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Posted by Radovan Hajek on 3rd Feb 2022

"Monarda bradburiana is one of my personal “top ten” plants. It’s a dramatically underused plant with a (currently) small following, a following it certainly does not deserve. Most Monarda you’re likely familiar with have a high susceptibility to diseases like Powdery Mildew, leaving them totally defoliated and 100% ugly around July and August. Monarda bradburiana on the other hand is still boasting a mass of deep green, glossy leave… Read more

Posted by Radovan Hajek, US Perennials on 2nd Feb 2021

It’s wonderful that Botanic Garden and Research Center Mt. Cuba in Delaware runs their trial gardens. One of many reasons, why this place was voted the Best BotanicGarden in 2020.Quite recently Mt. Cuba started to observe attractiveness for pollinators on the trialed plants. This is a difficult, maybe debatable task...Do the plants only attract or truly support the pollinators? There is still a lot of unknown, especially about the quality of n… Read more

Posted by Jackie Finch, Herald-Times, 08/29/2020, Bloomington, IN on 6th Jan 2021

Growing up in the Czech Republic, Radovan “Rad” Hajek loved to watch his grandmother work in her colorful flower garden. “Since I can remember, being about 4, she always had a beautiful front garden full of flowers, perennials and annuals,” he says.“One of my very early memories with flowers was drawing pictures on the concrete with the flower buds of spiderwort, Californian poppies and moss rose,” he adds.Rad also would trail along aft… Read more
Originally posted on January 3, 2018 on www.czechgardener.comHallo Hoosier, Midwest and all the gardeners,cold arctic air attacked eastern part of USA and sits here since Christmas 2017. Temperatures dropping to minus 24° C (lower then minus 7° Fahrenheit) really keep me inside. Except the fact, this is great time to rest, hibernate and also plan works for the spring season, it is also time to contemplate and maybe speculate too. There is… Read more