliiflora
Lily Of The Vlley Tree Clethra arborea
Lime Tree Tilia
Lime-Leaved Maple Acer distylum
Linden Tilia
Ling Calluna vulgaris
Lion’s Ear Leonotis leonurus
Lion’s-Ear Leonotis
Little Shellbark Hickory Carya ovata
Little Tree Willow Salix arbuscula
Little-Leaf Linden Tilia cordata
Lobster’s Claw Clianthus puniceus
Locust Robinia
Locust Tree Ceratonia siliqua
London Plane Platanus hispanica
Loquat Eriobotrya
Lucombe Oak Quercus hispanica ‘Lucombeana’
Ludwig’s Oak Quercus ludoviciana
Macckia Maackia
Macedonian Oak Quercus trojana
Madeira Holly Ilex perado
Madrone Arbutus
Magellan Fuchsia Fuchsia magellanica
Magnolia Magnolia
Mahonia Mahonia
Mallow Hibiscus syriacus
Manchurian Cherry Prunus maackii
Manchurian Lime Tilia mandshurica
Manchurian Linden Tilia mandshurica
Manchurian Maple Acer mandshuricum
Manchurian Walnut Juglans mandshurica
Manna Ash Fraxinus ornus
Manzanita Arctostaphylos
Maple Acer
Maritime Pine Pinus pinaster
Marsh Ledum Ledum palustre
Marsh Rosemary Andromeda polifolia
Mastic Tree Schinus molle
Maximowicz Maple Acer maximowiczianum
Mealy Guleder Rose Viburnum lantana
Medic Medicago
Mediterranean Buckthorn Rhamnus alaternus
Mediterranean Herb Elder Sambucus ebulus
Medlar Mespilus germanica
Melaleuca Melaleuca
Mexican Orange Blossom Choisya ternata
Mezereon Daphne mezereum
Mezereon Willow Salix daphnoides
Milkwort Polygala chamaebuxus
Miyabe’s Maple Acer miyabei
Mock Orange Philadelphus coronarius
Mock Privet Phillyrea
Monarch Birch Betula maximowicziana
Mongolian Birch Betula davurica
Mongolian Lime Tilia mongolica
Mongolian Linden Tilia mongolica
Mongolian Oak Quercus mongolica
Monks Pepper Vitex agnus-castus
Montpellier Maple Acer monspessulanum
Moon Trefoil Medicago arborea
Moorwort Rosmarinus officinalis
Moosberry Vaccinium oxycoccus
Moose Bark Maple Acer pensylvanicum
Moosewood Acer pensylvanicum
Mop Head Acacia Robinia pseudo-acacia ‘Umbraculifera’
Mossy-Cup Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Mount Etna Broom Genista aetnensis
Mountain Ash Sorbus aucuparia
Mountain Cranberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Mountain Currant Ribes alpinum
Mountain Heath Phyllodoce
Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia
Mountain Maple Acer spicatum
Mountain Peony Paeonia suffruticosa
Mountain Snowdrop Tree Halesia monticola
Mountain Trefoil Medicago arborea
Mulberry Morus
Myrobolan Plum Prunus cerasifera
Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica
Myrtle Coriaria Coriaria myrtifolia
Myrtle Tree Nothofagus cunnighamii
Myrtle-Leaved Willow Salix myrtilloides
Nandina Nandina
Nannyberry Viburnum lentago
Narrow-Leaved Ash Fraxinus angustifolia
Narrow-Leaved Vetch Phillyrea angustifoli
Needle Furze Genista anglica
Needle Woad-Waxen Genista anglica
Nettle Tree Celtis australis
Nettle Tree, Sugarberry Celtis
New Zealand Christmas Tree Metrosideros excelsa
New Zealand Sophora Sophora tetraptera
Nine Bark Physocarpus opulifolius
Nirre Nothofagus antartica
North American Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa
Northern Japanese Magnolia Magnolia kobus
Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Norway Spruce Picea abies
Nuttall’s Dogwood Cornus nuttallii
Nwe Zealand Pittosporum Pittosporum tenuifolium
Nyman’s Eurcryphia Eucryphia nymansensis
Oak Quercus
Oak-Leaved Mountain Ash Sorbus hybrida
Officinal Storax Styrax officinalis
Ohio Buckeye Aesculus glabra
Old English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Old English Poplar Populus nigra
Old-Man Wormwood Artemisia abrotanum
Oleander Nerium
Oleaster Elaeagnus angustifolia
Olive Tree Olea
Olive Tree-Leaved Spurge Daphne oleoides
Oliver’s Lime Tilia oliveri
Oliver’s Linden Tilia oliveri
One-Leaved Ash Fraxinus excelsior ‘Diversifolia’
Opalus Maple Acer opalus
Orange Ball Tree Buddleja globosa
Orange Blossom Choisya
Oregon Ash Fraxinus latifolia
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
Oregon Maple Acer macrophyllum
Oregon Myrtle Umbellularia californica
Oriental Cherry Prunus serrulata
Oriental Hornbeam Carpinus orientalis
Oriental Liquidambar Liquidambar orientalis
Oriental Plane Platanus orientalis
Oriental Sweet Gum Liquidambar orientalis
Osage Orange Maclura
Osier Salix
Osmanthus Osmanthus
Oval-Leaf Privet Ligustrum ovalifolium
Overcup Oak Quercus lyrata
Oyama Magnolia Magnolia sieboldii
Père David’s Maple Acer davidii
Pacific Dogwood Cornus nuttallii
Pagoda Dogwood Cornus alternifolia
Pagoda Tree Sophora japonica
Painted Mona Maple Acer mono
Pale Sweet Shrub Calycanthus fertilis
Paliurus Paliurus
Papaw Asimina
Paper Birch Betula papyrifera
Paper Mulberry Broussonetia papyrifera
Paperbark Maple Acer griseum
Parasol Acacia Robinia pseudo-acacia ‘Umbraculifera’
Parrot’s Bill Clianthus puniceus
Parrotbeak Clianthus
Parrotia Parrotia
Pawpaw Asimina triloba
Pea Shrub Caragana
Pea Tree Caragna arborescens
Peach Prunus persica
Pear Pyrus
Pecan Nut Carya illinoinensis
Peking Willow Salix matsudana
Pendunculate Oak Quercus robur
Peony Paeonia
Pepper Tree Schinus molle
Pepperidge Nyssa sylvatica
Pepperidge Bush Berberis vulgaris
Perny’s Holly Ilex pernyi
Persian Acacia Albizia julibrissin
Persian Ironwood Parrotia persica
Persian Ivy Hedera colchica
Persian Lilac Syringa persica
Persian Oak Quercus macranthera
Persian Parrotia Parrotia persica
Persian Walnut Juglans regia
Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Petty Whin Genista anglica
Phillyrea Phillyrea latifolia
Pieris Pieris
Pin Oak Quercus palustris
Pine Pinus
Pink Siris Albizia julibrissin
Pinyon Pine Pinus cembroides
Pistache Pistacia
Pittosporum Pittosporum
Plane Platanus
Plane Tree Platanus hispanica
Plum Prunus
Pocket-Handkerchief Tree Davidia involucrata
Pomegrenate Punica granatum
Poncirus Poncirus
Pontic Oak Quercus pontica
Poplar Populus
Poplar-Leaved Rock Rose Cistus populifolius
Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica
Post Oak Quercus stellata
Prickly Ash Zanthoxylum
Pride Of India Koelreuteria paniculata
Prinsepia Prinsepia
Privet Ligustrum
Provence Broom Cytisus purgans
Pubescent Birch Betula pubescens
Pubescent Oak Quercus pubescens
Punica Punica
Purge Broom Cytisus purgans
Purging Thorn Hippophae rhamnoides
Purple Ash Fraxinus Angustifolia ‘Raywood’
Purple Japanese Maple Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
Purple Osier Salix purpurea
Purple Willow Salix purpurea
Purple-Flowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus
Purple-Leaved Barberry Berberis vulgaris ‘Atropurpurea’
Purple-Leaved Birch Betula pendula ‘Purpurea’
Purple-Leaved Sand Cherry Prunus cistena
Purpre Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Atropurpureum’
Pussy Willow Salix caprea
Pyrenean Oak Quercus pyrenaica
Queen’s Grape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica
Quercitron Oak Quercus velutina
Quickbeam Sorbus aucuparia
Quince Cydonia
Ragwort Senecio
Raisin Tree Hovenia
Raoul Beech Nothofagus procera
Rauli Nothofagus procera
Red Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Red Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Red Bilberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia
Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia
Red Horse Chestnut Aesculus carnea
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Red Mulberry Morus rubra
Red Oak Quercus rubra
Red Snake-Bark Maple Acer capillipes
Red Whortleberry Vaccinium uliginosum
Red Willow Salix purpurea
Red-Barked Dogwood Cornus Alba
Red-Berried Elder Sambucus racemosa
Redbud Cercis
River Birch Betula nigra
Roble Nothofagus obliqua
Roble Pellin Nothofagus obliqua
Rockrose Cistus
Rocky Mountain Maple Acer glabrum
Rose Rosa
Rose Acacia Robinia hispida
Rose Bay Nerium oleander
Rose Of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
Rosemary Rosmarinus
Rouen Lilac Syringa chinensis
Rough-Barked Maple Acer triflorum
Round-Ear Willow Salix aurita
Rowan Sorbus aucuparia
Rumanian Oak Quercus macranthera
Russian Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Sacred Bamboo Nandina domestica
Sage Salvia
Sage-Brush Artemisia
Sage-Leaved Rock Rose Cistus salvifolius
Sallow Thorn Hippophae rhamnoides
Salt Tree Halimodendron halodendron
Saltbush, Orache Atriplex
Sand Cherry Prunus pumila
Sargent’s Cjherry Prunus sargentii
Sargent’s Rowan Sorbus sargentiana
Sassafras Sassafras
Sauces Magnolia Magnolia soulangeana
Scarlet Maple Acer rubrum
Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea
Scarlet Willow Salix alba ‘Chermesina’
Scorpion Senna Coronilla emerus
Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius
Scotch Heath Erica cinerea
Scotch Heather Calluna vulgaris
Scotch Laburnum Laburnum alpinum
Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris
Sea Buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides
Senna Cassia
Service Tree Sorbus domestica
Service Tree Mountain Ash Sorbus domestica
Serviceberry, Juneberry Amelanchier spicata
Sessile Oak Quercus petraea
Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata
Sharp-Leaved Willow Salix acutifolia
Sheep Laurel Kalmia latifolia
Sheep-Berry Viburnum lentago
Shellbark Hickory Carya laciniosa
Shingle Oak Quercus imbricaria
Shiny-Leaved Yellow-Horn Xanthoceras sorbifolium
Shrubberies Staphylea pinnata
Shrubby Althea Hibiscus syriacus
Shrubby Birch Betula humilis
Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa
Shrubby Horehound Ballota
Shrubby Treefoil Ptelea trifoliata
Shrubby Trefoil Jasminum fruticans
Shumard Red Oak Quercus shumardii
Siberian Crab Malus baccata
Siberian Salt Tree Halimodendron halodendron
Siebold Maple Acer sieboldianum
Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin
Silk-Tassel Tree Garrya
Silky Broom Genista pilosa
Silver Bell Halesia monticola
Silver Berry Elaeagnus communata
Silver Birch Betula pendula
Silver Heather Cassinia vauvilliersii Albida
Silver Lime Tilia tomentosa
Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Silver Poplar Populus alba ‘Nivea’
Silverleaf Magnolia Magnolia hypoleuca
Simmondsia Jojoba
Single-Leaf Pinyon Pinus monophylla
Sinleaf Yellow-Horn Xanthoceras sorbifolium
Sloe Prunus spinosa
Sloe Bush Prunus spinosa
Small Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccus
Small-Flowered Rock Rose Cistus parviflorus
Small-Leaved Lime Tilia cordata
Smoke Tree Cotinus coggygria
Smooth Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Smooth Sumac Rhus glabra
Smooth-Leaved Elm Ulmus minor
Snake-Bark Maple Acer grosseri
Snow Gum Eucalyptus niphophila
Snow Wreath Neviusia
Snowball Viburnum
Snowbell Tree Styrax japonicus
Snowberry Symphoricarpus
Snowdrop Tree Halesia
Sorrel Tree Oxydendrum arboreum
Sour Cherry Prunus cerasus
Sour Tree Oxydendrum arboreum
Sourwood Oxydendrum
Southern Ash Fraxinus angustifolia
Southern Catalpa Catalpa bignonioides
Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
Southern Nettle Tree Celtis australis
Southern Poplar Populus balsamifera
Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
Spanish Box Buxus balearica
Spanish Broom Spartium junceum
Spanish Chestnut Castanea sativa
Spanish Oak Quercus hispanica
Spanish’s Broom Spartium
Speckled Alder Alnus incana
Spice Bush Lindera
Spike Broom Cytisus nigricans
Spike Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Spike Winter Hazel Corylopsis spicata
Spindle Tree Euonymus
Spiny Furze Genista germanica
Spirea Spiraea
Spur Leaf Tetracentron sinense
Spurge Laurel Daphne laureola
St. Antony’s Nut Staphylea pinnata
St. Daboec’s Heath Daboecia cantabrica
St. John’s Bread Ceratonia
St. John’s Wort Hypericum
Stag’s Horn Sumach Rhus typhina
Staghorn Rhus typhina
Star Anise Illicium anisatum
Star Magnolia Magnolia stellata
Stewartia Stewartia
Stinking Ash Ptelea trifoliata
Storax Styrax
Strawberry Fragaria ananassa
Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo
Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Sugarberry Celtis
Sumach Rhus
Sutherlandia Sutherlandia
Swamp Bay Magnolia virginiana
Swamp Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum
Swamp Hickory Carya cordiformis
Swamp Oak Quercus palustris
Swamp Tupelo Nyssa aquatica
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
Swedish Mountain Ash Sorbus intermedia
Swedish Whitebeam Sorbus intermedia
Sweet Amber Hypericum androsaemum
Sweet Bay Magnolia virginiana
Sweet Birch Betula lenta
Sweet Buckeye Aesculus flava
Sweet Chestnut Tree Castanea sativa
Sweet Fern Comptonia peregrina
Sweet Gum Liquidambar
Sweet Pepper Bush Clethra alnifolia
Sweet Shrub Calycanthus
Sweet Spire Itea
Sweet-Berry Honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea
Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus
Syringa Syringa vulgaris
Szechuan White Birch Betula platyphylla var. szechuanica
Tacamahac Populus balsamifera
Tallow Tree Sapium
Tamarisk Tamarix
Tan Oak Lithocarpus densiflorus
Tanbark Oak Lithocarpus densiflorus
Tartar Maple Acer tataricum
Tartar Privet Cornus alba
Tartarian Cornel Coriaria myrtifolia
Tasmanian Myrtle Nothofagus cunnighamii
Tatarian Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica
Tatarian Maple Acer tataricum
Tea Plant Camellia sinensis
Tetracentron Tetracentron
Texan Walnut Juglans microcarpa
Thornless Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’
Thuringe Hybrid Ash Sorbus thuringiaca
Tibetan Cherry Prunus serrula
Tick Clover Desmodium
Tick-Trefoil Desmodium elegans
Toon Toona
Transcaucasian Birch Betula medwediewii
Tree Alfalfa Medicago arborea
Tree Heath Erica arborea
Tree Ivy Hedera helix ‘Arborescens’
Tree Medic Medicago arborea
Tree Of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa
Tree Privet Ligustrum lucidum
Tree Purslane Atriplex halimus
Trembling Aspen Populus tremula
Trident Maple Acer buergerianum
Trifoliate Orange Poncirus trifoliata
True Bay Laurus nobilis
True Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
True Myrtle Myrtus communis
True Service Tree Sorbus domestica
Tulip Tree Liriodendron
Tupelo Nyssa
Turkey Oak Quercus cerris
Turki Corylus maxima
Turkish Filbert Corylus colurna
Turkish Hazel Corylus colurna
Turner’s Oak Quercus turneri
Tutsan Hypericum androsaemum
Twisted Heath Erica cinerea
Umbellularia Umbellularia
Umbrella Tree Magnolia tripetala
Van Volxem’s Maple Acer velutinum vanvolxemii
Veitch’s Hybrid Magnolia Magnolia veitchii
Venetian Sumach Cotinus coggygria
Vilmorin’s Rowan Sorbus vilmorinii
Vine Maple Acer circinatum
Vine-Leaved Maple Acer cissifolium
Violet Viola
Violet Willow Salix daphnoides
Virginia Sweet Spires Itea virginica
Virginia Willow Itea virginica
Virginian Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Voss’s Laburnum Laburnum watereri ‘Vossii’
Walnut Juglans
Warminster Broom Cytisus praecox
Warted Spindle Tree Euonymus verrucosus
Water Birch Betula occidentalis
Water Elder Viburnum opulus
Water Oak Quercus nigra
Water Tupelo Nyssa aquatica
Wax Myrtle Myrica
Wayfaring Tree Viburnum lantana
Weawer’s Broom Spartium junceum
Weeping Ash Fraxinus excelsior ‘Pendula’
Weeping Birch Betula pendula
Weeping Hornbeam Carpinus betulus ‘Pendula’
Weeping Mulberry Morus alba ‘Pendula’
Weeping Willow Salix babylonica
Weigela Weigela
Welsh Gorse Ulex gallii
Western Catalpa Catalpa speciosa
Western Gorse Ulex gallii
White Alder Clethra
White Ash Fraxinus americana
White Beech Carpinus betulus
White Mulberry Morus alba
White Oak Quercus pubescens
White Pine Pinus strobus
White Spanish Broom Cytisus multiflorus
White Syringa Philadelphus coronarius
White Walnut Juglans cinerea
White Wood Liriodendron tulipifera
White-Leaved Jjapanese Magnolia hypoleuca
Whitebeam Sorbus aria
Whiteoak Quercus alba
Wig Tree Cotinus coggygria
Wild Cherry Prunus cerasus
Wild Jasmin Philadelphus coronarius
Wild Jasmine Jasminum fruticans
Wild Pepper Daphne mezereum
Wild Rosemary Ledum palustre
Wild Service Tree Sorbus torminalis
Willow Salix
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
Willow-Leaved Magnolia Magnolia salifolia
Windmill Palm Trachycarpus
Wing Nut Pterocarya
Winter Bark Drimys winteri
Winter Currant Ribes sanguineum
Winter Daphne Daphne odora
Winter Sweet Chimonanthus praecox
Witch Hazel Hamamelis
Wolfberry Lycium
Wormwood Artemisia
Yellow Bark Oak Quercus velutina
Yellow Bean Tree Catalpa ovata
Yellow Birch Betula alleghaniensis
Yellow Buckeye Aesculus flava
Yellow Catalpa Catalpa ovata
Yellow Chestnut Oak Quercus muehlenbergii
Yellow Jasmine Jasminum fruticans
Yellow Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
Yellow Spanish Broom Spartium junceum
Yellow-Flowered Broom Cytisus nigricans
Yellow-Horn Xanthoceras
Yellowwood Cladastris kentukea
Yoshino Cherry Prunus yedoensis
Young’s Weeping Birch Betula pendula ‘Youngii’
Yulan, Lily Tree Magnolia denudata
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VIEWER COMMENTS

