Whistling Gardener Blog

"What exactly does it mean to be Drought Tolerant,” by the Whistling Gardener

Enjoy the cool mornings. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s been almost five decades since I had a college level plant physiology class and studied the process of how plants move water through their vascular systems and how they adapt to drought conditions so they can survive the dry summers.

After some research, I am happy to say that the science hasn’t changed much.

"It’s Time to get Serious About Watering," by the Whistling Gardener

Gorgeous and huge Dinnerplate Dahlias. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Last week the Whistling Gardener gave you several tips on how to become a better gardener. As promised, this week he will enlighten you on how to water properly.

Good gardeners seem to have a sixth sense about when and how much water to apply to their gardens. The rest of us aren’t quite as gifted and need a cheat sheet.

"Bonkers over Begonias," by The Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I confess, growing up in southern California, I have always had an affection for begonias. My very first purchase, at the young age of eight, was from the county fair and was a rhizomatous variety that I grew for many years. While I have never met a begonia I didn’t like, the number of varieties to choose from is far too numerous to cover in a short column like this, so I am going to focus on three of my favorites that are garden worthy.