What’s “Growing” On?

By on Mar 3, 2015 in Early Spring |

(Garden Trends 2015) The activity of gardening is synonymous with a healthy lifestyle. People see their outdoor space and activities as an extension and reflection of themselves. Not only is the outdoor area a living space, it is also a reflection of our personalities and a healthy lifestyle. The Millennial generation (18-35) is leading the charge for change including front yard gardens and goats in cities and suburbs. In some cases this includes movements to change neighborhood ordinances. Recently we posed the subject of the return of the clothesline to the yard on my radio show. The phone lines lit up with wide and varied opinions. As a kid I remember the clotheslines in the neighborhood and the sometimes embarrassing public displays of garments flapping in the breeze. Many Baby Boomers like me have these memories including the smell of line dried sheets on the bed at night. For...

Take a dip in the hot “shrub”

By on May 8, 2012 in Spring |

If you live in West Michigan and have driven past the entrance to the Gerald Ford International Airport in May a mass of beautiful white blooms catches your eye. I know this because when they come into bloom the emails begin asking what is that plant, is it a dogwood? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Viburnum! I’m glad you asked because the woody deciduous shrub that looks like a low growing “tree” is one of my favorites. I say take a dip in the hot “shrub.” Or “bush” it to the limit. Viburnum plicatum tomentosum also known as Doublefile Viburnum. Versatile and well suited to Michigan conditions, Viburnums have beautiful spring blooms, heavily textured summer foliage, summer berries birds love and gorgeous fall foliage color!