We’re so grateful to the thousands of subscribers who have joined our global garden family, nearing 12,000 strong since we began posting our first Wisconsin Garden video blogs a couple of years ago.

Since nearing our 800th video, we’ve been blessed to receive tens of thousands of viewers’ kind and supportive comments, questions, tips and recipes.

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Here’s just a few of the wonderful comments we’ve recently received from some of our viewers.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS!

Enjoyed the video. You two did a great job and congratulations on your 800th video that’s amazing what a great accomplishment every time I read a comment on your videos it just really showed me how much everybody cares that’s Wonder. -Jackie Horsley

Congratulations, great milestone. I have enjoyed your videos so much. With your garden conditions pretty close to what I have here in western Iowa, I’ve learned a lot and look forward to the many videos to come. Elaine Teut

Congratulations on your 800th video. I am now in Madison with my daughter and for the first time, with your help, I made apple sauce. Also I trimmed her apple trees and I have a different way of looking into a garden. I think this is my away of saying “Lynn and Richard”, thank you. Lara Garcia

Thank you for all the pleasure you have brought to my life and to all your subscribers. Chowceo

Just look at you now, worth more than words can say. You are valuable and loved teachers that I hope will carry on for many more years. Love you guys and i learn something every video. Thank you both, blessings. Wilma Gregory

lol You guys are cute together and the garden is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing. Happy fall y’all! Christopher E. Pineda

Your videos are always such a treat to listen to. You make my day. I truly learn so much from you and your gardening adventures. Judy Herrewig

Thanks for the tour of your fall garden.  I enjoy your videos very much. There are so many flowers I can’t grow here in zone8/9 but the bulbs such as cannas, calla lily & elephant ears, etc. I grow and don’t have to lift in the fall which saves a lot of work.  I do miss the flowers I grew up with in PA, similar to what you can grow. Wanda Hellman

Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and your knowledge. Keep them coming. Oh, I subscribe on the first video, one of your lovely garden tours, I really enjoyed seeing the results of your hard work. Truly spectacular. Chris Littebrant

Lynn, when I watch your garden tours. I get so relaxed, and I find myself smiling so much. The walks around are so calming and beautiful. I try to watch all of your videos after my prayers at bedtime, so then I can go right to sleep. Big hugs!!!!! JoAnn Yelton

I’m new to your videos and I’m hooked. Life-long gardener I’m always stuck with what I knew but you have opened my eyes to new possibilities. Thanks so much, love seeing all the plants that are new to me. Wilma Gregory

I really enjoyed all your videos, especially the harvest videos! I don’t have a big garden but you inspired me & will start growing some vegetables even in containers. Apple Gonzales

Absolutely love all your videos! You guys are so sweet and fun to watch sharing your experiences with learned wisdom! Great harvest. Really like that you have annuals and perennials with your veggies as natural pest control. Beautiful gardens and lovely produce! Nancy Hogan

Oh…my goodness…it is always a joy watching you two sharing your experiences. Lara Garcia

What a beautiful harvest, there is nothing better than home grown. You make it seem so effortless, yet gardening is a lot of work but so well worth it. I look forward to watching the next, and the next video. Thank you, Judy Herrewig

You guys really inspire me , lots of information and gentle and knowledgeable people ,TY for your time I’m starting my second year in our new garden , I’ve used many ur ideas and pray for great success , thank u again. Kelleena Lochhead

I am only 69, don’t eat much and love to laugh – Will you adopt me? Seriously though, I am so grateful and blessed to have found you on my computer. You are such giving and warm people and bring such joy and beauty to everyone who watches your Vlogs. Thank you, thank you, thank you – God Bless You – Barbara White

You guys are so cute. I love the things you do! Aerie Maddox

New subscriber here – the other week I just happened upon your videos – and I am sure glad I did! You two are the cat’s pajamas – and then some LOL! Impressed & inspired by all your energy & positive attitudes! If I was Calvin (as in Calvin & Hobbes) I would put you in a duplicator machine – we could use more like you in the world! God Bless!! P.S. You don’t need to go rooftop to impress me – I was already – please be careful!!!!! 🙂 Annie65H

Dear Lynn and Richard, you two are goldmines…..true goldmines. If people only knew how much money, time, effort and knowledge it takes to do what you do, they would all agree! You both inspire me so much. I lost my husband of 36 years a few weeks ago, and I am deeply grieving. Your relationship reminds me of ours. Partners for life, lovers for life and friends for life! Thank you for all you do. Linda Kordich

I visited Wisconsin Gardens today. Their yard looks like a park! It is absolutely stunning – flowers, shrubs, vegetable gardens, and a “Book Library” for people to stop and read, take home, or donate a book. I even had some of my garden questions answered. Jan Endries

Good morning Lynn and Richard ~ First, let me say ‘thank you!’ for your great response to my initial inquiry. Never did I expect such wonderful customer service (and I’m not really even your customer!). Your obvious commitment and love for what you do is refreshing and appreciated. Doni Beauregard

…I thought my parents were the hardest working retired people I know but the two of you beat them! Thanks for all your videos. Carol Jean Gardens

 

 

 

Great job Logan and what wonderful Grandparents you have to work with you like this. It thrills my heart to see all of you working together . I also have my grandchildren over to do things with me. Grandchildren are the best. keep up the good work. Joan Shute

Sweet and funny video! Kept me grinning and chuckling the entire time. Getting to see Lynn’s personality shine was a real treat. You are both very sweet. I’m a recent subscriber; and i thank you both for all that you do! Zenda Morrison

I am amazed by your gardens. As I sat here with a severe head cold, on the best day we’ve had all season, I watched all 4 parts and you brightened my day…You open your gardens, your knowledge and your hearts to us all the while finding some semblance of sanity in what we call lives – bravo and thank you! Susan Mandeville

Hey! I’ve never commented but I feel compelled to reach out to you guys. Four years ago, we lived in Portland OR and had sustained many many years of victory garden gardening. I managed to feed my family of 6 with much of what I grew (and canned) and was even featured in the local paper. Well my husband was transferred for his job to Green Bay Wisconsin. Up until then, I probably would not have been able to point out Wisconsin on a map, let alone know what it was like to live (and garden) there. So I went to YouTube to find ANYTHING about Wisconsin and gardening in Wisconsin to see if I could keep doing my wonderful hobby in this new place I would call home. Your Vlog was kind of my bible for quite a while. It allowed to me to see a new part of the country and that I could easily garden there. You guys gave me such hope. Well, fast forward four years and I am happy to say that our move here was quite successful. We L-O-V-E Green Bay, we love Wisconsin – we can’t imagine living anywhere else. We managed to purchase our dream property out in the country and are building our new home and new garden space this summer. We just raised our first flock of baby chicks to free range on our property. And after living here, you two embody the spirit of Wisconsin. Kind, generous, no nonsense, enjoy life, living well with neighbors and nature, concise, speaks your mind, taking the best care of what God has given you. Thank you for being my first taste of Wisconsin! Quick question – what do you mulch your vegetable beds with? Years ago I remember you put grass clippings but it looked like straw on them? Thanks again Shannan Deshazer

I always enjoy watching your videos and I also am always more than happy to give you a thumbs up. B. I guess it takes all types, but the ONE thumbs down guy…oh well…never mind. Why give him or her any attention? Randy Watts

You guys are like family. I love your sessions/lessons. Thank you. I am from Long Island, New York….And in my later stage of life, I work in a very fine nursery. You simplify your presentations to make them very easy to follow, and understand. A compliment. If I can add anything to assist….please ask…….Patrick Walsh. 

Thank you for sharing your videos! Absolutely amazing! I am in awe of how you can maintain such a garden of such magnitude! Thank You! Caitlin Haack

I hope your neighbors’ love you guys as much as I love you guys! You’re awesome! ❤ Christopher E. Pineda

Great jobbbbbbbbb love it plz keep making more videos also I think a yellow plant would brighten it up in the planting and a red rose or maybe a peony but loved the video I give you a big big thumbs up keep it up and keep gardening!!! Derick Thomad

The wife would love to have one in our front garden. Yours looks great 👍. Cheers Roger Barossa Valley South Australia. Roger Leslie

I always loved you guys. Now I adore you. ❤❤❤ Ann Daly

That is soooo cute….What a neat idea…wish I were your neighbor…. blessings. JoAnn Yelton

What a lovely project! Wish I were your neighbor. My kids and I would visit the library and your amazing garden often! 🙂 Tathi Mitchell

This is so exciting, I just love watching how happy you are. The smile on your face is worth a million dollars. I wish you the best success and hope many children will use it, and also have happy memories to tell there kids some day. Great Job. Rosemary Wascher

What you are doing is incredible!!!!. Many Blessings!!!! Hilda Candelario

You both are so much fun. I love this video and all the gardening theme ideas are fantastic. Deezie

Lynn and Richard do an amazing job of providing endless gardening information to viewers. Anyone from beginner to expert will find their videos informative, useful, relatable, fun, and charming. They cover all 4 seasons of a zone 5 garden ( .. Lynn and Richard do an amazing job of providing endless gardening information to viewers. Anyone from beginner to expert will find their videos informative, useful, relatable, fun, and charming. They cover all 4 seasons of a zone 5 garden ( but any zone gardener will find these videos useful). They include everything from pruning, planting, harvesting, etc. This list goes on and on. They are very prompt at responding to all comments and questions. They truly love what they do and value all of their viewers. Shannon Moffett

I absolutely LOVE Wisconsin Garden videos. I look forward to them every week and they always make me smile while teaching me something new. Even when I feel like I might give up on my tiny bit of gardening that I do because things are not .. I absolutely LOVE Wisconsin Garden videos. I look forward to them every week and they always make me smile while teaching me something new. Even when I feel like I might give up on my tiny bit of gardening that I do because things are not working out as planned, they give me the boost to keep going and their appreciation of their garden makes me see things differently. Cindy Hayes

Lynn and Richard are amazing. if you haven’t watched any of their videos, you should check out their youtube channel. They have opened up their home and garden in order to share a plethora of information about gardening and even some … Lynn and Richard are amazing. if you haven’t watched any of their videos, you should check out their YouTube channel. They have opened up their home and garden in order to share a plethora of information about gardening and even some recipes and essential oils. They are what you can hope for having as a neighbor as they have opened their yard and their hearts to all of us. Great job, Lynn & Richard! Cheers from Florida  Anne Saroka

Wonderful YouTube channel. Learn so much from Lynn and Richard. Their kind gentle souls are a pleasure to watch and gain knowledge. Rose Mary

They are great gardeners and very helpful with their channel and answering questions. Thanks to Wisconsin Garden. Matthew Padilla

I love seeing what Lynn and Richard are doing in their yard.. They offer very helpful hints and tips from product demos and reviews to tours around their garden. You can find How-to videos too! Follow Lynn into the kitchen where she … I love seeing what Lynn and Richard are doing in their yard.. They offer very helpful hints and tips from product demos and reviews to tours around their garden. You can find How-to videos too! Follow Lynn into the kitchen where she prepares the freshly picked fruits and veggies into tasty dishes and snacks. I have been watching their YouTube videos for years. I like how they always support their hometown and state businesses! With gardening, there always comes some trial and error, Lynn and Richard show us in videos that they too sometimes have to move plants and relocate them when they don’t seem to flourish in a certain spot. It’s comforting how personable they are and make me feel like I am right there with them and that it is ok to get your hands dirty and experiment. Joann Descallar

The couple behind Wisconsin Garden is an absolute inspiration for this beginner gardener. Lynn and Richard are generous in sharing stunning and informative video tours of their garden, updates, tips and lessons they learn along the way, and they are always quick and gracious in answering anybody’s questions. One of my favorite accounts on YouTube. Luca P.

