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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Trending Thursday

What’s trending this Thursday that relates to our gardens? The town crier wants to share yesterday’s big announcement - 2014 is the Year to Enjoy Echinacea! You can click on this National Garden Bureau (NGB) link to get the trending skinny on this plant. Get prepared to see the Coneflower (common name) dominate your nurseries and retail garden storefronts.

A word to the flower hungry; the Echinacea varieties are drop-dead gorgeous. It has a color chart gone off the dial, making this durable perennial a great choice for your garden. But don’t overlook our favorite, the standard purple. Remember, if you want success, start with the native. Then expand and experiment with some of the other colorful varieties. And here are two more +NGB big announcements - Cucumbers and Petunias are this year’s choice for the edible and the annual.

Speaking of edibles, if you were smitten on yesterday’s post, ‘Bright Lights’, there was mention of another growing trend – well-designed produce gardens. Remember? Always combine color, texture, and aesthetics. Echinacea is a great perennial, (one that can handle full sun) to consider growing in your well-designed produce garden.  

So that’s a wrap on this trending Thursday. It’s time for today's #DailyQuote from Steve Maraboli. He spells out what's necessary to apply to our lives and our gardens. “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature."
What else is trending? Today marks my 1,111th post. Check back later for my #blogfor30.

© Images by Ann Bilowz – Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower)

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