Edging Flower Beds, The Right Sized Pot, and A New Plant On the Block

Do you like that nice, crisp line that edging a lawn provides in your landscape? Are you hungry for a delicious stuffing to prepare this Thanksgiving? Ellen and C.L. have thoughts and suggestions. They are also anxious to introduce you to the new kids on the block…not the band, but some great new varieties of a native shrub. All of that plus a discussion about the importance of the size of pots for indoor or outdoor containers.

:28 What’s for dinner: Wild mushroom and chestnut stuffing…foraged or store bought
3:50 True or False: Garden beds need to be “edged” every year.
11:02 Eat/Drink/Grow:  New Kid On The Block: Diervilla shrubs!
17:30 Love Letters and Questions:   Barbara wrote saying, “My question is about pots for container plantings.

Find the recipe for Ellen’s Mushroom Stuffing here.

Ellen was in heaven when she found this stand of honey mushrooms in and among the roots of beech trees.

Please don’t eat any mushroom you’re not familiar with based solely on a photo that you see online! Ellen knows her mushrooms, so she’s sure about what she harvests.

This is an example of a traditionally “edged” bed. Note how the bed on the right is getting larger and larger, with more and more bare mulch. I advised this homeowner to have lawn restored back at least a foot so that the lawn doesn’t continue to disappear.

Here is an informal edging done with flat stones. The lawnmower wheels ride right on top of those stones, cutting the grass cleanly. The next photo shows how it looks after the plants have grown into these beds.

This is one of the lovely new Diervilla shrubs that we have access to, “Firefly Nightglow”.

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