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Are you ready to be converted to living a gardening life? Each week, join Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, and long-time bloggers, as they chat over the garden fence about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt on gardening. Carol and Dee have the audacity to call themselves gardenangelists, evangelists for gardening, and want everyone to dig in the dirt, sow a few seeds, and enjoy the simple pleasures and even a few pitfalls of a gardening life. If you are ready to live a gardening life or already live one this is one podcast you don’t want to miss.
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This week, Carol and Dee discuss two gardening trends, monochromatic gardens, and growing food, plus they discuss hydrangeas, blue spruces, and what they plan to do in and out of their gardens this week.Helpful Links include:Carol wrote a blog post for Thanksgiving about a little bunny named Thumper.  Dee wrote about blue flowers in her latest newsletter.Narcissus 'Silver Charms' at John Scheeper's BulbsGarden Design's Garden TrendsGreen Flowers, by Alison Hoblyn, photographs by Marie O’Hara (affiliate link)A Book of Blue Flowers, by Robert L. Geneve (affiliate link)Color Trend Highlights Pantone.Hydrangeas: beautiful varieties for home and garden by  Naomi Slade (affiliate link)Purdue's report on blue spruce problemsEmail us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Dee and Carol discuss Christmas tree options, why they don't grow celery, plus a hint of garden trends.Helpful Links:University of Illinois Extension Christmas Tree FactsCelery and celeriac seeds (if you want to try to grow either one) at Burpee.No Waste Kitchen Gardening, by Katie Elzer-PetersOn the Bookshelf:  The Modern Cottage Garden: a Fresh Approach to a Classic Style, by Greg LoadesGarden Trends from Garden DesignEmail us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Dee and Carol discuss the earliest blooming shrubs, how learning how to garden is not a one season event, choosing good trees and more.Helpful Links:Early Spring Blooming ShrubsSpice BushOzark Witch HazelHybrid Witch HazelThe Garden in Autumn, by Allen Lacy.  Written in 1990.   Allen Bush  on Garden Rant'Hella Lacy' Aster Plant Ice Resistant Trees, by The Tree Care Industry Association.The Kentucky coffeetree at the Morton ArboretumBrent and Becky's Bulbs for paper whites, other bulbs.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Dee and Carol talk about the ice storm that left Dee's garden a mess, plus scent in the garden, agrihoods, and the courage it takes to garden sometimes.Some Links:Dee's Post on "No power, but not powerless" Carol's Post on "Those Autumn Crocuses!"The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Plants, by Ken Druse and Botanical Photographs by Ellen Hoverkamp.Welcome to the Agrihood, by Anne DeSimonUprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again, by Page DickeyNPR Article about how plants can smell!Link to Carol and Dee's GardenComm webinar on social media taking place on November 5, 2020Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Carol and Dee discuss scary stuff about gardening and calm all your fears, whether it is a fear of deadheading or of spiders or of killing your plants.Helpful Links:Digz Gloves at Home DepotThe Sneeboer Rockery Trowel Carol uses to plant small bulbs in her lawn from Garden Tool CompanyTED Talk on spiders and silk by Cheryl Y HayashiAn article about spider webs and why they decorate their webs and what that zig-zag part is called (stabilimentum). On the bookshelf: Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden, by Paul Bonine (Affiliate Link)Green Fingers  “Everything I plant grows, even me” episode of Night Gallery. Carol's blog post about The Halloween Hare.Link to Carol and Dee's GardenComm webinar on social media taking place on November 5, 2020Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Carol and Dee talk about cosmos flowers, ornamental peppers, books, calendars, and accept new garden commissions.Some helpful links:Dee's most recent newsletterCarol's most recent newsletterCosmos flower seeds from Botanical InterestsArticle on cosmos flowersOrnamental Pepper Guide   All-America SelectionsOn the Bookshelf:A History of Zinnias by Eric Grinnell (affiliate link) Theodosia: The Flower Wizard of California by Myrtle Shepherd Francis (affiliate link) Backyard Foraging 2021 wall calendar by Ellen Zachos (affiliate link)Link to Carol and Dee's GardenComm webinar on social media taking place on November 5, 2020Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
Dee and Carol talk about yellow mums, fall-blooming crocuses, leftover peppers and more on this week's episode.Some helpful links:Carol's blog post on growing figs.Dee's blog post to taking cuttings of your favorite plants.Saffron Crocus at American MeadowsFloret Flowers websiteOn the Bookshelf: Uprooted: a gardener reflects on beginning again, by Page Dickey.  Link to Margaret Roach’s podcast episode with Page. Page Dickey's website.Link to Carol and Dee's GardenComm webinar on social media Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel
This week, Carol and Dee talk about big, woody vines, both native and introduced and why you should be careful planting them. They also discuss overwintering vegetable plants, landscape fabric and more.Some links:Dee's Post - Pelargoniums on the moveCarol's Post - Beware of the Big, Woody VinesTrumpet vine? Just say no to trumpet vine.10 native vines to get you started from the Wildlife Habitat Council, but only after listening to this podcast episode!On the Bookshelf: The English Vicarage Garden, by Miss Read.  (Affiliate Link)Article on why landscape fabric is bad!And in Psychology Today, why gardening is good for you.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee NashPotted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelHomegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelSeeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. MichelCreatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. MichelThe Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel 
