Perennial forget me not blooms twice with right care

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog brunnera 0508My brunnera plant sits right at the entrance to the vegetable garden. It grows in consort with a Japanese painted fern. It's make lots of babies which I plan to move around the garden. Photo by Doug Oster

Gardening truly is a life long learning experience. While appearing with my radio partner Jessica Walliser last month at one of the Giant Eagle Market District stores I learned something I'd never heard before.

We were talking about spring blooming perennials and she brought up one of my favorites; brunerra. It's a perennial which has pretty blue flowers similar to forget me nots.

Anyway, Jess said the entire plant can be hacked to the ground after flowering. When given a little liquid organic fertilizer, brunnera will sprout back up and actually bloom!

I'm looking forward to giving the technique a try.

Another bonus for the plant, it happily self sows, making babies the next spring. I'm not cutting mine back until it drops seeds.

I'll be with Jess on Saturday 5/10/13 at all four Giant Eagle Market District stores for our free monthly gardening/cooking demonstration. This week we're talking about creating stunning hanging baskets and amazing containers for flowers. Then we'll cook three recipes for your pleasure. Everyone gets a taste.

We're making Creamy Fresh Asparagus and Mushroom Soup, Leek and Salmon Pasta with Spring Peas and Lime Tea Cookies. 

We'll be at the Bethel Park Giant Eagle Market District at 9:30am, Robinson and 12 noon, Shadyside at 2:30pm and Pine at 5pm.

Hope to see you there.

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