Love, love, love! Mary Fetty

The couple behind Wisconsin Garden is an absolute inspiration for this beginner gardener. Lynn and Richard are generous in sharing stunning and informative video tours of their garden, updates, tips and lessons they learn along the way, and they are always quick and gracious in answering anybody’s questions. One of my favorite accounts on YouTube. Dee O

Love ur positively, wish u prosperity and more bids to come:) live ur channel guys, u never disappointed me. Kaho Fotyfar

What a great find today! For an activity at Lasata Care Center, right down the road from where you were filming. We were searching YouTube with the residents to find something interesting to watch. Seeing that many of the residents are from Cedarburg, they wanted to see something related to their home town. They watched and thoroughly enjoyed your video. We talked about the foam in the river (as they’ve been seeing this on local news) but the best part was the wonderful tour and reminiscing that took place. Thank you for doing this and sharing your video! Margie Spitza

I just came across your channel. You two are the sweetest couple! It’s a joy watching your videos and I’m learning a lot. I just recently started getting into gardening so I’m watching a tin of informative videos and yours was one I learned a lot from. Your such a hard working lady. Keep up the good work with your awesome videos! Yaz Q

I never tire of watching your well thought-out and informative videos. I have never signed off without learning something I didn’t know before. You, two seem such a lovely couple…that’s refreshing, too! Just to mention, I like when the (CC) Close Caption is enabled, especially, when I viewing with others around, this way I don’t disturb the less enthusiastic…LOL! Thanks, again for time well spent! You’re helping me be a better Gardner…Who knew it was possible??? LOL Evelyn Hawkins

Wow! I just stumbled on this video! I LOVE your garden decorations or garden art! I’m so jealous! I wish my husband enjoyed this type of thing as much as I do. Rhonda

Hello Lynne and Rick! So ENJOY your videos and just love your personalities, too! Wish your videos were 5 hours long (each!). God bless you both. Your hard work in producing excellent videos is obvious. Thank you. Another great video update. So much wonderful information. So glad we can watch your videos multiple times and that you number them for easy reference. I love Richard’s final comment after stating he will just sit and watch things grow and saying… “Bring me lunch please!” I think we all noticed Richard shut off camera and chose not to video tape himself getting clunked on the head by Lynn. Just kidding… I see nothing but love and joy on this channel. Thank you both!!! Sylvia Delk

I always like your Garden Tours : Feels like I am walking around the backyard with a friend, chatting about plants. So thank you both for sharing the experience with us ! Happy Gardening + greetings from Germany. Keksdich

Thank you so much for sharing this video. Greetings from Brazil. Pedro da Silva Rodriques

I love your videos and your enthusiasm for gardening. I had to laugh at the number of tomato plants you put in.  I plant 12 tomato plants each year which produce more than my husband and son and I can eat, plus we supply other family members and friends… Ginny Kerlin

OH my goodness! We just bought a house and are thinking of installing a pond…. I know after seeing this I won’t be planting any cat tails. You poor thing. My back was screaming just watching you. I think a pair of waders might help the next time. Betty Weinberg

Oh Lynn I don’t envy that job. We had a pond when we lived in Texas. It was never that prolific…. Lana Bisson

Love all your videos, I’ve been watching since the last several months, but never clicked to subscribe, I just did now. You guys have Amazing Garden! I enjoy it so much, and you guys are so funny at times during making your video and I enjoyed that too. Chinda Brendel

Great  time watching this…and all of your videos! Aredrose4you2000

Love the video. My dehydrator will be arriving in about 4 days..I think this was the most easiest video that I was able to get a grip on making fruit leathers. You have such a sweet energy. Davida Braxton

Hi! I live in the Philippines and I love watching you guys especially when its harvesting time! btw, congratulations on your book! Raissa Gumatay

Ahhhh! Awesome video…Ellen Fisher

Love this video. Marcie Hebenstreit

Loved this vid!!! such sweet hearts, and I finally got to see BB…….Thanks for the video. Sandy Sledge

Hi…Good vid btw – Greetings from Curaçao. Johidi Rog

This is a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing it! Jared Fryz

Thank you for your videos!! I starting enjoying the Encap products thanks to the two of you! Happy Planting from FL Jaime Ade

I like watching your videos. Especially when I need some inspiration to tackle a really big labor intensive project! Frenchy

Great video today I learned things about trimming I did not know. Sugar Foot

Finally have internet back and I can get caught up in all your videos I miss them. Unfortunately we had to move into a apartment and I have no yard or a deck at all to plant very sad so I live my love of planting through you. Laineyslife

I always learn so much from your videos*** great video! Dezzie

Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your gardening blog. I am in central Illinois and have many of the same things coming up with cold weather expected on Saturday…Thanks for another great video! Cassey Roach

They are REALLY suffering from the heat in Australia, where it’s Summer now. I’m scared of how warm it its; it’s like May. I’m pretty old and I’ve never seen a whole season out of time like this year. I think you did a great mitzvah by planting a tree or two like you did. Best wishes always and God bless you. 2listinging1

I love how you and your husband collaborate on the videos:) So awesome to have such a healthy, mutual interest.  I hope some day to share my love for growing w/ someone like you do.  Thanks for making your videos! Martha Conover

Can’t wait to get out there and get my big long bed ready to plant them, though I guess it will have to be a while since early March in KY is way too early.. Hope mine do as well as yours did.. Spring fever is about to kill me.. You guys are really an inspiration. Jeanne Marshburn

I love all your videos.. I have been a Texas Gardener for the last 20 yrs dealing with a harsher heat climate. Recently I moved to Ky where the climate seems to be a little better for what I love to grow. your very inspiring. Lana Bisson

I LOVE LOVE all the videos that Wisconsin Garden posts. I am learning soooo much from them. I especially appreciate the great camera work meaning I don’t get dizzy with the camera moving around. Great job!! Mamey Brown

Congratulations! I just want to tell you I just recently found you on you tube and look forward to seeing your beautiful garden.I have also learned a lot as I am a retired teacher as well and now I have time to work in my garden. You all are so cute together .Thanks for what you do. Gloria in Santa Fe – Gbunniue1

Congratulations — on your dedication to sharing with everyone, on your great gardens, and on working together so well! I’ve really enjoyed the videos on your mason bees! – HcrisH200

Congratulations that’s a great accomplishment 700 videos, I don’t have idea how to edit a video, but I’m going to ask for suggestion, could you change the intro to your videos making it shorter? , because most of the time I skip it to go to the good stuff hahaha, anyway it’s great. You help me to practice my English writing too. – Monica Laguna

Congratulations! I know how thankful I am for these 700 videos, I look forward to 700 more!! Shannon Moffett

Congratulations on 700! Wow! Your videos are great for the first timer, but also those of us who have been gardening for years! I learn something new almost every time I watch.  Thank you for all of the great work you do for the rest of us – Jean Polkowski

Hi Lynn and Richard, You and Richard are so creative and adventurous, I love the video where you created a Berm out of leaves and grass clippings. I would love to do that. I can only imagine how rich the soil is.  After viewing many, many videos I saw your neighbors house. That’s why you two are so interesting, because you utilize the space you have. And it’s so creative. I. E. the berm. You and Richard are very positive. I absolutely love Richards sense of humor. You both are perfect together. I look forward to the next video. 700, that’s awesome, I’m trying to locate your beginning videos. I don’t want to miss out on anything. We are looking forward in meeting you both, July 8th can’t come fast enough. – Sincerely, Debi Gerhardt

I found your berm video on YouTube the other day, and have been watching your videos constantly!! I so enjoy gardening myself, but am no where near the gardener you are! Thanks for making the world a prettier place, and I’ll do the same in southwestern PA! Warmly, Jennifer Wooley

Hello.  I just watched your video on propagating African violets and using the wick method for self water.  Your video was very interesting and informative.  Thank you as I am just starting out with plants.  I have a limited amount of space in the rest home I am in…I really am glad for your video.  Thank you. Sincerely, Zita Smith

Hi Lynn and Richard:  I just wanted to say thanks for attending the Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Techniques class at Lynden last week, and to let you know that I just checked out your website.  It’s fantastic and WOW, that’s a lot of great content. . . . you two are busy-busy!  I’ve got the site bookmarked and plan to visit it often for tips, techniques and sheer enjoyment.  Thanks again. –Andy

Hi Lynn and Rick, Thanks for all the information on how you keep your flower and garden beds looking so nice.  I would have never guessed you put that many bags of leaves and shredded mulch down every year.  Wow!!!   I thoroughly enjoy the videos you and Rick make together sharing with me and all the other viewers all your flowers and plants.  I enjoy gardening and my wife has no interest at all.   Your video’s make me feel like I have two gardening friends that get the same enjoyment I do.  I just want to say thanks. – Tom Dreas

Just watched your video on transplanting African violets and thank you very much for the great tutorial. I must say in addition to being educational, I also had to chuckle about the soil/dirt exchange with your hubby, mine would not sweep a floor either!! thanks again. – Susan

Hi Lynn, I enjoyed the tutorial on the terrarium!  Thanks for the detailed explanation. I enjoyed browsing through all of the beautiful pictures that your husband made. Thanks again! SLC

Hi there! I just wanted to say thank-you for the treasure trove of information you have so pleasantly provided for the whole world. I hear you talk about the many people that write to you from all over, and wanted you to add Kansas City to your list of fans/friends. I am a beginning gardener and a groundskeeper for a condominium complex in Overland Park, KS. and have learned so much from watching your videos. Keep up the good work. Thank-you for sharing, and may all your blooms be bright and beautiful!  – Stephen Valentine

Hi. I’M here in a little town south of Boston called Middleboro Mass. I’m just relaxing, on vaca and stumbled upon your latest youtube posting on whiteflies. I really enjoyed it. You have a wonderful healthy garden ! Thanks for posting. Have a nice day and a great summer.  Stephen

I just discovered your videos. Great. I planted an apple orchard three years ago. I am a novice. I was hoping you might help me from time to time. – Steele Cooley Jasper Arkansas

I was watching the seed video, and remembered that I wanted to send you a picture of my hoop garden. Tomatoes are going still and the lettuce and collards are happy. And I noticed we have the same dining room set including the chairs. Warm regards; Stephanie Marder

Just wanted to say Thank you love watching your channel congratulations keep them coming. – Sherry Ades

Hi Lynn. My name is Sherika And I am From Alabama. I watched your YouTube video on Colocasia Elephnat Ear plants. I love these flowers and went on a hunt for some today. Lowes did not have any available in my area, but I did see a woman on ebay selling the seeds.  My question is, will the seeds produce the flower without the bulb? I know nothing about flowers, just moved in a home and want to make my yard beautiful with these flowers. Any information you may have would be very helpful.  Thank you so much.  – Sherika Nicole

Hi Lynn. My name is Sherika And I am From Alabama. I watched your YouTube video on Colocasia Elephant Ear plants. I love these flowers and went on a hunt for some today. Lowes did not have any available in my area, but I did see a woman on eBay selling the seeds.  My question is, will the seeds produce the flower without the bulb? I know nothing about flowers, just moved in a home and want to make my yard beautiful with these flowers. Any information you may have would be very helpful.  Thank you so much.  Thanks again. – Shannon Moffett

Hi there Lynn, I just watched a YouTube video that you made (I think it might be 2011). You are the only one with this video, though I have seen one internet posting like it. I was wondering if it turned out? And if it did how long did it take to become grape juice? My favorite grapes are in season now and I will be trying this really easy and no fuss method, but just wondering if you could tell me what its like on the other end of things when its complete. J Thanks for your time. Blessings, – Chesca Cox Prescott Ontario Canada

Dear Lynn, Thank you for your quick respond. I watch all of your garden videos every evening and they are just so cheerful and fun. Love them! I love gardening and when i watch your videos they just make my day. Keep up the amazing job you and hubby are doing. I don’t drive so i would have to arrange a ride to go out by you. I will call you early next week. I have a question I have a beautiful magnolia tree and I would love to propagate it but don’t know how. The tree is 5ft tall i planted it like 10yrs ago and it’s been growing real slow. I purchased some tree fertilizer spikes and hoped it would improve the growth but nothing. That following spring i did get many flowers. I found these tiny narrow cones all on the ground under the tree. I was wondering if these could be the seeds? I will bring them with me when i pick up the raspberry plants. And hopefully you can identify them for me. Like I said I am a garden beginner and have so many questions. I am so happy that you are out there and I found you to help me. Thank’s again. Sanjuanita – Janie is in English for Sanjuanita.

Hi Lynn, I watch your videos and love them. I have had perennial gardens in NC and PA. The garden I currently have I inherited from a Japanese woman who was the previous owner of my new home on Holland mountain in Sussex county in northern NC. She passed away and her garden was neglected for 4-5 years. The amount of phlox i gave away was unreal. Today I watched your video about the Japanese peony and I plan to buy some. I purchased numerous perennials from bluestone perennials in Ohio this spring. I love their packaging in coconut holders you plant in the ground, no fussing with roots. Our county does not have a garden club so i will enjoy watching your garden grow and try your tomato plant formula this May. Thank you. – Rebecca, Lake Stockholm NJ

First timer here!! Hello! What a joy you are! My friend told me to use YouTube to learn things. So I looked up how to winter my elephant ears and there you were! What a blessing you are to me. I planted three elephant ears in pots for the first time this year (Freeport, IL) and they are beautiful! Think I will send a pic for you to see.  I am going to share them with my Garden Center friends at work. Thanks so much, I am watching you instead of tv today on my day off. I work at Menards Freeport in the Garden center and you will play a big part in my education!!! Love ya for that!!! I also went to your hubby’s art gallery….WOW so pretty. So with that being said I would love a free art. Thanks for that too. I picked out DPC2394, Driftwood Bouquet. Warmest wishes to you! Your newest #1 Fan! – Patrice Dilworth

Thanks Lynn, just found you on YouTube. Nice idea about the powdered milk for blossom end rot. I do hydroponic, basic Kratky type but still need to play in the dirt. I have suffered with the end rot, (the tomatoes, not myself) and sprayed on the toms tablet but I thing I like the idea of the milk powder better because with the tums you have to experience the rot before the cure, milk powder amends the soil before the rot has a chance to form…Thanks, have subscribed.. – Nige

Hello Lynn, I have been watching your videos on gardening. I love them! I love watching your garden tours and seeing that you also have plants that come up here and there or sometimes don’t make it through the winter. I live in northern WI so I have a short growing season. I love being outside listening to the birds and working in my gardens. I have been gardening for about 26 years, started with a bucket of hostas from a neighbor, and I was hooked. I live in the city with a double lot, very little grass, every year more of it goes for gardens. My next project is a dry river bed. Keep those great videos coming!!! – Nancy Hinz

Hello again. I was laughing my head off about the football incident. How funny! I just wanted to say I watched so many of your videos last night. I fell asleep enjoying each and everyone of them. I like the one using the 2 liter bottle to make a terrarium. I bought a container from the nursery for half price which was $45.00. It already had two avocados on it. He has lots of fruit trees in the back yard. He also has lots of martin bird houses too. He is a country boy from Louisiana. I’m from Killeen- Fort Hood, Texas originally. Anyway, your videos are awesome. I plan on camping out with my laptop again tonight to watch more. I even focused on the art work from your husband. I will go back and review those again. I am so happy to have found your website and your YouTube channel. Have a great week!  Excuse any errors. I’m actually taking a break from clearing out my closets and dresser drawers of things that I never wear or can’t wear. I have too many unnecessary items that should be given to those that can use them.  Okay, take care. – Natalie

I am from Karachi Pakistan, One day before yesterday i saw your on garden programme on YouTube. Your plants stem is very thick and healthy and leaves were very good. So please advice me how to grow them, Thank you very much. Best Regards, – Muhammad Ashfaq

