Backyard Vegetable and Flower Garden

Our backyard vegetable and flower gardens are doing fabulous this year, thanks to a perfect spring season that wasn't too heavy on either rain or sun.  We started our entire raised vegetable garden bed from seeds this year and I'm happy to report that everything has sprouted and is on the verge of producing food.  This year's bounty will include peas, green beans, carrots, okra, jalapeños, and pickling cucumbers.  I'm ready to break out the vinegar and Ball jars and start pickling and canning!

I also spent some time this week potting some newly acquired houseplants and succulents.    Wally sought shade under the picnic table while he kept me company.  Maybe my chronically brown thumbs are slowly turning a shade of green? Let's hope so. has all the newest gadgets for improving your garden. Let technology make gardening easy.

Burning Bushes destroy neighborhood

Burning Bushes destroy neighborhood with sheer beauty!  Check it out.

The burning bush, Euonymus alata, is one of the most popular deciduous landscape shrubs grown in the United States. The reason it is so popular is because of the brilliant red color this plant displays each fall. The red fall color is simply stunning. Burning bush is an easy plant to grow. They will grow in most soils and soil conditions in zones 4 through 8. The burning bush prefers moist, well drained soil, but they are very adaptable to poor soils, drought, and heat stress. The red color is enhanced and is more brilliant if the bush is planted in full sun. Shade will mute the fall colors. The burning bush displays dark green foliage in the spring and summer. Burning bush is popular for mass plantings, borders, hedges, and as an accent plant.

Burning bush usually does not require much pruning. If pruning is required, cut the older branches out immediately after it finishes blooming. Shearing a burning bush will also mute the fall color but it will not harm the shrub. The bush can be cut to the ground following bloom time if you feel the plant needs renewal. Burning bush can grow into a large bush so care should be given to allow enough space for the plant to grow without interference from other plants or buildings. Care should be give to young burning bush plants to prevent rabbits from eating the bark around the base of the bush. After burning bush plants are established they are relatively fast growing.

Catch the fire of beauty with Burning Bushes!