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Focus on Flowers is a weekly podcast and public radio program about flower gardening hosted by master gardener Moya Andews.

Indiana Public Media


    • Sep 22, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Fall Garden Color (Season Extenders)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 2:00


    As the growing season winds down, there are some plants, known in the trade as season extenders, that bridge the gap between fall and winter in gardens.

    Edible and Inedible

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 2:00


    Many different flowers have been used as food garnishes. However, there are also many toxic plants in our gardens.

    Edible and Inedible

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 2:00


    We love flowers, but we should always look at them in the garden, not eat them, as many have also been exposed to chemicals before we purchase them.

    Bring Them In

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 2:00


    It's time to move the houseplants indoors…

    Long Bloom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 2:00


    Perennial garden plants should bloom sequentially. Plants have bloom times that overlap, hopefully, so there can be a series of different plants in bloom across an entire season.

    English Country Gardens

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 2:00


    In the late 18th century, William Morris, a prominent advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement, wanted all of England to become a garden where nothing was wasted.

    A Dwarf Peach

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 2:00


    Late in the summer, Prunus persica produces hard little peaches that I have never have the chance to taste, as they are always knocked off the branches by wild animals.

    Azaleas and Rhododendrons

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 2:00


    All azaleas are rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are azaleas.

    The Thistle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 2:00


    Some may not consider the flower pretty, so perhaps "striking” is a better adjective.

    Big and Showy Hibiscus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 2:00


    There are over 200 species of hibiscus, and they are beloved because of their big showy flowers and green, clean-looking foliage. They fall into three different major categories: tropical, perennial and hardy.

    Cottage Gardens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 2:00


    Cottage gardens are the product of the homeowner's own work and vision, and William Robinson advised, "Let the flowers tell their story to the heart."

    Fillers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 2:00


    Later in the summer when garden flowers are less abundant, I look for foliage and other things to use as filler in my vases of cut flowers.

    Mexican Transplants

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 2:00


    English Lord Holland wrote a poem about his wife who got dahlia seeds from Madrid (via the New World): “The dahlias you brought to our isle, your praises forever shall speak; mid gardens as sweet as your smile, and color as bright as your cheek."

    Nurture the Birds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 2:00


    Some types of birds prefer ground level water sources also, so even a plant pot saucer can serve during hot days. You don't need feeders during the summer, but water is crucial in times of drought.

    Cranes, Herons & Storks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 2:00


    Each of these three types of geraniums is associated with long-billed wading birds.

    Bold and Showy Cannas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 2:00


    Canna comes from the Greek word spelled kanna, which means reed, though the canna plant does not have narrow reed-like leaves.

    Blanket Flowers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 2:00


    These flowers grow wild, creating deep velvet-red carpets in Nebraskan pastures.

    Oenothera

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 2:00


    Oenothera fruticosa's common name is sundrops, and its nectar attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

    A Birder's Garden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 2:00


    A suitable habitat for birds includes predictable water sources, an open area of lawn, some dense shrubs for cover, some tall trees, plants with berries, and nesting places for ground birds.

    Billy Goat Weed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 2:00


    Ageratum pairs well with plants of any color.

    Powdery Mildew

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 2:00


    This fungus appears white on leaves. Some plants are more susceptible than others and some varieties have more resistance to this disease than others.

    Baptisia australis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 2:00


    Blue false indigo's flowering period is short, but the foliage always looks cool even on the hottest day of summer.

    Campanulas, a.k.a. Bellflowers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 2:00


    There are about 250 species of these showy herbaceous plants and nearly all are perennial and native to temperate parts of the northern hemisphere.

    Dahlias

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 2:00


    Native to Mexico, dahlias probably grew in Aztec gardens as they were already in cultivation when the Spaniards arrived.

    Lilium Genus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 2:00


    So many varieties of these gorgeous flowers have travelled here from far-away lands to sweeten the air in our gardens.

    Torch Lilies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 2:00


    Red Hot Pokers belong to the genus Kniphofia (Kniphofia uvaria) and are also known as tritoma or torch lilies.

    Rain in the Garden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 2:00


    A poem about rain in the garden by J. Redwood Anderson.

    Sweet Dianthus

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 2:00


    The common name "pinks” does not refer to the color but to the fringed edging of the petals that makes them look as if they had been cut with pinking shears.

    Ticks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 2:00


    When working outdoors we should tuck our pant legs into our socks, wear long sleeves, and use tick repellent often and liberally.

    Lavender Means Devotion

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 2:00


    Many of us had grandmothers who used lavender as their signature fragrance.

    No Red Needed

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 2:00


    Research shows that despite the commonly held idea that hummingbirds love red, that is not the case.

    Plant Them Now

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 2:00


    Spring is a time to plant perennial chrysanthemums. They'll mature during the summer and produce breathtaking fall color in your garden.

    Larkspur

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 2:00


    I would not be without my annual larkspur, which I have enjoyed year after year and some often self-seed and return, but in order to be sure, I always buy some seeds. I don't want to risk a year without it!

    Growing Roses

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 2:00


    While roses take care, trial and error over time will help a gardener learn which varieties thrive best in their climate.

    Magnolia x soulangiana  

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 2:00


    There is a large number of more modern hybrid cultivars now available, and some produce flowers in other shades such as white, rose, magenta, burgundy, and purple.

    No Dividing Dicentra

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 2:00


    If you want to minimize work in the garden, you can try to plant perennials that do not like to be disturbed and so never need to be divided.

    Sequencing Iris Blooms

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 2:00


    I read of a grower in lower New York who has iris in bloom continuously from February until the end of July.

    Hepatica acutiloba

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 2:00


    A walk in the woods in early April, when the air is cool and crisp, allows us the delight of discovering sweet little flowers such as the sharp-lobed Hepatica.

    Seductive Descriptions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 2:00


    “I have grown wise, after many years of gardening, and no longer order recklessly from wildly alluring descriptions, which make every annual sound easy to grow and as brilliant as a film star.” -Vita Sackville-West

    Jeffersonia Diphylla

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 2:00


    Twinleaf's botanical name celebrates a U.S. president who loved gardens, Thomas Jefferson.

    Winning in Winter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 2:00


    As winter winds down, witch hazel is the shrub to watch.

    Long-Lived Lilacs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 2:00


    Many of our best lilacs resulted from the work of Isabella Preston, who spent her career hybridizing plants.

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