Category: Gardening & Landscape

Winter Care of House Plants

I have had a lot of questions on dead houseplants, my answer is you have over watered, under watered, too much light, not enough light, too cold, too warm, drafty conditions, too much fertilizer now, etc. Hopefully you do not…

Winter Sulking

The fall freeze was too early this year, for my taste, especially now that I have more time to spend in my garden.  But isn’t that always the way.  And I was hoping this cold spell was a fluke, I mean…

Safety with Manure in the Garden and Flowerbed

Manure in the garden has been a common culture for thousands of years. Using manure in the garden is an excellent fertilizer and soil conditioner. However, don’t apply fresh manure to the soil in your fruit or vegetable garden. Even…

Winter Feeding of Birds

Look at the ingredients on the bag of bird seed. Some bird feed is made mostly of millet but that’s a filler food, it’s not the most nutritious which is why it is cheaper. Suet is high in fat and…

Houseplant Wellness for Your Home

Plants are a powerhouse of wellness for your home. They’ll provide you with a host of benefits, and they’ll make your house look great while doing it. I’ll admit, I’ve been kind of obsessed with this idea lately, and I…

Victorian Style Plants

With the hit show on PBS called Victoria (Queen Victoria of England), Victorian style is receiving a renewed interest now in our homes and landscaping. The Victorians were the first house plant enthusiasts, but their plants had to be hardy…

Perfect Houseplant: Flowering Maple

Want a houseplant that flowers every month without too much light? Focus on a flowering maple (Abutilon). There are many of these broad leaf species. The leaves for this plant are a small maple type dark green (some variegated), and…

All American Selections (2019) Flowers

The All American Selections for 2019 in flowers are released. They include 4 flower varieties. Begonia Viking™ XL Red on Chocolate F1 Judges were impressed how the deep bronze/brown color remained sharp and intense throughout the season. Covered with vibrant…

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden this Winter

An indoor herb garden makes fresh flavor convenient throughout the winter. Deep in January and February, between the snow, ice, cold temperatures and grey days, it can feel like spring will never come. To help brighten the long days, there…

Arrival of the First Gardening Catalog

Almost all gardeners look forward to is the arrival of the first new garden catalogs of the year. These usually start arriving right in December with the real flood of colorful catalogs showing up in our mailboxes after the beginning…

Do not Forget the Winter Garden Interest

In late fall, with beds full of worn out perennials and annuals, sad but resolute gardeners often bid farewell to their color-filled gardens and turn their attention to the fall clean-up. The talk turns to the beautiful autumnal leaves, while…

Helianthus (the perfect perennial)

Perennial Sunflower  Helianthus Probably one of the most-loved flower, sunflower is a long-time favorite for borders and for bouquets because of their huge blossoms. While not quite as large as its annual cousin, the perennial sunflower makes up for what…

Shrubs for Winter Interest

Everyone has their opinion of what makes something a joy to the eye. In winter everything is finely edited by our cold weather and killing frosts and further focused when snowfall covers the landscape, but that only means we have…