Holiday Gift Plants - Hooray or Oh, No!

Holiday Gift Plants - Hooray or Oh, No!

Posted on Dec 08, 2017 | by Kerry K

Oh, boy.  Someone just brought you something in a shiny foil wrapper with a big bow.  It's so very pretty......now.  Well, you'll just look at the directions.........which it doesn't have.  What now?  Never fear.  Many holiday plants aren't really meant to stay alive for long, anyway.  Some are surprisingly easy to care for.  And then there are a few that are simple to care for and can grace your home with cheerful holiday blooms year after year.  Here's my list from best to worst, based on flower power, ease of care, and potential longevity.


Choosing Plants for your Garden Arch

Choosing Plants for your Garden Arch

Posted on Sep 02, 2017 | by Kerry K

I've heard of growing fruit trees in the home garden in columnar form or as an espalier, but never heard of a fruit tree arch. Simply put, it's an arch designed to support fruit trees, one planted on either side, until they meet at the top. How cool is that?


Spring has sprung...

Spring has sprung...

Posted on Apr 01, 2017 | by Kerry K

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz........but wait, it's only February where I is!! Capricious Mother Nature is at it again, tempting us with a taste of spring, whetting our gardening appetites, then frustratingly serving up another blast of bland, tasteless winter weather. What's a gardener to do?


The Hearty Hosta

The Hearty Hosta

Posted on Jan 07, 2017 | by Trish Lilek

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean we can’t start planning our beautiful spring garden. In fact, it is the time of year many of you will start designing your gardens and perusing plant catalogs looking for the perfect plant to fit your design. A tried and true perennial for most any garden is the Hosta, known for its beautiful foliage.


Ornamental Kale - a jewel for the winter garden

Ornamental Kale - a jewel for the winter garden

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 | by S Mason

If your cold-weather garden is dreary, consider adding ornamental cabbages for a showy pop of red, purple, pink and white. When done in groupings, these lovely plants make a striking display, and while the cabbages don’t actually flower, the multiple layers of ruffled leaves stand in terrifically. They do best in cool weather so in most places they belong in the fall garden though they can be planted in spring in cooler climates. Cooler weather promotes greater leaf color so if you’ve planted in spring they may need afternoon shade in warmer climates.


Winter Garden Interest - Ornamental Dogwoods

Winter Garden Interest - Ornamental Dogwoods

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 | by S Mason

If you’re looking for a plant to provide interest in winter when most everything has gone dormant, look no further than ornamental dogwoods. These dogwoods are not trees but rather shrubs whose winter twigs provide incredible color – usually red or yellow.


Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 | by S Mason

After looking at hundreds of photographs of cottage gardens, I think it’s fair to say that the ones that I admire the most always feature a heavy dose of blue -blue geraniums lining a walkway or tucked in near the cottage edge or glorious Irises rising above a bed of phlox.


All About Cucumbers

All About Cucumbers

Posted on Jun 01, 2016 | by S Mason

Cucumbers (Cucumis Sativus) are members of the Cucurbitaceae family along with melons and gourds. They have been cultivated for thousands of years and are a summertime favorite.


Herbal Remedies from Your Garden

Herbal Remedies from Your Garden

Posted on Apr 01, 2016 | by S Mason

At one time, before scientists could create chemical compounds in a lab, physicians relied on herbal remedies for a wide array of ailments, many of which are still quite effective today. While you certainly wouldn’t opt to forgo the use of modern medicine if necessary, herbs and plants can be a more natural and gentle way to relieve many conditions.





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