Today, Dee and Carol discuss money spent on gardens and how even if you don't have a lot of money, you can still learn from those who do.Clematis recta 'Serious Black' at Brushwood NurseryHelianthus helianthoides 'Loraine Sunshine' at Monrovia Nursery'Bartzella' Itoh Peony at American MeadowsOn the Bookshelf: Private Gardens of Santa Barbara: The Art of Outdoor Living, by Margie GraceDirt:  A fascinating documentary (on Amazon Prime) to watch is The Gardener, about Frank Cabot and his gardens, Les Quatre Vents.More information about The Garden Conservancy.Hear Dee speak at the Denton County (Texas) Master Gardeners Fall Garden Fest, now virtual on October 3.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol celebrate their 100th podcast episode by talking about some lessons they've learned from the garden.Helpful links:Asters from American Meadows'Frizzle Sizzle' pansy seeds from Swallowtail Garden Seeds'Provider' Green Beans from Burpee and Botanical InterestsOn the Bookshelf:  Edible Spots & Pots, by Stacey HirvelaEmail us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol talk about favorite fall blooming flowers for meadow gardens, growing grains in the vegetable garden and remind everyone it is time to bring houseplants indoors.Helpful Links include:Carol's Bloom Day PostDee's Bloom Day PostAmerican Meadows, a good source for fall blooming flowers for meadows and other gardens.Broom Corn from Botanical Interests.Great seed companies include Botanical Interests, Burpee, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and Renee's Garden Seeds.On the bookshelf is Sowing Beauty: Designing Flowering Meadows from Seed, by James Hitchmough and Gardening with Grains, by Brie Arthur.Plus more info on growing grains from National Garden Bureau.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol discuss picking flowers to honor and share with your kids, Glass Gem Corn, and books that inspire us.  All the quotes are from Tony Hawk and the world of skateboarding. (Because we can relate anything to gardening.)Gluten-free biscuits and wildflower honey, please! 'Bright Eyes' phlox at American MeadowsGlass Gem Corn at Burpee SeedsOn the Bookshelf, Theme Gardens, by Barbara Damrosch. The Great American Lawn. A video from CBS Sunday Morning.Here’s a post on Dee’s blog where she mused about tupelo honey, Scotts-Miracle Gro and how the perfect lawn should have weeds like tupelo trees and clover. Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol channel a little Eudora Welty in the garden while discussing flowers, veggies, books, dirt, and a garden commission they've taken on.  A few highlights and notes:Carol's blog post on cicada killing wasps.Flowers:Allium 'Millenium' described by MOBOT.Allium 'Millenium' for sale at High Country Gardens,Veggies:Check out Honey Tree Farm on their YouTube channelOn the Bookshelf: One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place by Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown and Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters 1940-1949 Selected and edited by Julie EichelbergerInterview with Susan Haltom on how she came to curate/restore the Eudora Welty’s mother’s gardens (Chestina Welty).Eudora Welty’s House & Garden and a good, short video on the history of the house and place.  Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol discuss roses in the updated White House rose garden and why the garden needed to be updated, plus a little bit about Bunny Mellon, and for vegetable gardeners, a shoutout to kalettes and Ron Finley. How's that for covering a lot of ground?Helpful Links:Newly planted Roses in the White House gardens include:'John F. Kennedy'‘Pope John Paul II’'Peace' A cool video about Peace on YouTube.Carol's post on zinnias, the best she's ever grown.In the veggie garden, seeds for kalettes at John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds.More info about Ron Finley on his websiteOn the Bookshelf: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, by Linda Jane Holden (Author), Roger Foley (Photographer.).  Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, by Meryl GordonGarden Secrets of Bunny Mellon, by by Linda Jane Holden  (Author), Thomas Lloyd (Author), Bryan Huffman (Author.)All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madisons Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses--How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America, by Marta McDowell.Article in the Washington Post that explains more about the White House rose garden renovations and why they needed to be done.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.You can also sign up for our email newsletters via our websites.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol discuss calamint, British names for common vegetables, and what to do in the vegetable garden now, all while channeling Williams Shakespeare!Some helpful links:Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day PostDee's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day PostMillinnium Park and the Lurie Garden as described by Garden DesignCalamint available from Bluestone PerennialsVideo of pollinators on calamint and allium in Carol's gardenFor more info on vegetable names and info and the difference between American and British names, see Separated by a Common Language blog. Some of our favorite seed companies include:Botanical InterestsBurpeeJohn Scheepers Kitchen Garden SeedsJohnny's Selected SeedsRenee's Garden  On the Bookshelf:Shakespeare’s Gardens, by Jackie Bennett. Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World's Greatest Playwright, by Gerit Quealy  (Author), Sumie Hasegawa Collins (Illustrator), Helen Mirren (Foreword)Victoria Magazine, which always has some good gardening info.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay.)
