Garlands And Gum Trees

Garlands And Gum Trees A previous owner of my house loved the color brown. The outside is painted two shades of mocha. The kitchen has brown print wallpaper and brindle-toned tiles on the counters. The upstairs study features walls strewn with brown paisleys. The TV room is engulfed by something that can only be described as cocoa-colored pseudo-Egyptian patterned wallpaper.  […]

March Gardening To Do List

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during March. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Order indoor seed starting kits and seeds Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants) Water indoor cymbidium orchids weekly until theybloom Sow seeds indoors […]

Fungus Gnat and Damping-Off Control

Home Remedies for Fungus Gnat and Damping-Off Control by Arzeena Hamir Late winter and early spring is a great time to start seedlings and get the gardening season underway. Growing your own seedlings from seed is highly rewarding and can open doors to even more species that are not often found in garden centers. However, a couple of problems can […]

Siberian Iris

A mid season colorby F. W. Cassebeer Friends and family who visit my garden when the Iris is bloom, often exclaim, “Aren’t these colorful! What type of Iris are they?” They are referring to the Siberian Irises, which are planted in long drifts above the bog garden path. Apparently, for all their graceful beauty, with flowers poised like resting butterflies […]

Growing bulbs to flower indoors

If you plan it, you can cut winter short. You can order spring to come to your house 8 to 12 weeks early. Do this simply by adopting the florists’ methods of forcing tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths into bloom weeks ahead of normal season outdoors. Buy your bulbs in the fall. Keep them dry and in a cool spot between […]

Heat, Drought and Roses

Heat, Drought and Roses By R. M. Hatton Just what we will get from our Roses during the trying month of July will depend on how the beds were prepared before planting, and whether the plants have been kept free from disease and kept well fed and watered up to date. If the plants are healthy and the weather is […]

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree By LOUISE WEICK. (Calif.) When misty trade-winds dump their cool gray fogs over the Golden Gate during midsummer, that is the time when the Lily-of-the-Valley Tree adorns itself with myriads of small ivory white bells that toss their perfume on the air as the boughs play with the breezes. Having practically no competitors among flowering trees at that […]


Platycodons By O. R. TIEMANN, (MO.) July is a difficult month for most flowers but the lovely Platycodons seem not to mind its heat at all. We could not be without them at that trying time to produce blossoms both to brighten the borders and for cool bouquets. The flowers are bell-shaped or sometimes open out star-shaped, large and in […]

Heirloom, Off Beat Vegetables

by M. Carlton The women who says she doesn’t care for vegetable gardening ought to try some off beat crops that are fun to grow. There isn’t much that is stimulating about cabbage for winter storage, or potatoes no better than the ones you can buy at the corner grocery. Yet even cabbages and potatoes are fun to grow, if […]

Double Hollyhocks for Your Perennial Border

  Double Hollyhocks for Your Perennial Border by J. LOWE All gardeners are familiar with tall single hollyhocks which can be used so effectively to screen an ugly view, or to soften the harsh lines of a bare wall. But few realize that the single variety has an even richer looking more stately relative-the double hollyhock. Unlike the single with […]