Lynn – Love watching your YouTube videos so much. Our climate is different here in the Sierras, but many of your food drying video are so wonderful to watch. And your husband makes me laugh he is so cool. – Beth California in the CA Sierra foothills

Lynn & Richard, Your videos have inspired me more than you’ll ever know….I discovered your videos about two years ago. They were so calming watching two people talk and work in their garden. After about a year of watching, I started to feel peace creep back into my life. My yard with all of its lush, and at this point, overgrown, landscaping was no longer viewed as a burden but as a haven to make new memories…But I’m happy once again. It’s your videos. It truly is. You both remind me that there are good people in this world. And a garden is an adventure that I want to have. Thank you for sharing yourselves and your gardening adventures with me. I eagerly await every new video and watch older ones often. If you’ve ever wondered if anyone has been touched by your videos…yes they have. And it is me. I’m the one you were meant to reach. Meeting you both is on my bucket list. Hoping the blessing you’ve given to me is returned to you tenfold. – Heather Peters Findlay, OH

Thank you for your advice.  I bought the same package of Zinnias, and I am very exciting counting the days to  be outside and start working in my garden.  I grew up in Panama city, Panama, So I  still have a lot to learn about perennial plants.  I would love to see your garden and meet both of you. I will see you soon Thanks, Mirna

Dear Lynn, I recently came upon your videos on YouTube….Thank you so much for creating them! Thank you so much! – Megan

Hi, Lynn! Thanks for posting that video about elephant ears. I will now soak mine overnight and plant it tomorrow here in our Tucson yard. The temperatures have been in the 70s. I have a nice cool corner in the shade for them. My mom was born and raised in Superior, WI. She used to tell us California kids all the stories about the snow, the wind and ice covered lakes. To us, it was like she was from a different world! Visiting her parents in the summer, Wisconsin was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. Take care, – Mary Partelow

Lynn and Rick, I love your videos on YouTube!  I always learn something as I am new to outdoor gardening. Keep up the great work and thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. Best regards, – Marion

Dear Lynn & Richard- I just watched the video and I must say that while we are not surprised that you love the Root Assassin we are profoundly grateful for your terrific and thorough video and sincere comments. Keep in touch. Once again, thanks.- Josh Kalter

Dear Lynn. I have been watching a lot of your videos and fortunately, learned a great deal.  Thanks to you and Richard for allowing us to come into your sensational garden. Please forgive me if any writing mistakes occur, I am fFrench Canadien but my grand father was born in the U.S.A.  He came to Canada with his father but his siblings lived in Jericho Vermont, and Massachusett. Best regards, – Lucie Deslieres

I watched video number ninety yesterday when you had some large trees cut down . WHAT a big transformation your lot has gone through YOU must be very proud LOOKS GREAT – Dot Thomas

Thanks for sharing. I love the way your husband and you share the information. I can tell your husband really cares about you and wishes to make this educational video perfect and informative. He keeps asking questions, adding some information and even made conclusion in the right time, that really can consolidate and impress our knowledge of growing nice tomato with your secret method. I like the way you and your husband talks which is so natural, relaxing, enjoyable, and the most important is CARING and INTERACTING. (Sorry to have some comment almost a year ago saying that is irritating. I totally disagree that type of comment and this type of comment is definitely irritating)Beautiful couple Lynn and Richard, thank you so much for your sharing and effort again. – RoseGreenTea

I had so much fun watching, my mom use to put up Jam just like you.    You two really make me smile hearing the two of you joke around. – Mark Sears

I was waiting for this video. I am living vicariously through your videos lol. It is so hot here in California that I don’t feel like going outside at all. The most I do is water my plants. By the time I come inside I am all sweaty, gross and need a shower. Currently I hand water everything. I am thinking of investing in watering system so I am not uncomfortable on the hot California summer days. As always your garden is amazing and beautiful. Everything is looking wonderful. My daughter had a question about your credits. She wants to know why you have a picture of Lynn when she was a child. I figured I would ask the question for her since she always watches “my gardening videos”, as she calls them, with me. – JulV Wildcat

So informative. Thank you Lynn and Richard for sharing your garden experiences. I always get so much from your videos. – Ravenhairone

Thank you for sharing your beautifull garden with us. I always look forward to your videos and after watching them i run into my own garden to do some more work or just enjoy it, its looking beautifull this year.lady from Quebec. – Johanne Black

THANK YOU Lynn and Rich….just arrived today (7-05)…..Will always cherish your generous gift…..Happy 4th of July, hope you and Skye had a wonderful holiday…..you guys are the best! – Tim

I don’t have a garden but watching you guys is quite enough! LOL. Have a great holiday weekend. – Chris B

Who needs Soap Operas for a bit of drama…when we can catch an episode of your life in the garden….- Phil Yorko

Lynn now I know how you keep that girlish figure of yours…lol…you are a work horse girl…what an amazing job and I absolutely love they way you planted them…you are truly an artist its going to be beautiful…it will bloom this year right? I mean since you dug then up and put them through so much it won’t stop them from blooming huh? Anyway, I hope I get to see the spectacular beauty it will be when it does bloom along with the hostas’s ….thanks girly girl…and thanks to your husband also..lol..can’t leave him out!!! – Laura Tannehill

Y’all are so cute! I enjoyed watching your channel, makes me giggles each time y’all joke with each other.. – Nang P

Many thanks for the great education on irises. I especially appreciated hearing about the bleach bath. Your new iris/hosta bed will be lovely. I couldn’t help but wonder what color your irises are? – Joy Clarke

Hi. I grew EE for the first time this year and they came out great ! Can’t thank you enough for this vid and feedback. I would love to share photos of them with you, if you’d like. – thanks again for your help. ~ blessings !- Diana Di

Oh good, part TWO !!  Tonight when I’m settled in my recliner I will watch it.  My elephant ears have lots of leaves but SMALL !! in the past they have been HUGE. Keep the video’s coming, love you TWO. – Mark Sears

Love your garden. It is amazing. Congratulations. I am very inspired by your videos. Mariachi Chic

Hi Lynn & Richard. It’s Bob from philosophy class. Great garden tour. Thanks! Here’s a favorite poem of mine from Louis Aragon’s Paris Peasant (paraphrased). Your viewers might like too: “Those who have spent their lives traveling, Those who have encountered a multitude of climates, Those whose beards have been singed by the South, Whose hair has frozen stiff in the North, Whose skin is compounded of all suns and winds, The servants of smoke, The sons of tornado, Their footsteps forecasting earthquakes, When at the end of their journeys they return, A parrot perched on their shoulder, Still cling to one desire: To have a garden.” – Bob Jebavy

Hi, My wife T and I just finished watching the 3rd installment for July 2016, the tour was unbelievable, you both have put so much time and thought into every inch of your garden. T, says God points and you dream of new looks for each area. And there are more invasive plants , that still have to be removed, the work continues. You inspire everyone who watches, it takes work sweat and time, but, look what you get when you finish. Thanks for sharing, we’ll be watching and enjoying. Blessings!!! – Fred Woods

The sheer size of your property is staggering, it’s huge, we are always taken back, by the amount of effort, and work it must take just to maintain, the whole space my wife T says God gave you both green thumbs and joyous hearts, that never give up. We loved the tour, we know there is lots more work to be done , but, what a joy to see the fruits of your labor. Thanks for sharing, waiting for #3, be well. Blessings!!! – Fred Woods

I love your ‘dandelion’ hair style! And I so appreciate your very instructive tips about gardening. Have learned so much. Thank you. –ScreeminMeeme

I so admire your dedication and “stick-to-a-tiveness.”  Can’t wait to see it at bloom time!!! – Rose Duke

I really enjoyed looking around your garden at all your specials accents. I also love how you and your husband work and play together in it*** I am a new subscriber and have enjoyed all your videos – Deezie

You 2 are the hardest working retired people I know. All your hard work sure shows, it looks great! Everything looks spectacular! Your garlic is fantastic, can’t wait to see the heads when you harvest. – Snookie65

Oh WOW, I would happily dine under your raspberry bushes. That is a jungle that us Aussies would love in our garden. I mean, growing raspberry is finicky here. You have to baby it and if it drops dead on you, too bad. Try again LOL. – Wildcook (Mary)

I wish I could forget the Forget Me Not- we bought one plant 2 years ago and it took over a 12x4ft flower bed filled with Lava Rock and in the shade- not easy growing conditions. I loved them in the spring, but had to rip them out after they turned brown- I just couldn’t handle the look of them. Good news is they came out super easy. Now I need to find some new plants to put in the shade garden for next year- your garden tours give me so many ideas- thanks! – JByrd

We just finished watching your July Garden Tour 707, the garden is just great, My wife T, says it gets better every year. You both put in so much time and love, to everything you do, we’ll waiting for 2 and 3 of your tour. Thank you for sharing, hope your 4th was enjoyable, get some rest more work to come. Blessings!!! – Fred Woods

I like the idea of having two kneeling pads so you can stay on one and move the next one ahead! Much easier than getting up to moving the pad! Wish I lived closer to you! I’d be right there getting some raspberry bushes! I don’t think it would be worth the drive from Philadelphia PA. It’s so nice you two have a hobby (full time job!!) that you both enjoy. – Susan Mandeville

I can’t imagine how sore you two must be. My back hurts just watching!! It will look wonderful when you get it planted up. I can’t wait to see. – Amy G’Schwind

You guys are awesome! I really enjoy watching your gardening adventures. Thanks for sharing. – Travis Ward

How dare you work in the garden and not record it, lol! Lynn- you have such a cute, light colored outfit on- how do you keep it so clean working in the garden!?! – JByrd

I just love you guys…what a great job you do to educate people….and hahaha….I think I was that viewer but all is forgiven…lol…can’t wait to see what you do with the space!! – Laura Tannehill

Stumbled upon your channel and so glad I did! I love gardening but not sure if am any good … but I love it, so who cares. I love to move and experiment and add and give away plants from my garden. I can’t wait to continue through your videos! Great idea on the umbrella! – Heather Jewell

“Richard, let’s get on with this!” I laughed so hard! Loved it! – Heather P

“Should i time you?”….Lynn (dirty look!).. HAHAHAHHAHAAAHHAAAA..Richard…that lady deserves a dinner out tonight! – Tim

Hi, Lynn My wife says God has blessed your relentless little heart, you going after those raspberry and thistle bushes, we didn’t know there was a path until you cleared some of the bushes. Thanks for sharing, get some rest you deserve it. Blessings!!! – Fred Woods

My husband wanted me to ask you what kind of Cannon Power Shot Series camera was it?  There are lots of them but we couldn’t figure out which one you had.  What model number was it?  Also, can you see what you’re video taping when in the sunlight?  You can’t with ours and it makes it hard to tell what your recording.  Looking for another camera so this info would help.  Congrats on your videos.  It’s so nice you get to do it together. – Fay Favored1

Thank you for sharing…I live in Illinois, and most of my garden friends ( southern area) have earlier gardens..So happy to find you..Thanks !! – Larieta Fort

Just love watching your videos..thank you so much for posting – TheC67

Thank you for doing these videos. I just started trying to grow new things this year, including herbs & tomatoes, and your videos have been so helpful. I love your channel & hope to see many more – Ashleigh Richmond

I Live in Milwaukee. Your garden is beautiful. The peonies are so full of bloom. I have three peonies bushes that hardly bloom this year. When there is not much bloom do you think I should divide them. I read that they never need divided, I know most plants need divided when they don’t have much bloom. They all are ten or fifteen years old. – Norma Jones

Rich, I would love to see a graphic how to video, only out of curiosity . Thank you both for all your videos, I think I have followed you from day one – ApirlRain

Hello my name is Lucia and I was just admiring your garden looks so beautiful… – Lucia Shiosee

I love how you “talk to some of your plants telling them they are doing a good job”.i am going to look up “Montauk Daisy don’t know if my spelling is correct but it’s’ the daisy Richard loves and blooms in the fall. Great tour , thanks for sharing Lynne from Ottawa. – Lynne & Doug Briscoe

Oh, I just love your garden  The peonies and bearded irises are stunning.  I also love all your other flowers and plants. You two did a fab job with your garden. – Wildchook (Mary)

The garden looks so beautiful as always . There will be peach harvest this year I guess ? Been re-watching your old peach harvest vid many, many, times 🙂 – Anna C

It was such a pleasure to watch this and part one I can’t wait for the next one, you just got a new subscriber 😀 – Jaz Anddanslife

I love watching your channel and always learn something plus it’s a joy to look at all the pretty flowers. Thank you. – Gbunnie1

Such a great garden I’m trying to imagine the smell in your property during the time of flower blossoms it must be lovely and relaxing. Im looking forward to see your bale gardening. are you planning to do that this year? – Robbie jay Copon

I am always waiting to see your videos every two weeks I love it, I wish meet you in person, God bless. – Hellin Ronquillo

One day, I wish my garden is as beautiful as yours… – Nang P

Such a spectacular garden thank you for sharing. – Chowceo

Gosh.. I want to be like you when I grow up! – Garden On Deck

A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL yard!!!!! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to give us a tour!!!! Just amazing!!!! – Katie Mraz

Lovely garden tour, thank you for sharing. – Debbie Pietrzykowski

My wife and I don’t have a garden, or outdoor space for planting, but, because of the time and patience, you take in planting and explaining you make us feel like we could really do this, if given a chance..Thank You for sharing your home garden and lives with all of us. God Bless you both. – Fred Woods

Everything looks fantastic! You never cease to amaze me. – Snookie65

Love your videos!!!! Can’t wait for the next tour to see all the changes/ progress on your plants.- JamCanGurl

That Richard sure is a wisenheimer. – Bryan Ziefle

Love your videos! You two are too funny! – Little Bean’s Garden

I watch you on my smart TV and there is no like button, so I’m logging on to you on my computer.  I like every one of your video’s and watching you and hearing your husband is so relaxing after a stressful day  🙂 – Mark Sears

Watch you on my smart TV and there is no like button, so I’m logging on to you on my computer.  I like every one of your video’s and watching you and hearing your husband is so relaxing after a stressful day  🙂 – I love all the added touches to the garden! They add so much character! Thanks for sharing!! – Hi Guys!!! I’m trying to catch up on all your videos for the past month!! So my husband and I are doing a Wisconsin Garden marathon! WE LOVE your videos!! Thanks so much! – As always, I LOVE your video…I could stroll in your gardens all day…got lots of giggles from the Beatles joke, the chair and the suntan lotion for the hostas….You two are such a joy to watch. Thanks so much!! – Mamey Brown

Love watching all of your videos.  Thank you so much for all the time you both share with all of us.  Your willingness to teach and share is just awesome!  Oh and yes I call it soil also. – Aredrose4you2000

Beautiful doesn’t cover the loveliness of your perennials. What kind of mulch do you use? I have to buy my mulch as we have no pickup truck to transport loads of mulch. When it gets rainy so many mulches mold. Thank you for your posts. Just joined and eating all of this up. – Droycraft

Very pretty yard you folks have there…….Tracey from Missouri – Tracy Cooper

Great video Lynn you got some pretty plants this year I have some elephant ears that I planted this year there just starting to come up this well be my first year planting them. – What a bountiful place to see it looks s peaceful there with all of the gardens that could be a place I could go back to year after year. – Wow I can’t believe all of the plants I seen there is so many of them I don’t think I would be able to contain myself there so pretty – Jackie Horsley

I love seeing your garden ideas. Those tree peonies are fantastic. Is that an early peony because mine are not blooming yet. But I’m in Minneapolis and we are zone 4. – Sandy Wendt

