This summer’s been a busy one for Heartland Gardening bloggers. Congratulations to Debra — named the honorary president of the Herb Society of America for 2014-16! She just returned from the Perennial Plant Symposium in Cincinnati where she saw a lot of new perennials and brought a new perennial sage home to plant in the garden.
This month, Michael and Teresa have been hawking the 2014 Parade of Homes with articles in the BIA Planbook and Columbus Monthly Home & Gardens. This year’s tour in Delaware County was an impressive one with several million-dollar homes.
The three bloggers also participated in the Cultivate 2014, a leading horticulture industry trade show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The trio attended insider sessions and scouted the trade show for gardening ideas to share here. Michael and Debra represented Garden Writers Association (GWA) on the trade show floor, and Teresa served on a social media panel with other GWA members.
The bloggers also are busy in their backyards trialing new plants, products and techniques to share with readers. Teresa’s delighted to achieve success in growing heirloom tomatoes and find her heirloom Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate has self-sown from last year’s purchased plant. Debra has been entranced with the blooms of two day lilies from Walter’s Gardens: ‘Midnight Raider’ and ‘Mighty Chestnut’. ‘Lava Lamp’ Heuchera has been a winner, too, with its dusky burgundy leaves. With her latest lavender – ‘Platinum Blonde’ – a trial from Creek Hill Nursery, she can now say she has three beautiful “blondes” in the garden. Michael’s enjoying “the generally cool, moist (sometimes soggy) weather pattern that has persisted since May, instead of the typical dry to drought we normally have.” He’s thankful lawns are April green and flowers are lingering for weeks. “Is this my part of the Midwest or a dream?,” he says.
In the August issue of Country Living published by electric cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia, Michael has an article focusing on how hospitals are using healing gardens to help patients. Teresa’s been producing magazine stories for 2015. Check out her latest stories in the current issues of Country Gardens (“50 years and Counting”), Ohio Gardener (“Annual Attraction”) and Columbus Monthly Home & Garden (“Within the Garden Walls”).