Fall reFresh

After days of rain & being inside, I find the urge to bust the blues by adding some fall color to the garden. Especially when I can add that splash of color right outside the window for all to enjoy. One of my fall favorites is Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender.’ This plant is in the mint family and boasts an abundance of attractive lavender flowers which bloom over a long period of time. This hardy plant will last until frost.

As is typical of plants in the mint family, this plant has square stems, opposite leaves and tubular, two-lipped flowers. In this case, each group of flowers are presented on long 6” spikes surrounded by glossy, dark green leaves with a hint of purple underneath. This lovely plant enjoys moist, well-drained soils and partial shade. One note: it will help to remove flower spikes after blooms have finished.

It is readily available & commonly sold as a hanging basket which makes changing the over-grown summer hanging baskets for theseTSG, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Fall Garden Flowers fresh new fall baskets super simple, while providing instant gratification for the cooped up garden lover.

The special benefit is that it also provides late-season nectar for migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. An important eco-service in our Certified Wildlife Habitat, as well as a source of entertainment for our whole family.

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather, too.

Happy Gardening!

Leave ’em for the Latecomers

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migration is prompted by hormones, not weather. Go ahead and leave those feeders up as a nectar source for the stragglers coming from the north. Especially since flower sources begin to dwindle during the fall season in most home gardens.

For more fun facts, check out this entertaining and informative video, below. Or, click on this How to Attract Hummingbirds to your Garden link.

#HappyGardening!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…

The Hummingbird MothHummingbird?
Check out this case of
mistaken identity in the garden.

Celebrate with The Soulful Gardener

Carderock-C-O-Potomac-landscape-frame-059.JPGAt the NEW Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg Grand Opening on Thursday, June 11th from 4 p.m. –
7 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. & get more information here.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

“Celebrate our hotel opening with Homewood’s Lewis the Duck and support the Gaithersburg environment as the Muddy Branch Alliance showcases local artists in support of our tributary streams and watershed. Displayed art will be available for purchase. ”  ~ Homewood Suites, Washington D.C. North, Gaithersburg

False-Blue-Indigo-Frame-May-Potomac.JPGAs one of the guest artists, I will have a collection of signature photographs on display and available for purchase. I will also have information about custom presentations you can schedule for your garden club, eco-action group, HOA and/or green organization.

Come celebrate the opening of Homewood Suites while looking at beautiful local art and enjoying some nibbles and noshes. Remember to R.S.V.P. so we can plan accordingly.

Hope to see all my local Soulful friends there!

The Jewels of Summer have Arrived!

2015 first hummingbird 008Excited to share that our first Ruby-throated Hummingbird has arrived in our wildlife habitat (a.k.a. yard) here in the Washington D.C. metro area.

2015 first hummingbird 007 2015 first hummingbird 006Have you spotted them at your house, too? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Humming-Birding!

It’s time to hang your Hummingbird Feeders!

Hummingbird at Fountain 5-15-13 002Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
are almost here!

It’s been a long cold winter here in the Washington D.C. metro area. But, believe it or not, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are being spotted in nearby Virginia. To track their migration or better yet, to participate in a little citizen science, log your first sightings at:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.

Putting up feeders now is very important since it has not been warm enough in our hummingbird feeders up 4-2 011area for established nectar-giving perennials to bloom. The hummingbirds will need a readily available food source as they migrate north from South America.

I usually supplement my hummingbird feeders by hanging baskets of annual tubular flowers in the red family such as fuchsia or snapdragons, but it is too early to assume that our overnight freezing temperatures are completely a thing of the past. The best rule of thumb is to wait until Mother’s Day to plant annuals in our area in order to avoid spring frosts. If you are like me, waiting requires serious discipline, but you will be rewarded with healthy plants that do not require a daily study of weather maps so you can protect them on very cold nights or worse, replace them when you forget.

So, get out those feeders, make your nectar and hang them up! You may get your first visitor as early as this week.

Here is a sneak peek of what you will soon be enjoying at your feeders:

Learn more here: How to attract Hummingbirds to your Garden.

Happy Gardening!

Meditative Mourning Dove

Moving water attracts birds to your garden

Look who came by the pond today? It’s getting warmer outside and I do believe Spring weather is finally getting closer. We are always surprised to see just who visits our backyard pond. Today, it was a peaceful Mourning Dove who was just relaxing by the water’s edge.Mourning Dove in water feature, birds 002

Last year, a Mourning Dove took a bath in our water fountain. It floated on a lilypad and started to do what looked like calisthenics, slowly lifting one wing way up to the sky and then the other. Like a Mourning stretch.

To learn more, click “How to Attract Birds to your Garden

Happy Gardening!

Creating your own Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun for the whole family and great for the enviornment

NWF Nestlings CoverLet me show you how easy it is to attract pollinators, birds & wildlife to your own backyard. It will be a constant source of entertainment and education for the whole family.

Don’t forget, I’ll be talking about gardening to attract birds at The Wild Bird Center in Gaithersburg. Call 301-330-9453, to reserve your free seat.

Happy Gardening!

TSG Photos at Quince Orchard Library

Dear Soulful Friends,

I am very excited to let you know that you can view photos from The Soulful Gardner at the Quince Orchard Library located at 15831 Quince Orchard Rd, North Potomac, MD 20878.

I love to capture beautiful moments in the garden and in nature. Sharing those imagesIMG_1999
 with you gives me great pleasure. This is just the first of many shows that I plan to bring to you in the future. It is another way that I will fulfill my mission “to bring people plants and nature together for health and well-being.”

If you would like to bring a “soulful” moment in nature home, please contact me at thesoulfulgardener@gmail.com for pricing information.

Enjoy the show!

 

 

Time to hang those Feeders!

TSG CoverRuby-Throated Hummingbirds are on their way to YOU!. Watch this fun & informative video about how to attract them to your yard.

For more fun facts & photos about How to attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, click here.

Happy Gardening!