How do you guys not have millions of views??!! I’ve been following you for a few years now and your videos are more thorough and informative than any others!! I’ve literally learned everything about gardening from you. THANK YOU! – Cris Anderson

It’s so beautiful.  Ya’ll have done a great job! – Elliemae4525

That Japanese fern peony is spectacular, gotta get one! Wow, you guys responded before I finished watching the tour, part 2..lol – Hope Crews

I love what you are doing in your garden You inspire me to get things done. Thank you. – Karan Myers

So much wisdom to share- As a beginner gardener, I would love to spend the day with you two! Any advice on how to get started? Good book to read, etc? – JByrd

I really like seeing your videos. I am Alisha from Lancster,TX and I Love gardening. keep up the good work. – Alisha Simmons

Thanks for the motivation. – Gary Shawley

The arch turned out great! Made me think of the Golden Gate Bridge. And I thought the hole in that chair was for a potty too. Lol. –My favorite thing about your videos is that you stress that it’s ok to be imperfect:) – Heather Peters

Just beautiful, what an amazing tour 🙂 thank u –U guys r so funny, just let be to see ur CDs over and over again 🙂 have a beautiful fruitful season. – Amazing feeling of excitement knowing spring is just around the corner, ur vid is amazing as well helping us to be in the mood:) thanks guys!- Kaho Fotyfar

That looks so nice. Thanks for the video. I will file it in a corner of my how to mind.- Sue Miller

I’d like to give you more than one thumb up! I love your garden accents! The red archway , the Tree Peonies, and just everything! I can’t wait to see what next you’ll paint! One thing I love is a moss garden. I heard that if you put buttermilk in a blender with moss , the use a brush spread the moss around. Not sure I want to put moss in my expensive Vita Mix though! – Nina Nina

Love your videos! – MY Pichka

What a great blessings have a great day happy growing. you both are such a great special people may GOD give you health to keep growing and sharing. – Maria Amaya

I’ve been away from yt for a few months.  Your later videos are on my list to watch.  Thanks! – Across The Pond

Thank You and Rich for the fun vids this last year….So glad to pass on what i know about gardening…remember my “roots” are there in farm country (Wisconsin)…Happy that i could help in some small way…and hope we hear some Christmas songs sung by Skye maybe this holiday season…Dad could surely record a vid for us to see and hear…have a list for him if he is interested in performing for us! – SuperWoodyBoy

I really enjoyed your video I called dirt and soil by either name intermittently – Angela Schans

Wonderful video, thank you! When I spread leaves over my garden patch the 15mph winds blow them back onto the grass ! Don’t you have that problem ? – Rosemary McGrenera

Thank you for your response! I will be adding leaves to my garden beds this year! 🙂 Please don’t take this the wrong way but both of you are like grandparents to me even though you’re really too young. I’m 22 and have not had a relationship with my grandparents since they all live in Ukraine so every time I watch your videos I think how cool it would be to have grandparents like you. Love you and your videos. Keep up the great work! – Flourish Ever After

Good videos I think you all make veg gardeners look at growing some plants for beauty and weed control and soil conditioning. it did me. – e Buzz

…Your videos are amazing – they are the BEST!! – Nancy Ewell

OMG…That looks so delicious!  If I give you my address, could you send me a jar 🙂 LOL.  I guess I am just going to have to try to make it myself.  Lynn, You are really good at giving directions! – Hancock Homestead & Gardens

Really nice garden. – curlycurly004u

Beautiful Garden!… – 15sugarfoot

You’ve inspired me. I don’t have any bushes with dieback so, I’m off to the discount isles to find a Charley Brown tree who needs a friend. – Nananel

I went out and deadheaded my peonies today.  Thanks for the information. They look much better.  Thanks again. – Judy Homesteader

This was very enjoyable!!  you two are characters.  I liked the matching yellow sweatshirts in the beginning too – Rachaelkoger

Cute video you two!  i am currently plagued with poison ivy and not sure what to do.  Thanks for making my day a little brighter! – Campingfool59

I enjoy your videos.  Since I’m getting more into perennial flowers now you teach me a lot.  I’m glad this vid was less that a half hour long.  When they are too long I find it hard to set aside the time to watch so I miss some of them, darn it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. – Sandra Cerino

Thank you for sharing this information.  My 19 year old has just started to garden, she’s planted strawberries, herbs, and lemons.  She wants to do more and I hope the animals don’t spoil it for her if they start eating on it.  You don’t get many 19 years already wanting to have a garden.  We will use your wise advise.  When is the best time to add the netting?  She’s just now starting to see some strawberries grow. – Regina Woods

I agree you can’t get enough plants. Enjoyed your new addition to your plant collection. – Krishna Islam

… Keep up those very entertaining &info. Vids. And Merry Christmas -Happy New year-Go Pack .- Richard Bushy

Beautiful gardens, even at the end;-) I am building my yard very similar to yours on the other side of Lake Michigan in zone 5-b, but I have a problem…BINDWEED, been pulling it for years, used a orange oil – vinegar spray, sheet mulched this spring with thick cardboard, new raised beds and 4″ of wood chips…STILL BINDWEED…Help me please;-) – Scott Voigt

Super video – I wish our whole world would try to learn more about each other and become more accepting of each others – likenesses as well as differences. I had thought you both were teachers – as was I – for 42 years in the same public school as a speech/language pathologist. Thanks so much for sharing what you learned – the other Lynn! – Pprrhh102

You guys are really brave OMG and also you to young guys look very healthy. – RandomPerson1024

Enjoyed your shares as always.  We have had wonderful tomato crop in N. AL.  But like you we sometimes have too much rain, etc.  A very different weather year for sure.  Wonder what to expect this winter. – Julie Guillaume

Enjoyed your video on planting the bulbs from the cartons.  So, how did they turn out in the spring?  Is there a site I can go to, to see them?  Thanks, Susan from Alabama. – Bobbie Curry

Hi love watching your garden updates and the sunflowers are great, always nice when you haven’t planted the seeds yourself will keep watching thank you – Susan Fryer

Thank you so much for the information! Your videos and replies are very informative. Helps mea lot. I am excited to see what all I can transplant and grow next year. Each year I add more. It has been my pleasure finding your videos on here. Take care and keep posting. 🙂 – Teri Haynes

Since I don’t have a garden anymore, I just love watching you play in yours!! – Susan Mandeville

That was cool. – Kyle Coughlin

Lynn I loved this video can you please make one with every tree, plant , shrub , flower,  How nice is Rick Ii wish i had a husband/wife to buy me plants LOL  – Damain Delrey

Once again Rick is the talented, multi-tasking cameraman…filming and doing stump removal at the same time.  Is he available for hire? – Sarah Miller

Well I think your awesome and hope you keep at it. God knows you arent doing anything wrong playing in the dirt 🙂 grow the best, feel great! Cheers! – Dustin Oneill

One of our Wisconsin Garden viewers, Mamie Brown left a question this morning. “I LOVE your videos. This is not a gardening question, and I hope I’m not overstepping by asking, but can Lynn share some diet tips how she stays so fit and trim….”

I’d like to answer your complimentary question about my amazing wife.

First, I tease Lynn all of the time.  Partly because I love her dearly, keeping her off guard, guessing, and on her toes encouraging her beautiful spirit and smile to laugh constantly.

Secondly, I chase her around the house and every place we go together all of the time without mercy.  P.S. She loves it and sometimes she actually lets me catch her.  And as some men admit, it’s the woman who really controls every aspect of a life of love and lifelong friendship.  I believe every woman needs to be treated like a queen with constant love and respect they truly deserve.

Thirdly, we encourage each other to work out, in the garden as opposed to a gym, bending, squatting, lifting, dragging and moving tons of mulch, top soil and compost side-by-side.  And as she has written about in her first two of 3 memoirs, from dawn to dusk she has raised 3 children and a husband (title of her 3rd Memoir) while teaching K-3 full-time, preparing meals and unconditionally taking care of all of us, all of the time.  She rarely ever had time to be ill or feel un-needed.

She is very disciplined, most of the time, eating proportionate meals in spite of me teasing her that she eats like a bird.  After nearly 48 years of marriage she looks amazingly beautiful and I make sure to let her know how I feel about her beauty every day.  More importantly, she truly has the soul of an angel and is one of the most selfless and giving person I have ever met.  I’m proud she allows me to be her soul-mate. To think that just 4 years ago she reluctantly didn’t want me to film her planting her first tomato plant in the garden. Her reply “Who would want to see me planting a tomato?”

Seeing how effective she was as a classroom teacher, I knew she would touch the heart of those who see her as being a real person talking from the heart, no script, no ulterior agenda, as someone always willing to share what she does even while dirty and sweaty.  People now recognize her when we go out together.  During the filming of this video, a couple stopped by the Ozaukee MG booth and got all excited to see her.  Their initial comment was cute, “You look much taller than you do on YouTube.”  They expressed how much they enjoyed her videos and wanted her autograph.  Ah the life of living with a “Super Star.”  How fortunate I am to play in her world.

I guess it’s not really not so much about dieting compared to living a fairly normal but active lifestyle, having a loving family, friends, teaching, and of course lots of loving teasing.  Perhaps DNA plays a role but being able to love the body you’re in has little to do about being skinny.  I have yet to meet a woman who isn’t beautiful.  God doesn’t make mistakes.  The physical body is just a temporary shell we inhabit and who’s to say which shell is more perfect to aspire or model?

The happiest people I know enjoy who and what they are.  You have to understand I live with the sassiest woman on Earth, and each time I tease her, she teases me back tenfold.  We love being together and support whatever the other wants out of life.  We willingly chose to be inseparable. P.S. Lynn loves Sanders dark chocolate sea salt caramels but only eats one while watching a movie after a hard day’s work in the garden.  How cool is that.

Now Lynn’s simple answer to your question would have probably been very modest and brief, “I don’t diet, and I just eat proportionately and work out in the garden every day.”  While that may be on point, there’s so much more to this amazing woman.  Perhaps you can see why I love her dearly.  She is amazing to watch, observe and to serve.  I do my best to keep her happy and sassy.

Forgive my brief dissertation on Loving my wife and best friend.  Hope that gives you a clearer glimpse into the amazing life of living with Lynn – Richard

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When I grow up I want to be just like you a gardener with a beautiful yard full of plants.  Joelyssa M.

I’ve been out of town on a research trip, so I haven’t had the opportunity to say…Congratulations on 600+ Wisconsin Garden Videos.  One day during a cold, snowy December Ohio winter, I was searching the best ways to propagate an African violet.  Sure enough I came across Wisconsin Garden.  From then on you had Sarah and I hooked!  We love your “old school” knowledge passed down from your family, and your ever growing techniques from your research…its a great blend.  Your humor along the way, your positive approach always brings a smile to my face.  There have been times when I’m in the worst moods, and you and Rick to a great job of pulling me out of the doldrums.  Many thanks for all you do and share.  You have made a difference.  You have been able to combine two loves of gardening and teaching and brought it to the world.  What an awesome thing!  God bless!…Scott M

I thoroughly enjoy this video Richard & Lynn and CONGRATS on your 600th videos!! Your videos are captivating, inspiring, educational, motivating, and just sweet and lovely. There are days that I am not feeling well, I click on your videos and I get motivated to get in my garden. And, before you know it, I am outside in my garden getting the healing I need and get well. I look forward to watching more of your videos in the future. Love you guys!! 🙂 W. C.

Congratulations also from Germany. I enjoy every minute with you in your great videos. R. Akelei

California is having a severe drought right now, I have water restrictions in place where I live in the Bay Area….My grass has all died out. I just have my Agave, Aloes, cacti and succulents….but they add a lot of color as well……in fact Californians are having their lawns ripped out and replaced with drought tolerant landscapes….I envy your lush gardens!! J. Descallar

Cute video you two! i am currently plagued with poison ivy and not sure what to do. Thanks for making my day a little brighter! C. F.

Thanks for the tips as I live in the north east Scotland near the sea we have different climate but weeds travel just the same so i will try your organic weed killer tomorrow. J.S. Johnston

Great stuff! I’ve been taking a lot of video around my garden pond but have been too lazy to upload it. You’ve motivated me to share! J.B. Great ideas! I look forward to seeing how the two techniques compare. TX in UK

Your garden is so beautiful! I am so glad I found you. I had my first garden last year and have a lot to learn. Best discovery ever :). D. Caldwell

Beautiful garden ! I love watching your garden tour videos. Hope we could visit Wisconsin one day to see it in person. Anna C.

Beautiful garden! I love watching your garden tour videos. Hope we could visit Wisconsin one day to see it in person. S. Cerino Thank you so much. We are new homeowners in Madison by Lake Mendota. Eager to garden both flower and edibles. I stopped watching to go pull some Garlic Mustard in its second year. Naively thinking what a pretty flower it was. M. Helen

Such a beautiful garden. It’s such an extension of you and Richard. Quite reflective of your wonderful personalities! How do you keep up with it? H. Peters

In Nashville, Tennessee strawberries are in season now (almost over here). Other berries, peaches and tomatoes coming in the next few weeks – yeah!! I plan to venture out some this year (my second one canning) and try tomatoes in different ways other than just canning plain and dehydrating them. Your gardening videos are getting me all excited. Keep them coming! D. Cans

So much to look at! Thanks for posting. U. G.

Beautiful garden! I would spend my entire day there. I’ll have to look for a few peony trees now. I’m inspired. Frugal C.

I’m going to have to try some plants I’ve never done before, like the Kale and eggplant and others. My daughter got me started on Okra late year for the first time. I love you both. Nina N.

I just love watching you garden. I have goldfish and watching them swim is so much fun! C. Bennett

A beautiful place to visit. If I’m every in Wisconsin I’d love to. What happens to the fountains during your winters? I’m sure they are drained until spring comes again. C. Dixon

You’re so dear and fun to watch because you seem so benevolent with your little seeds. Very inspiring! Thank you. Love the diatomaceous earth usage too! H. S.

You’re so dear and fun to watch because you seem so benevolent with your little seeds. Very inspiring! Thank you. Love the diatomaceous earth usage too! J. Lee

Very interesting stuff! The hubby and I will be looking into it. Thanks for all the helpful videos. M. Eutsler

What a beautiful way to honor your teachers memory. I know she very proud of you as a teacher and the amazing woman you are. This video warmed my heart. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Always a joy to see you both. Dee & Kevin

You guys have the most fun trimming those branches;) Evelyn C.

What a nice way to honor your teacher! That was a nice bag you were using for collecting the weeds and debris as you worked. H. Chris

WOW how great is that!….and what a beautiful home! S. Woody

Oh thank you!! That makes sense!!!! I am going “replant” them then. My woodland area is leave mulch, it’s way different then my front yard slopes… I still also learning about how the sun behaves…. areas I think its full sun is actually part shade back of the HOUSE shadow!! A. R.

Thank you so much! I will try this. 🙂 E. Kurtak

Hi, Lynn and Richard! I live in Southern New Hampshire and my rhubarb is sending out flowers. I bought the roots from Home Depot last year just for fun and was surprised to see it flowering this year. Actually, even though I have some knowledge of plants, I didn’t know mine was going to seed until you mentioned yours in your videos. I have seen many places to cut it off for a good stalk harvest, but since I am not too serious about a good harvest, I will let it flower out of curiosity. Thanks for all of your videos! P. J. M.