We Tempt You to Grow

We Tempt You to Grow

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Dee and Carol tempt you to grow toad lilies and ground cherries, and read about old vegetable varieties, then pick up some good gardening magazines!Helpful Links:Dee's Bee UpdateCarol's Mulch UpdateArticle on Toadlilies by Beth Botts  Ground Cherry seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds100 Vegetables and Where They Come From, by William Woys Weaver.  Roughwood Seed Collection 'Habanada' Sweet Peppers at Botanical Interests SeedsA few gardening magazines:Fine GardeningThe American Gardener. (To subscribe, you join American Horticultural Society.)Royal Horticulture SocietyGarden GateGardens Illustrated (UK)The English Garden (UK)Pacific Horticulture Magazine (no longer published but back issues are available)Wildflower Magazine published by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.Victoria Magazine For more info:Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Dee and Carol discuss growing blackberry lilies, growing and eating tomatillos, and some new cookbooks Dee has discovered.Helpful links:Blackberry Lily Seeds from Swallowtail Garden SeedsCandy Lily Seeds from Park SeedsOur podcast episode on Surprise LiliesTomatillo Seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange or Seed Savers Exchange or  Burpee. Recipe for avocado dip that has tomatillos in it.Carol's Seed Sorting video seriesOn the bookshelf is A Gentle Plea for Chaos: The Enchantment of Gardens, by Mirabel Osler. Plus some cookbooks!  America’s Test Kitchen Best-Ever Salads and Better Homes and Gardens New CookbookEmail us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
Carol and Dee discuss a variety of gardening topics including cannas, fallow ground, cover crops, Martha Stewart, and the guilt one feels about the state of the midsummer garden.Some helpful links:'Silor Mini' cucumbers from John Scheeper's Kitchen Garden SeedsCanna Bulbs from Burpee'Tropicanna®' Canna Bulbs from High Country Gardens'Cleopatra' Canna Bulbs from American MeadowsCover Crop information and seeds from Botanical InterestsCarol and Dee's Blog Posts about Social Media:Green grows the meadow.A garden blogger’s tale. On the bookshelf is In Bloom: Growing, Harvesting and Arranging Flowers by Clare Nolan. Martha Stewart on CBS Sunday morning  Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com with questions, comments, greetings, or suggestions for future topics.For more info on Carol, visit her website.For more info on Dee, visit her website.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
This week, Carol and Dee sing the praises of Agastache, provide an update on their pepper crops, and discuss Dee's Monarch Way Station.Carol's New Fairy GardenLemony Snicket booksFlowers: Agastache at American Meadows 'Hyperion' Daylily at American MeadowsVeggies:Hatch Chile PeppersShishito Chile Pepper seeds at Botanical InterestsBig Bertha Bell Pepper seeds at Park SeedsOn the Bookshelf:Garden Mosaics: 19 Beautiful Projects to Make for Your Garden, by Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport.Dirt:Dee's garden is now registered as a waystation with monarchwatch.org and also bought a tagging kit to tag Monarchs that come through her garden (or those she raises this fall.Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com and look for us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and now Pinterest.For more info on Carol, visit her website.For more info on Dee, visit her website.We also invite you to join The Gardenangelists Garden Club on Facebook.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
On this week's episode, we provide advice on buying spring-flowering bulbs this summer for fall planting and buying garlic this summer, also for fall planting, plus we recommend a podcast we recently discovered.Helpful Links:Dee's favorite recipes this week include a fresh tomato sauce for pasta,  refrigerator corn relish, and a caprese salad. Basil 'Emerald Towers' at BurpeeFlower Bulb Sources include:  Brent & Becky’s Bulbs for lots of varieties, including daffodilsVan Engelen - for larger quantities especially. John Scheepers for smaller quantities.Old House Gardens - for Heirloom varieties.Colorblends - with interesting collectionsGarlic sources include Botanical Interest Seeds, Burpee, and Johnny’s Selected Seeds.On the Bookshelf:  Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper by Andrew Coté.  Another podcast we recommend is The Stubborn Light of Things with Melissa HarrisonWe also recommend our weeding episode, Weeding with the Gardenangelists, to help you with your weeding!Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com and look for us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and now Pinterest.For more info on Carol, visit her website.For more info on Dee, visit her website.We also invite you to join The Gardenangelists Garden Club on Facebook.(Some links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, we may receive a tiny commission. It does not affect the price you pay!)
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