Now that the winter months are approaching fast, dreary days are more common. The flowers are gone from the garden and the leaves have dropped from the trees. Most plants have gone to sleep for the season. In these greyer days there are many ways you can bring a spot of garden cheer to your house.
Bring nature inside with a traditional or contemporary wool rug.
Of course potted flower plants and cut flowers are one way, but they are very [...]
There's nothing like the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree.
I haven’t been able to give up my cut tree, yet. Even though I know that growing Christmas trees is a highly toxic industry, I still want that fresh cut smell in the house, and I’ve not found an artificial tree that looks anything like a real one. So, until I’m able to give up this vice, I try to make sure the tree stays as green and safe [...]
My beautiful amaryllis, posing for a portrait.
This is the time of year when you see all the special packages of Christmas bulbs to force into bloom. The all-time favorite is the amaryllis. When I grew my first amaryllis the only color you could get was bright red. Now you can get red, white, pink, and bi-color. There are even specialty colors available from online sources.
Watching an amaryllis grow is something everyone loves. You open the box, start watering, and [...]
A mix of evergreens creates a beautiful wreath.
If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, especially if you like to have lots of natural greenery, you need to do some planning when you do your landscape design. If you have the space you can grow evergreen trees that you especially like, although this will be a long term project as it will take years for the trees to get large enough to produce enough greenery to be of much use.
Lenten roses now come in many beautiful colors.
Almost everyone thinks of color in the garden as only lasting three seasons: spring, summer, and fall. However, there are some plants that like it cool. Most people in the southern part of the states know that pansies are a sure bet for color through the winter months, but there are other possibilities, even into the more northerly areas.
Right off the top of my head I can think of a few hellebores [...]
Stone entries add beauty, are eco-friendly, and add value to your home.
So many of us who love plants have a keen eye for placement in the landscape, but often we forget the overall picture. When we step back and look all we see are foliage and flowers, but we neglect to see the hardscaping that could really set the plants off.
Stop for a minute and look at the entry to your house. Is the driveway or walk cracked? What [...]
Beautiful fall foliage needs to be cleaned up to protect your lawn.
The first frosts have hit all around the country, with some people even experiencing record snowfall. The trees are bare, the annuals dead, the perennials sleeping, and surprisingly enough the camellias still blooming.
Now’s the time to do some cleanup in your garden, to be ready for next years display. First and foremost, if you have a lot of leaves covering either your garden or your lawn, you need [...]
Hot or not?
Even the best laid plans run amok sometimes and in several of my plantings this year I ran into some problems. You see, I planted all my peppers which included sweet, paprika, and hot, all in the same area. I thought that I’d have no problem identifying them because they would look different.
I was wrong. There are just two plants that look different from the others, but they look the same as each other. But they aren’t [...]