Hi Lynn and Richard. We are here in Calgary Alberta Canada. Our Rhubarb just started growing but already has started to produce seed heads… I have a funny feeling it has to do with the growing season. Last year our fruiting trees, just like yours, did not produce flowers. Funny how we could live so far away but the plants are still growing the same! Everything looks so beautiful in your garden! Thank you for all your videos. M. Barciak

Thank you for sharing this information. My 19 year old has just started to garden. She’s planted strawberries, herbs, and lemons. She wants to do more and I hope the animals don’t spoil it for her if they start eating on it. You don’t get many 19 years already wanting to have a garden. We will use your wise advice… R. Woods

Love your videos love both of you also. E. Sullivan

Lovely video and your garden looks beautiful! I have just subscribed to your channel and Liked your video… W. S.

I love to watch your garden shows and as our winter is now approaching it is especially nice to see your garden starting to bloom… M. Acton

I always enjoy tours of your garden. Glad I am subscribed to your channel…I know you write books as well, so perhaps a recommendation on one of those as well. Thank you, for your time and talent. T. Eitzen

It is always a pleasure to be part of your WI garden family, very grateful for all your wonderful videos. May God bless your time and your efforts! K. Fotyfar

I just love Spring! Your yard looks fantastic. My Japanese Peonies are coming up, nowhere as big and full as yours. I only planted them last year and they were tiny plants. I have fingers crossed that they bloom. Love them! I think of you both every time I look at them. S. K.

Yalls garden rivals- the gardens of Europe, just perfect. S. B.

Hi Lynn. Your yard looks gorgeous! Happy Gardening. L. G.

Great tips…will be giving it a try this season. Thank you E. H.

This has been very helpful. I just bought two bulbs today because I really love the elephant ears. Had some years ago but did not realize I needed to lift up in winter…Thanks to you, I know no how. I expect I will have many babies for years to come! E. Hawkins Your gardens are beautiful so far! S. C.

Your gardens are beautiful.. Thanks for the tour. J. H.

Woohoo another episode 😉 u made my day 😉 A. R.

I just subscribed to your blog….I’m so enjoying watching and learning. You said the lumber is copper treated…I’ve never heard of that. Is it pine or cedar? Of course! CCA.

Lol. I had no idea the C stood for copper. I did think it was a no-no for gardening…especially organic. This is why I appreciate people like you to keep the information flowing. I also bought the ingredients for your tomato planting mixture. Thank you again. D. Creager

I love the color of that plant . Please let us know the name if you are able to find it . I as well will try to I.D. it and will post on here. would love to have one . Great job on the videos BTW. E. F.

Hi Lynn, I’m from IL, and that is a beautiful Coleus plant you have there, and the reason I watched your video is because I want to start growing some Coleus plants for the first time. so thank you for this info. M. R. K. You all are great. Thanks for all the information you give out! N. N.

Thank you for this video. I wondering if I could leave the Mason bee eggs outside over winter and cover the front with 1/2 ” hardware wire to keep the birds from eating the larva? The winters here only get down to around 28 degrees here in SE Texas. T. Green Very educational! P. B.

That was nice. It really comes across that you are excited about your little gals getting out and making your home their home. It will be bee (get it?) nice to see your updates as they move outdoors and get to working! Thanks a lot. H. C. H.

I just wanted to say thank you for this great video. This is the first year I have done seeds in my home and i wasn’t sure if my plants were becoming to leggy but mine look similar to yours. This was a great time to do the update. Thanks so much. T. Kelly

Love your video. D. R. I WATCHED ALOT OF VIDEOS ON TRANSPLATING TO DIRT, YOURS IS THE BEST….you have me as a watcher for sure,,,,,,gave answers all the others did not….thank you so much… Just love your little Gourd people, please do more, would love to see you do turtle one, or how you do it….I collect turtles, ones that make me smile, and yours really made me smile……just so clever…… C. Corrieri

Hello Dear Lynn….I did some cutting on last years growth on my perennials yesterday…oh my, and went to our local nursery Delphinium, Foxglove & hollyhocks..and Gaura…I’m so bad…need to move some iris today…Hugs, Debra in Ma..zone 5. D.R.

One of the best explanations I have come across. Thank you for detailing out some very important strategies of working on this species. The only video where somebody has taken the time to produce very informative content. I shall take these methods back to me home on my planet. Cheers my friend. Love and happiness. W. T.

Very amazing useful idea to recycle and convenient, thanks…Cool guys, very inspiring, love it when u get us to the mood of this beautiful season. Thank u! K. F.

You are very good at explaining things. I keep hearing a bird in the background……….possibly a cockatiel? You love plants and birds. They both bring much joy and interest to life, don’t they? 🙂 U. S.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge! W. Judy

I watched you plant peony seeds, I followed your video and so I did the same thing…I live in Canada and the weather has been 60 degrees and hopefully better this weekend. I enjoy your videos. L. W.

Help! I am a very beginner gardener, I didn’t remove last year veggie scraps or wood chips. We have recently tilled them into our garden.. is all hope lost?…Thank you for the advise and Ray of hope! I was hoping the beginning of my gardening days weren’t over already. LOL S. D.

Very informative. Thanks for the video. D. Downunder Thanks so much for the information. Now I know what is building the “mud” tubes on the mason used to build my home. Also nice to know I don’t need to be concerned about being bit. N. W.

Love this! So once again you’ve peaked my curiosity. I just watched a few more videos on this and I would love to try it! Can I ask where you got the houses and the bees? Also, would you leave these out all winter or harvest the cocoons and store them in the fall? 🙂 C. A.

Hi I have only looked at a couple of your videos they are very good. I live in Cairns Australia which if you Google Cairns Australia we are on the Great Barrier Reef. My climate is very tropical. I look forward to viewing more of your videos F. Inglus

Hi, my brother name is Matthew. Me and him LOVE your videos. J. M.

Above video really helped me. Fortunately I was trying to breed mushrooms in Indonesia. In Jokjakarta central Java. Thanks tutorial. C. Pras Just a new sub to your channel and am enjoying it very much, you give me such great ideas. From Wisconsin too. S. Woyczik

Yea! Spring is there! Always love your videos. F. G.

Lynn, I am so surprised to see you planted Burrows tail outside and overwintered it in your Northern winters!!!! WOW! I love burrows tail and did not think in my zone 5b S E Iowa area it could take our winters! You have really impressed me with that. I will have to buy some to plant outside. If I can find it. Thanks to you and Richard for feeding our gardening souls through winter! 🙂 S. Poole

Dear Lynn and Richard thank you so much for the Liatris seeds you sent me got them today they will look so pretty in my area. M. A.

Thank you so much for sharing — I guess I never thought you could do that — but it IS important! Thanks for sharing the ‘how-to’….Lynn. P. P.

Pallets off bagged soil? Man, you are a serious gardener! I like that, very much! I am still saving for my retirement, So clean bags of soil and soilless media are out of my budget. I am forced to go to the Green Bay Yard Waste and pick up compost from their piles and mix my own soil. They’re pretty good about seasoning it, bringing their pile to temperature, though. It takes an extra year to build a nice soil for food plants, but it is all part of the gardening journey. Nice video. Q. E.

Great! I should send this to some friends-LOL S. Shah We’ve got an awesome review by our friends from Wisconsin Garden. R. A. S.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We have exceeded the previous snow limits here in Boston, Ma and I missed the Flower show here in Massachusetts plus we are getting more snow this weekend so this made my evening as I sat sipping tea. V. Solo

These videos give me so much good insight for my garden. I hope we continue to see more. Thank you Lynn and Richard!! O. S.

Can’t help it I keep watching it over and over: Amazing feeling of excitement knowing spring is just around the corner, your video is amazing as well helping us to be in the mood:) thanks guys! K. F.

If you want to come see my channel I’m 13 and if you don’t want to you don’t have too. P. E.

Great video. Good job, Logan. It’s so great for kids to have time with grandparents. We are looking forward to see how his plants progress. S. M.

Great project to do with the kiddies……Logan is a winner! Hope his plants germinate! S. Mandeville

This is so cool sharing one of your passions with Logan. The hands on projects like this will be etched in his memory of this moment like you two have with your dad Lynn and Rick with his grandparents. The relationship you two have with your grandson is wonderful to see. 🙂 W. M.

I agree you can’t get enough plants. Enjoyed your new addition to your plant collection. K. I.

I just subscribed as I found your channel by looking at your tomato planting secrets then looked at your container garden video and I find them all quite fascinating that I seen as my son and I live in a apartment complex growing outdoor stuff on our patio, F. M. I’ve been looking for this recipe for so long. Thanks Lynn! I. F.

So much info. Really appreciate it all. Have plenty of banana peels, but don’t drink coffee. We use tea bags though. I’ve been saving my containers and started my seedlings from the advice you gave last year. The tp rolls really work. I used the containers like you suggested, but mine were from taco salads and pastry. Still watching … thanks. F. O.

Exactly what i was looking for. 🙂 K. Hammer

Heyyy you guys are so cool.. hey do ya still have some leaf that I can get? J. Lee

Love your videos we have no snow in England where I live in Wiltshire so far , but winter is not over yet isn’t it , love your videos. S. Fryer

Nice garden surprise Lynn & Rick! I hear you on some garden products. I have been whining about my cheap garden hose, now, when I am done watering. I am saturated. Investing in a good product is a great idea. W. H.

You guys are awesome! How do we go about getting one signed?! J. Miller

Lynn where did you get those heavy duty extra tall tomato cages….very nice! S. W.

Those look really durable. I’ll be buying my first set of equipment this year and I definitely will go the durable route verses cheap. Just last year I had bought a cheap rake and it the handle broke apart from the rake within minutes. Love the idea of the apron too.. I’m always looking for stuff or the kids pick it up when I have my back turned. R. Koger

Fantastic bunch of garden tools! I know you guys will give them all a true workout. I’m excited to hear a review on the handheld sprinklers. I can’t tell you how many we have purchased over the years. If we are lucky they make it through 1 season. I will go check out their site. Love that they are from WI too! Snookie

Love the turtle bobble head. K. Aragon

I love your guy’s informative shows, and your husband’s sense of humor! I’m in NW Wisconsin near Eau Claire. Going to start our first gardening experience this year at our new home. I’m studying up all I can during winter right now. I haven’t seen anything in your video’s on hydrangea, do you happen to have any at all? Let me know if you do. Rachel Rick is always entertaining! C. Dahl

Lynn & Richard, I started watching your videos about a year ago and really enjoy them… D. G.

On this cold night, I’ve enjoyed catching up with you guys. The busyness of life has kept me away, but now I’m thinking about what spring may bring. God bless you both. I must check out your website too. S. M.

Loved your video….. thank you for all your tips. A. Maya Awesome… I enjoy your channel. R. McKinnis

Is there anything the 2 of you don’t do? The creative mind can do anything! We would love to come to your doodle class, but too far : Sarah M.

Cute video! Thanks for the posting. C. Christenson

Enjoyed your video! P. David You guys are so good people. Good luck everywhere. C. Mire

Great Video, Thanks! After seeing this, and one of your other efforts, I have started putting vermiculite in the water with my avocado seeds. B. Lewis

Lynn your garden is so beautiful, the greenery and daisy ,thank you for share your paradise with us. J. Gonzalez

This is one of my favorite episodes. I love your little spirit dolls. They are very unique individuals. Would you mind if I were to try making my own spirit dolls in the future? I am wanting to try growing some gourds this coming summer and now have an idea of what I would like to do with them -besides birdhouses. Kim H.

Thank you for sharing all the wonderful info on gardening. Evelyn C. My wife like to see your videos for growing green and flower. Thank for the videos. G, Bomba

I live in the Netherlands and am a first time gardener. I had a terrible tomato crop this year due to rain. I will have to cover them with plastic next year. Could you burn the dead tomato plants and use the ash for plant food? What did you do with your green tomatoes? Fry them? Make chutney? L. Casey

Such adorable art projects. I was thinking wow that’s a lot of feathers from your Cockatiel….. So cute you collected & saved her feather over the years……. E. C.

Amazing Forensic study of your garden, I have wanted so much to hear other gardeners winter thoughts. I think winter scapes are fascinating and glad to hear you leave some plants uncut and smart reasons behind that. No other garden Youtube show talk much about tis very important information. i live in Vancouver area so called lotus land ,we use mulch here too for soil improvement and have been out shopping plants perfect time of year to get 70%off T. Sargeant

Oh I wish I could be there right now . Beautiful snow. We are 35C hot in Sydney now . Love your garden and Wisconsin since watching your bids. A. C.

Hello my gardening friends, Lynn and Rick. Just want to tell you how wonderful it is to still see and hear your wonderful videos. Can’t wait till spring when we can once again enjoy Gods beauty and creation as we once again plant and grow. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks and happy New Year. H. Kesler

This was one of your best videos, please show us how you end up trimming your fruit & berries. Again loved every minute of this one, I also live in WI, so I learn a lot from you! M. Two Great paper pot making video. Thanks for sharing. Mr. G. P.

I live in North-West Ohio and our neighborhood is under attack with rabbits…I have fought them for 5 years now but am now doing raised beds with protective wire mesh on the bottom of our boxes. Hope that helps me next growing season. Thanks for your videos. A. T.

Your videos helped me a lot this year, I’m thankful that you provide us with your knowledge, I wish you and all your love ones a very merry Christmas! God bless you all! F. Blanquita

I know this is totally off topic… but… Richard, what camera do you use to video all of these cool YT segments with Lynn? could you recommend a cheap good simple camera? (I’m nearly 70 and on Social Insecurity) Could you two do a video on cameras and shooting tips? How did you get so many viewers and those great angles? J. Peck

Enjoy the interaction between you two. More indoor video please. You still have any indoor avocado plants? E. C. I like you guys. You are fun to watch. Thank you! D. Orman Love this post. Thanks for taking some to kindly educate so many! Ag Literacy Peoria County

How appropriate, a year ago I was looking for videos on how to propagate African violets, and “met” you and Rick. Now I need to divide some of my African violets a year later, and this video appears. Wisconsin Garden rocks!… We have the same watering can! I bought mine about 25 years ago from Kmart for some of my first house plants I had in my bedroom. That is when Kmart ruled the roost. How things change over time. S. M.

Hello. Florida here…grew Zinnias from seed packet, but this year I collected the seeds easily from all the spent, dried flowers, and have about 100 or so seeds to plan this coming spring. QUESTION: My zinnias grew so tall that they mostly fell over and had to be staked high. HOW DO YOU keep your pretty flower erect? Do you use twine, etc? Curious. Thanks for your video. J. Canter
Curious. Thanks for your video. J. Canter

And thousands more……. Just Amazing – THANK YOU ALL!

 

The Power Of Social Media Strikes Brookfield, Wisconsin

The Power Of Social Media Strikes Brookfield, Wisconsin

“The popularity of social media strikes again, right here in Brookfield releasing a 600th video blog for their newly designed WisconsinGarden.com website.”

The popularity of social media strikes again, right here in Brookfield, Wisconsin.   The term ‘going viral’ has struck the home of Richard & Lynn Voigt, 13720 West Keefe Avenue, in Brookfield, just a couple of blocks north-east of Brookfield East High School.

Next week their Brookfield garden will be celebrating another milestone.  They will be producing their 600th video blog for their WisconsinGarden.com website.  According to YouTube analytics, currently their 598 video blogs have now been seen in 132 countries, gaining them a following of 6,235 subscribers and generated 1,189,694 views on YouTube. To put this into perspective, that’s the equivalent of filling Miller Park to capacity 28.4 times.

Originally Lynn wasn’t too keen on being filmed while during her normal garden chores.  But her husband encouraged her to allow him to create a garden video for people who were just starting a garden, and to simply share her unique method of planting tomatoes.  She finally agreed and they produced their first video blog called, “Tomato vs. Toe-Ma-Toe.”  Little did they know then that this would become another unique chapter in their life!

