Focus on Flowers
Modern gardeners benefit from the patient work of centuries of flower breeders.
Talking To Plants
I often mutter to myself and also to the plants in my garden, and perhaps you do too.
Names For Roses
About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”
The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.
Although non-native, lilacs are a much-loved and well-behaved import to North America.
Common names for these wonderful plants are Christmas rose or Lenten rose, depending on the species and time of bloom.
Mother’s Day is a truly floral holiday.
As well as wonderful quotations, C. L. Fornari's handy book contains a lot of useful advice.
For flower lovers, the ability to step out into the garden and pick a fistful of blooms for a vase, is one of spring’s great pleasures.
We should ask questions before we purchase our plants this spring. It's important to know whether pesticides that put our bees at risk have been used.
The Passion Of Alice Waters
Because Earth Day is coming up, let’s pay homage to Alice Waters.
Fragrance In Our Gardens
Scientists have found odor receptors in nearly every organ in the human body!
Winston Churchill’s Love Of Nature
I love the informality of Churchill’s flower paintings, with simple vases containing bunches of garden blooms.
Japanese Tree Lilac
Japanese Tree Lilac is a useful, adaptable ornamental tree.
Carolina Silverbell Tree
Carolina Silverbells used to be hard to find and were rarely seen in home gardens, but now I'm determined to find one!
Japanese Snowbell Tree
This tree has multi-seasonal interest with attractive branching and lovely pink blooms in the spring.
This star magnolia is certainly a spring “star” but fades into the adjacent greenery a bit once her precocious flowers fade away.
My Dear Magnolia Virginiana
Sweetbay Magnolia flowers have a citrusy fragrance that makes me want to sniff them whenever I am nearby.
This is an adaptable native tree with no serious disease or pest problems and a lovely branching pattern.
Early Women Garden Photographers
Early women garden photographers created a new art form in the 20th century.
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More informationFor Moya Andrews, gardening is more than just having pretty flowers to look at – it’s a passion. In Focus on Flowers she shares not only gardening tips, but some of her fervor for the esthetic of gardens, on occasion even considering gardening as a metaphor for certain aspects of life.
Focus on Flowers airs on WFIU:
Thursdays and Fridays at 3:25 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 7:06 a.m.