Welcome back to the Growing NOW Garden Tour. I’m soaking in the beauty of my low input roses this week… I have to admit, I had always thought of roses as too fussy to grow in my garden. While they do take a bit of extra work pruning and keeping up with the spent blooms, I’ve been lucky to come across several low-input varieties. I’m enjoying them immensely. They don’t require any pesiticide sprays, once established they require less water, and the bees love them! The roses blooming extravagantly in my garden this week are..
if you’re looking for more information on how to grow environmentally friendly roses, I’ll be sharing some other varieties and my growing notes throughout the summer.
Meanwhile, are you getting out in your garden and growing?? I hope so. This week’s featured gardener spends an enormous amount of time in her garden. I’m thrilled to introduce the witty and incredibly knowledgeable, Tracy Blevins. I met Tracy earlier this year at the Chicago Flower Show, and this woman knows her plants! Tracy, along with her husband Bill, are the intellectual and creative minds behind the new Plants Map. I’ll let Tracy share more about it, but if you’ve ever wondered how to catalog all your garden photos and information in one easily accessible place, then you”ll really love what Tracy is up to at Plants Map.
Tracy Blevins Garden Tour
It’s week 5 of the Grow Now Garden Tour 2015, and I am delighted to share a few favorites from my June garden. I first want to say thank you to Beth Billstrom for inviting me to participate. And I also appreciate the Plants Map mention in last week’s tour from Angie of The Freckled Rose.
I am a cofounder of the website PlantsMap.com, and we recently underwent a major transition from our startup website to a completely new site built to host plant collections and connect people with plants.
The idea spawned from my desire to transition my plant documentation from spreadsheets and traditional journals into a digital, mobile format where I could save my photos with my notes, references and other details about my plants. It is now my favorite tool while in my garden because all of my own plant information is available to me at my fingertips by accessing Plants Map right from my phone! I will be sharing from My Plants Map profile, a few of my favorite collections and plant stories I have created.
And now, these are a few of my favorite things…
From my 2015 Annuals, I would like to feature my Red Foliated Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum ‘Red Foliated’). Yes cotton! I found this plant a local plant sale and never knew you could grow cotton as an ornamental annual.
From my Hydrangea Collection, it was hard to pick just one favorite. Hydrangeas are a true botanical addiction of mine and I estimate that over the years I have grown at least 60 different cultivars. I currently have 20 hydrangeas and my favorite, at the moment, is Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’ with its large white flower heads.
From my Trees Collection, I wanted to feature a favorite from the Stewartia genus. Although not that well known, the summer flowering Stewartia monadelpha can easily be enjoyed in many landscapes due to its compact size.
Thanks again Beth. I hope everyone enjoyed the tour of my garden and a few of my favorite plants and that you will stay tuned for the next GrowingNow2015 featured garden next week. ~ Tracy Blevins, Plants Map Cofounder
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UPDATE ~ I wanted to add a word about the changes to the Growing Now Garden Tour 2015 for those of you who have been following along since the beginning. I originally had intended the tour to be a summer blog hop. However, there have been some techy changes in the world of mobile websites that made many of the blog link-up applications inoperable on secured sites. It’s important to me that my site be as safe as I can make it for all who visit. So, I’ve chosen to forego the blog hop and instead feature a different gardener every week from now through Labor Day. If you garden/blog and would enjoy being featured, please send me an email. If you don’t blog, continue to stop by each Friday and take a virtual tour of a lovely garden! Thanks! ~ Beth
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