Today, Lynn can only shake her head in awe at the power of social media.  “Fortunately for us, in today’s world, 99.999% has been extremely positive and supportive of our video mission.”  A simple mission that foster’s growing a healthier, self-sufficient, home-grown garden.

“Eating a tomato picked from the garden has little, if any, competition.  Your taste buds immediately sense the difference.  More importantly, you know where it was grown, the organic soil in which it was grown, but ultimately knowing it was grown without using dangerous synthetic chemicals.”

Their little half acre eclectic garden is well-known by their neighbors. On any given day it’s not uncommon for people and passing cars to stop, admire, photograph, and when they not busy working on their many other unique projects, they always make time to give private garden tours.

Richard has often been quoted, “We’re not retired – we’re refocused, and as former teachers, we just can help ourselves but to continue sharing fun ideas with others.

As if their garden project wasn’t demanding enough, they’ve authored and self-published 52 books in the last four years, manage 67 websites, and still find time to teach adult extension classes through UWM-Milwaukee via the Osher program and at Waukesha County Technical College in their Learning in Retirement (LIR) program.  This fall they will be teaching classes on “Gardening in Wisconsin,”  “Story Plot Writing & How to Self-Publish Your Book For Free,” and Richard’s unique drawing technique called, “Doodle Puzzle Designs,” he created for children and adults who’ve forgotten how to relax.  This has become one of their most popular Amazon book titles sold in the US and UK.

During the winter months, Lynn creates hand-drawn designs on her home-grown gourds and creates flying pigs out of paper Mache, while Richard continue working on his computer generated digital quilt that physically spans the length of five and a half football fields.  So far he’s created over 550 38” x 38” canvas sections, each a kaleidoscopic abstraction of a person, place or object.  Needless to say, they are still seeking a place to exhibit his ever expanding digital quilt.

If you too have been watching, you’ll soon see why their presence on social media continues to gain popularity and interest, striking us right here in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

 

For more updates visit:

www.WisconsinGarden.com,

www.RIVOart.com,

www.RIVObooks.com.

Wisconsin Garden – Questions & Answers

Q&A RESOURCE PAGE

From time to time people ask me questions about their gardens.  I am very flattered, but I only know what I have learned by trial and error, asked experts, or found out by doing research in books or on the Internet.  I’ll tell you what I think, and if you think it sounds logical, give it a try.  Thanks for having confidence in my answers, I’ll do my best to find you an answer in a timely fashion.

In most cases you’ll find many more questions and comments that others have posted directly under our YouTube video.  Once you find a video of interest make sure to scroll down and find lots of helpful tips about gardening.

If you have a question, comment or suggestions, send it to me :

Lynn@WisconsinGarden.com

If you’re in the neighborhood give us a call – We’ll be happy to take you on a tour.

GOOGLE: “Wisconsin Garden”

13720 West Keefe Avenue – Brookfield WI 53005

Please Call First: 1-262-613-4426

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From Linda:  Zombie Tree Trouble

Q:  I need help.  We have Lombardy poplar tree stumps that we can’t take out.  What do we put on them so they will stop sprouting?

A:  While we don’t have poplars on our property, I was able to find some suggestions that may prove to help solve your tree root problem.  Just realize it will take time and patience to stop them from coming back.   Let us know which technique(s) you used and which worked best.  All the sources had pretty much the same solution.   Lynn

“The poplar tree is a very common tree in North America and refers to any tree of the genus Populus. There are three main groups of poplar trees: aspens, balsam poplars and cottonwoods. They are quick growing but short-lived trees.  The tree can be very invasive due to sprouting new trees from its root system. Thus, some people find it necessary to remove poplar trees from their landscape. With proper practices, it is fairly easy to remove them.

First, using a chain saw, cut the stump down as close to the ground as you can, without allowing the chain saw’s teeth to strike the ground (this would dull your chain). Apply a non-selective herbicide like Roundup (active ingredient = glyphosate) to the stump of the poplar tree.

A good way to apply this is to use a paint brush and paint the entire exposed surface of the tree stump. This herbicide will kill the roots of the tree. Also apply it to all the leaves on the sprouts instead of cutting them off.  This way the herbicide will be absorbed by them also.

The single most effective method of getting stumps and roots to be digested is to bore some holes in the stump and fill them with a high Nitrogen product which will encourage the bacteria to get to work and digest that stump.  Drill holes a few inches deep into the stump in numerous places, using your widest drill bit; the wider and deeper the holes, the better. Fill these holes first with water, then with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. For instance, you could use cow manure.

If you’re using a commercial fertilizer instead, make sure the first of the 3 numbers of the fertilizer’s NPK is the highest (for instance, a straight nitrogen fertilizer such as 45-0-0). Soak the ground all around the stump. Cover the stump with a plastic tarp. The tarp will act as a barrier to help retain moisture in and around the stump.

Moisture is a powerful ally to have on your side for tree stump removal. Apply organic mulch over the plastic tarp, and water it thoroughly.  Organic mulch such as tree bark or hay will hold additional moisture, keeping the area even wetter.

Wet mulch is also heavy, which will help weigh the tarp down, so that it doesn’t blow away. For additional weight, roll some heavy stones onto the tarp. The final thing you need to do for this tree stump removal project is — to be patient!

You’re speeding up the natural process of rotting by employing the steps above, but this tree stump removal technique is still not for those who need the stump to disappear N-O-W.  You’ll reduce the wait for completion of your tree stump removal project, however, by periodically removing the mulch and tarp for a moment and once again thoroughly soaking the stump and the ground around it.

If you still have that nitrogen source at your disposal, add more of it. Then reapply the plastic tarp and mulch. Soak the mulch again, too, to keep the tarp wet and weighed down.

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From Jacob:  Popsicle Tree

Q. I bought a Rainbow’s End Dwarf Alberta Spruce, it’s 33″ tall and looks perfect in a pot on my front patio on the east side of the house. It came in a planter’s pot so I replaced it with a thick ceramic pot 14″x12” giving 5″ of new dirt on bottom and about 2″ on the side. I would like to keep upsizing pot size until the tree is 4 feet (should be years) then grounding it. Is this possible?  Could my new baby survive the Wisconsin winters in a pot?

A:  Sounds like you did just the right thing when you transplanted it to the new pot, Jacob.  You added new soil and didn’t go too big with the size of the pot.  It is better to use a pot that is just a little bigger than the old one.

My research answered some of my own questions about keeping plants in their containers for the winter.  First, it is advised that the plant should be rated one zone hardier than your region.  That being said, there are a few things you can do to insure it will be happy in its new home.

You mentioned that you want to keep it on your east patio, so think of ways you can keep it out of the direct path of the wind for the winter and early spring.  Consider pushing it up to the house or into a more sheltered corner.

Wind can be very drying and harmful. You will want to keep its feet warm, so use bails or bags of straw around the pot itself as insulation to protect the roots.

Think of these as decoration possibilities for the holidays. Insulate the top of the soil with wood chips to help keep the moisture in the ground, and probably the most important tip is to water your baby tree, not only right before it freezes outside, but also anytime the soil is thawed and dry, throughout the winter and spring. Enjoy your lovely little tree in all the seasons.  Sounds like it found a loving home. Lynn

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From Sue  Pop Your Own Balloons

Q. My blue balloon flowers were huge, but wouldn’t open naturally.  I had to pull them apart by hand.  Do you have any ideas as to why?

A:  I have been trying to find an answer to your balloon flower problem and have had no luck.  Every source tells how hardy and problem-free balloon flowers are.  They only list fungus problems, but never once mentioned blossoming problems.  I have not had that problem either. If you did not pop them open, what happens?  Do they just wither and die unopened?  What a disappointment!

I have to go to a nursery so they can identify a vine problem we are having, so I will ask about your flowers too.  Could be a freaky nutrient missing or something like that.  I’ll let you know what they say.

Reply from Sue: They just wither if I don’t open them.

A #2:  After talking to the experts at Hawks Nursery, they came up with a couple of possibilities. Too much water, too much shade, or a combination of both at the exact time the flowers were blooming.

Did the place you  have them planted get shadier from last year due to tree or bushes nearby? I guess you will have to wait until next year to see if it happens again.  Gardening isn’t an exact science, it’s more like a work of art in progress.

Reply from Sue:  Thanks, Lynn.  It could be more rain along with shade, but adjacent to the blue ones, there was a white one, and that opened just fine.  Guess we will wait and see.  I appreciate you checking into it.

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From Dave:  Rotten Bottoms

Q. Last week Dave, from California asked me about a problem he was having with his tomatoes. He said his tomatoes were ripening nicely but seemed to be rotting on the bottom, and was wondering if he was watering them too much.

A:  I had heard in the past that this was caused by inconsistent watering patterns, and I remember having experienced this problem myself during summers when there were periods of too much rain.  So I did some research and sure enough my sources said it can be caused by a lack of calcium in the soil caused by uneven watering or lack of water or possibly root systems that aren’t fully developed. What I suggested to Dave was that he may want to cut back on the watering a bit for now and also do what Jerry Baker recommends, which is sprinkle egg shells around your tomato plant.  The calcium from the egg shells can then get into the soil and feed your plant what it needs.  He was going to try that and let me know.  Good luck, Dave.  I know you are looking forward to eating your juicy, but firm, home-grown tomatoes.

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From Rachel:   Witches Butter

Q.  What is this yellow mold-like stuff growing in my flower bed? Here is a picture I took of that I took with my phone.

A:  After doing some research I think I found your culprit.  It’s called Witch’s Butter. Isn’t that a descriptive and colorful name!  You were right, Rachel, it is in the fungus family.  Here are a few suggestions I found on the Internet that you could try.

How To Treat Soil Fungus

Option 1 – Purchase a fungicide approved for use on the type of grass and plants you have and apply it to your yard according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Option 2 – Mix water and baking powder together in a spray bottle and apply it directly to areas with soil fungus problems. Use 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking powder in a 16 to 20 ounce spray bottle. Do not add so much baking powder that the mixture becomes too thick to spray easily.

Option 3 – Sprinkle corn meal over fungus-infested areas. The cornmeal will soak up the moisture and help kill certain types of fungi.

Option 4 – Add nitrogen to woody mulches to prevent the mulch from taking nitrogen from your plants. Add grass clippings to your wood mulch before composting or use poultry manure or urea to add nitrogen.

Option 5 – Saturate compost and mulch with water right after applying them to your soil. Water helps promote the growth of helpful bacteria that attack harmful fungi, reducing the chance of developing a fungus problem.

Resource: http://www.ehow.com/how_5899213_treat-soil-fungus.html

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From Jeri  Tomato Tonic

Q. What nutrients did you use when you planted your tomatoes?  

A:  I used Jerry Baker’s formula called “Timely Tomato Tonic.”  3 cups of compost, ½ cup Epsom salt, and1 T. baking soda. To that mixture I added a handful of worm castings that we bought from Will Allen’s Growing Power, Urban Farm Store. The sugar goes in the hole and then sprinkle the dry milk around the tomato when it’s planted.  Best of luck with yours.

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From Nora & Marc

Q. I’ve read your blog, and watched many of the videos.  Your tips are so helpful, and I would like to thank you for sharing!  I enjoy walking with you through the garden to see what you’ve done and how it has changed over time.

Lynn & Rick, I have watched videos 1-46 excluding number 44 which I didn’t find.  Each one was so interesting from a gardening perspective.  You work soooo hard and it shows in all your gardens. I especially liked the berm video and wish I had seen it before we spent so much to fill a ditch in front of our home!

I live on 13 acres, so leaves would have been easy to collect and pile up there for the last 11 years that we’ve lived here.  The log wall is so unusual, making it beautiful.  We mow around 8 acres and less mowing perked up my ears.

The idea of all the mulch and garden rather than boring grass makes your acre seem so much larger.  The mulch would be harder to do here as our property slopes down into two ponds.  I will look for the mower video!  Sounds like a scary moment:(  Maybe you need to let that strong man you married do some of those harder jobs!!

I don’t have anything to share, just looking for ideas to use in my yard.  I was interested in planting strawberries and that’s how I ran into your site.  I just kept moving from one video to the next, watching you transform your place and tell what you had done in the past.

I have a couple of Silver Maples to plant and I’m not so sure I want to plant them after hearing that you took them out of your yard.  We would have them close to the house than would be safe!  The idea was to plant fast growing trees the replace shade trees we took out.  We had to take out 8 old trees that had been through all the ice storms the could stand.

They were what my husband called “Piss Elms.”  They dropped tiny limbs daily and he spent half an hour each day picking them up.  He doesn’t miss them at all.  The shade on the house is gone now and the Silver Maples would grow fast and shade the house and yard again. I could comment on each video, they are all so good.

Feel free to post my comments in your blog if you’d like.  Thought I’d let you know we live in Northwest Missouri.  Thanks for all the information! Marc & Nora

A. Dear Nora, Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment.  Rick and I have fun walking around the yard looking at the changes that take place daily, knowing full well we will never be finished because everything just keeps growing.  Thank goodness it does!

We continue to try things and talk to people about how they do things.  Please share your tips and ideas so we can learn from you too.  Did you see the latest blog with me working on the lawnmower?

I did my best to follow Rick’s instructions, but when he started it up, I hadn’t cranked the blade on tight enough, and it made the most terrible noise…..he had to stop it and use his muscles on it.  Live and learn.

If you’re on FaceBook, feel free to join my garden group.  Just look me up at Lynn Voigt.  Sincerely, Lynn & Richard

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Bind Weed   Our daughter, Lace, sent me a picture of a weed that was growing in a friend’s yard and asked if I knew what it was.  Even from the tiny camera shot, we could tell it was from the morning glory family because it was twining its way up a flower stem.  I have heard it called Bind Weed because it just wraps itself all over your plants and binds them together.  Eventually it gets little pinkish morning glory flowers and produces SEEDS.

Our advice is to spray it with a ground-type spray, unless it is already climbing all over your plants.  In that case you will need to unwrap it, pull or dig it out, and throw those invasive weeds in a garbage bag. Don’t just throw it on the ground somewhere or in a compost bin, as it will root itself and start over.  It’s a constant battle once you find it, but always worth the work to protect and keep your garden plants in top health.

A Color Guide For Perennial Plants

A COLOR GUIDE FOR PERENNIAL PLANTS

Here’s a color guide for selecting perennial plants that produce seasonal spring blooms starting in May, to those late fall blossoming plants in October.

May/June Blue/Purple Blooming Perennials Ajuga Allium Aquilegia Centaurea Iris Lamium Linum Mertensia Mazus Myosotis Phlox Divaricata Phlox Stolonifera Phlox subulata Ploemonium Pulmonaria Primula Thalictrum

May/June Yellow/Orange Blooming Perennials Geum borisii Caltha Euphorbia Armeria

May/June Pink Blooming Perennials Dianthus Dicentra Heuchera Lamium Geranium Iris Saponaria

May/June White Blooming Perennials Pulsatilla Iberis Heuchera Iris Lamium

June/July Blue/Purple Blooming Perennials Amsonia Allium Baptisia Campanula Centaurea Delphinium Dracocephalum Erigeron Geranium Iris Nepeta Scabiosa Stachys Tradescantia Veronica

June/July Yellow/Orange Blooming Perennials Anthemis Gaillardia Inula Coreopsis Daylilies Oriental poppy Trollius

June/July Pink Blooming Perennials Astilbe Dianthus Erigeron Digitalis Filipendula Geranium Lychnis Peony Penstemon Pyrethrum

June/July White Blooming Perennials Aruncus

July/August Blue/Purple Blooming Perennials Aconitum Daylilies Dracocephalum Echinops Eryngium Gentian Hosta(some) Nepeta Perovskia Phlox Platycodon Thalictrum roch. Veronica

July/August Yellow/Orange Blooming Perennials Asceplias Achillea(some) Belamcanda Coreopsis Gaillardia Heliopsis Ligulaira Rudbeckia J

uly/August Pink Blooming Perennials Achillea(some) Echinacea Hibiscus Liatris Monarda Phlox Sidalcea

July/August White Blooming Perennials Lobeila Daylilies Monarda(some) Phlox Astilbe(white) Gypsophila(white) Hosta(white) Platycodon(white) Phlox(white)

August/September Blue/Purple Blooming Perennials Aster Caryopteris Echinops Eupatorium Hosta(some) Perovskia Tricyrtis

August/September Yellow/Orange Blooming Perennials Coreopsis Helenium Kirengeshoma Ligularia Macleaya Rudbeckia Solidago

August/September Pink Blooming Perennials Anemone Aster Astilbe Chelone Echinacea Hibiscus Physostegia Sedum

August/September White Blooming Perennials Cimicifuga Lysimachia

September/October Blue/Purple Blooming Perennials Aster Aconitum Nepeta Salvia Pitcher

September/October Yellow/Orange Blooming Perennials Amsonia(foliage) Coreopsis

September/October Pink Blooming Perennials Rudbeckia Anemone Aster

September/October White Blooming Perennials Boltonia Cimicifuga

Perennial Plants That Attract

PERENNIAL PLANTS THE ATTRACT

Here are some factors to consider when planting perennials that attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and catch our eyes and fill them with beauty, scent, and pride.

Among the factors you might consider when selecting perennials for your garden – beyond their beauty – is what “job” do you want your perennial plants to perform? How about attracting butterflies? Providing natural food for birds? Providing flowers for fresh bouquets or for drying? Scenting the evening air with fragrance? Deterring rabbits? Entertaining young visitors or creating conversation? The possibilities are endless…

Perennials for Attracting Butterflies & Birds

*Plants marked with an asterix are rated “top ten” nectar plants by Stokes Nature Guides

Early Season Bulbs (Crocus, Scilla, Chionodoxa, Daffodils) Early Season Nectar Source

Phlox stolonifera & Phlox divaricate  (Woodland Phlox) Early Season Nectar Source

Hosta Hummingbirds Heuchera (Coralbells) Hummingbirds

Aquilegia (Columbine) Hummingbirds

Centaurea montana (Perennial Bachelor Button) Butterflies  (nectar) & Birds (seeds)

Penstemon (Beardtongue) Hummingbirds

Coreopsis  (Tickseed)* Butterflies (nectar)  & Birds (seeds)

Achillea (Yarrow) Butterflies

Monarda (Beebalm) Hummingbirds

Liatris (Gayfeather/Blazing Star)* Butterflies

Nepeta subsessilis (Nepeta) Hummingbirds

Eupatorium (Joe-Pye-Weed)* Butterflies

Lobelia  cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) Hummingbirds

Phlox paniculata & P. maculata  (Summer Phlox) Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Silphium perfoliatum (Cup Plant) Butterflies & Birds (water source)

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Butterflies

Rudbeckia sp. (Black-Eyed-Susan)* Butterflies  (nectar) & Birds (seeds)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)* Butterflies  (nectar) & Birds (seeds)

Asclepias sp. (Butterfly Weed & Milkweed)* Butterflies (adult & juvenile)

Solidago sp. (Goldenrod) Butterflies

Aster novae-anglae (New England Aster)* Butterflies (adult & juvenile)

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Butterflies (adult & juvenile)

Clematis paniculata (Sweet Autumn Clematis) Birds (cover & nesting)

Parthenossisus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper) Birds (fruit)  

 

Flowers & Foliage for Drying Note: All can simply be harvested at their prime and hung upside down to dry in a cool dry area

Yarrow (Achillea) Flowers (retain brilliant yellow color)

Anise-Hyssop (Agastache) Flowers (fragrant)

Ornamental Onion (Allium) Seedheads (can be colored once dried)

Artemisia Foliage (fragrant)

Astilbe Flowers (dry brown; can be colored once dried)

Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily) Blackberry-like ornamental seeds & pods

Globe Thistle (Echinops) Flowers (retain color)

Sea Holly (Eryngium) Flowers (retain color)

Ornamental Grasses Flowers & Seedheads (dry to tan)

Lavender (Lavandula) Flowers & Foliage (fragrant)

Beebalm (Monarda) Flowers (fragrant & retain color)

Peony (Paeonia) Flowers (retain color)

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum) Flower Bracts (fragrant)

Roses Flowers (retain color)

Tansy (Tanacetum) Flowers (retain color)

 

Flowers for Cutting Actually, a vast array of flowers work well in bouquets. Experiment!

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) Beautiful “filler” in arrangements

Asters (Asters) Fabulous color range, late season bouquets

Clematis (Clematis) Float a single blossom in a decorative bowl

Delphinium Striking color palette (true blues)

Dianthus, longer stemmed varieties Long lasting as cut flower

Daisies (Dendranthema, Leucanthemum) Classic simple bouquet or filler

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) Airy “filler”

Daylily (Hemerocallis) Each flower only lasts a day; pick a beautiful blossom  in the morning and display it on a pretty dish until evening (needs no water)

Coral Bells (Heuchera) Dainty accent

Iris (Iris) Fleeting but gorgeous

Gayfeather (Liatris) Outstanding vertical accent

Peony (Paeonia) A classic for fresh bouquets

Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata/maculata) Long lasting & fragrant, good color range

Pincushion Flower Super long-lasting as cut flower  

 

Fragrant Flowers Plant near a patio, deck or walkway to best enjoy their fragrance.

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria) Tiny but intensely perfumed.

Dianthus Clove-scented

Scented Geraniums Annuals, but a “must” for patio containers

Hosta Certain varieties have very fragrant flowers

Lilies (Lilium) One plant can scent the entire garden!

Peony (Paeonia) Many are sweet scented

 

Plants Not Favored By Deer/Rabbits No Guarantees!

Monkshood (Aconitum) Toxic

Ornamental Onion (Allium) Pungent scent & flavor

Bluestars (Amsonia) Milky sap

Artemisia Pungent foliage

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema) Toxic

Astilbe Unattractive taste

Calamint (Calamintha) Pungent scent & flavor

Turtlehead (Chelone) Unattractive taste

Snakeroot/Fairy Candles (Cimicifuga) Unattractive taste

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) Unattractive taste

Gas Plant (Dictamnus) Toxic

Foxglove (Digitalis) Toxic

Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium) Unattractive taste

Spurge (Euphorbia) Toxic

Perennial Geranium (Geranium) Unattractive taste

Lavender & Most Herbs Pungent scent & flavor

Grass, Ornamental Unattractive taste

Lenten Rose (Helleborus) Toxic

Beebalm (Monarda) Pungent scent & flavor

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis) Pungent scent & flavor

Daffodils (Narcissus) Toxic

Catmint (Nepeta) Pungent scent & flavor

Russian Sage (Perovskia) Pungent scent & flavor

Balloon Flower Milky Sap

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum) Pungent scent & flavor

Ornamental Sage (Salvia) Pungent scent & flavor

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys) Unattractive taste

Veronica (Veronica) Unattractive taste

 

Plants for Entertaining Children & Other Garden Guests

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) Collects rainwater & dew like jewels on leaf edges

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema) Children are fascinated by the floral “house”

American Ginger (Asarum) Putrid smelling flowers pollinated by flies (little kids love this!)

Butterfly Weed/Milkweed (Asclepias) Monarch butterfly & caterpillar “magnets”

False Indigo (Baptisia) Legend has it that native American children shook the seedheads of this plant to imitate their elders in ceremonies

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) Girls especially love these “heart plants”

Gas Plant (Dictamnus) Gaseous emissions can supposed be lit with a match!

Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda) Fruiting body resembles a cinnamon stick

Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula) Flowers look like cotton candy

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) Flowers look like native American blankets

Bedstraw (Galium) Early settlers stuffed their mattresses with this plant

Catchfly (Lychnis) Sticky stems were said to “catch flies”

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) A Wisconsin cactus fascinates children

Obedient Plant (Physostegia) Turn the blossom and it “obediently” stays where you place it

Balloon Flower (Platycodon) Buds look like inflated balloons

Soapwort (Saponaria) Early settlers used this plant to make soap

Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum) Mother “hen” surrounded by baby “chicks”

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys) Silky silver “lamb’s ear” foliage

 

Particularly Long Blooming (6+ weeks)

Deadheading will almost always extend bloom period

Yarrow (Achillea)

Perennial Marguerite (Anthemis)

Daisies (Dendranthema & Leucanthemum)

Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Yellow Bleeding Heart (Corydalis)

Fernleaf Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia & cultivars)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

Blanketflower (Gaillardia)

Perennial Geranium (Geranium)

False Sunflower (Heliopsis)

Daylilies (reblooming varieties)

Coralbells (Heuchera)

Knautia (Knautia)

Catmint (Nepeta)

Persicaria/Polygonum (all types)

Russian Sage (Perovskia)

Summer Phlox (Phlox)

Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia)

Ornamental Sage (Salvia)

Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa)

 

SOURCE: PERENNIAL PLANTS THE ATTRACT BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, & HUMMINGBIRDS by Zannah Crowe, horticulturist

Planting Tomatoes in Wisconsin

Planting Tomatoes in Wisconsin

Preparing your soil is the most important tip in planting tomatoes in Wisconsin and needs to be prepared, every year, before your plant anything!

When To Plant Planting tomatoes in Wisconsin can be a tricky timing puzzle.  In the olden days before global warming, you didn’t dare plant your tomatoes before Memorial Day for fear of frost killing them. In the last five years or so, I have planted them safely in the middle of May.  If you just can’t wait to get your fingers in the dirt after our long winter, go ahead and plant them, just have milk jugs or pots ready to cover them if the warning goes out.

Where To Get Plants Some gardeners just love to get started with their gardens when the snow is still on the ground.  They set up little greenhouses on their dining room table or window sill and get their grow-lights, growing trays, and seeds out and get started.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a joy to see them come up and grow bigger by the day. Many people don’t have the time, space, or patience it takes to grow their own so they buy their plants at local stores.

Without naming names, I have tried several big box store tomatoes, and have always gone back to my garden center or green market when I want really healthy and heavy producing plants.  You may pay a few cents more, but the outcome in tomato quality pays off.

 

“A Gardener’s Main Focus – Establishing Great Soil”

How To Prepare Your Soil.  Compost, compost, and more compost!

Your soil is one of the most important aspects of growing delicious healthy tomatoes; it needs to be prepared – every year – before your plant anything! Tomatoes take a lot of nutrients out of the soil, so each year you need to rotate what you plant where.  My best advice is adding compost, compost and more compost.  Whether aged cow manure, leaf mulch, coffee grounds, or composted kitchen scraps, adding compost to one’s garden adds a nutrient rich quality to any garden soil.

If you planted tomatoes in one area last year, plant beans or peppers there this year.  It will give your soil a chance to rest and also keeps the bugs guessing where your tomatoes went. In the Fall it is very beneficial to put chopped leaves on your growing area.  We often ask our neighbors for theirs so we are sure to have enough. In return, they get free produce in season.

When Spring arrives you want to add more nutrients in the form of composted manure and peat moss which is available at any store that carries gardening supplies.  Be as generous as your budget allows because this it the key to good soil and more tomatoes!

If you have a rototiller to mix it all up, that’s wonderful, if not, a shovel or pitchfork works just fine and you won’t have to exercise for that day.  If your soil is too hard you may want to add some course sand to help loosen it up and make it easier for the plants to grow.

 

How To Plant I am a big fan of Jerry Baker; he has written many books on gardening using common sense and household products to handle many gardening problems you may have.  He has tonics and sprays for everything!

You’ll feel like a chemist mixing Epson salts and dish soap with ammonia and tobacco juice, but you may also be amazed at the results you get.  You can go online and find many helpful hints from Jerry. This year I am using Jerry Baker’s tomato planting mix to see how well it works in my garden.  I have used some of his ingredients before, but not all.   I’m always experimenting to see what works.

Dig your hole in the dirt about twice the size of the pot the tomato is in, so you can fill it with newly loosened soil making it easy for the roots to take hold.  If you’re using a fertilizer or Jerry’s mix, put it in the bottom of the hole, along with a teaspoon of sugar before you add the plant.  Yes, it does seem to make them sweeter.

Hold the pot sideways and knock it gently but hard enough to squeeze the plastic pot to make the plant slide out easier.

With one hand over the opening supporting your plant, tip the pot upside down and jiggle it out. Carefully place the plant into the hole.

NOTE: Tomatoes like to be buried deeply as they will sprout new roots long their stems where soil comes into contact.  This makes your plant stronger and less likely to be blown over in the wind.

Gently pat around your plant and create a crater of soil around the plant to form a catch basin for water when it rains or you sprinkle it.  You don’t want to pile the soil around your plant so it looks like a lone tree on top of a hill; all the water will run off and leave before it can soak into the soil.

Give your tomato a drink right away to settle the soil around the roots, then water it daily for a week or so depending on your weather and location.  If it starts looking wilty and thirsty, give it a drink; you want juicy tomatoes, right?

 

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Care Of Your Plants Water your babies regularly and watch for insects that seem to be bothering them.  If you have problems with bugs, check out Jerry Baker again or ask your garden center what they recommend.

Tomato plants like to grow new stems right above each leaf.  Some people choose to nip those new branches out and let only the main stems grow and produce.  It’s a personal choice.  Try it on a few and see if you notice a difference in tomato size and production.

I like to cut off some of the huge leaves that grow into each other so that more air can pass through the plant, and make it less likely that pests will want to stop by and live there, and mildew doesn’t get started in the shady areas.  Again, try it and see if it works for your garden.

Pick up whatever you chop off, and throw it away or put it in a compost pile, don’t just leave them on the ground.  That would be an open invitation for disease and bugs to come and stay. I also like to cage my plants to keep them off the ground.  This makes a cleaner area around each plant, and it is also easier to see and pick your fruit before it gets too ripe.

I use the sturdy metal cages and tie the branches up with natural twine.  The twine does not get hot and burn your plants like twisty ties can, and it also decomposes by itself.

 

 

End of Season Clean Up When the season is over, clean up is essential!  You want to pull out and dispose of or compost the plants and any tomatoes that have fallen on the ground.

New plants will pop up next summer from the seeds on the ground.  Those plants may look healthy, but usually they are faulty hybrids that will not produce the lovely fruit from the year before.

Your whole purpose for cleaning up is to create next year’s bed that will be free of pests, weeds, and disease.  When you have finished cleaning you should see a bed that is ready to grow next spring with no hint of what grew there last summer.

It will make you eager to get started next spring because there will be no mess to clean up before you can have the fun of planting again. Gardening should be fun.  It’s good to be outdoors; it’s calming, it’s rewarding, and it’s financially worth the wholesome produce you grow.

You will know exactly what you put into the soil and not have to worry about the poisonous additives you often get from store bought food.  You will know that the food you pick is as fresh as it can possible be because you picked it the minute before you ate it and thus got ALL the nutrients immediately.

Gardening is a great family activity that will be remembered by everyone and perhaps passed down from generation to generation.  That’s what happened in our family.  Our children and our nieces and nephews all find joy in gardening, and that is because their grandpa was a proud gardener who showed off his garden whenever someone came to visit.  Have fun – start a garden!

Credit: Planting Tomatoes in Wisconsin by Lynn Susan Voigt

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