HOLIDAY BLOSSOMS – Gardening

For years I have thought of poinsettias as a holiday cliché. Every bank, department store and building lobby displays them by the hundreds because they are a safe, appropriate choice for décor that is fast, festive and nonsectarian. Poinsettias are relatively inexpensive and offer lots of splashy color, but have the good taste to drop their bright red bracts after […]

Preachers In The Woods

A few weeks ago I finished Bill Bryson’s excellent book A Walk In the Woods. The author, an American who returned to this country several years ago after living twenty years in England, decided to walk the Appalachian Trail as a way of reconnecting with the land. Since Bryson is a professional travel writer, I assume that he was also […]

Fungus Gnat and Damping-Off Control

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 sometimes curb the indoor green thumb and seriously affect the success […]

Platycodons – Balloon Flower

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 rich blue or white. A group […]

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

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 hot and dry, there will be little need […]

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree

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 time of the year, this lovely […]

Harvesting Produce and other July Gardening Tips

Growing butterfly milkweed, harvesting garden produce often, and keeping container plantings watered are some of the gardening activities for this month. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is not a weed at all (a plant out of place that you don’t want in your garden). Better common names are butterfly or orange milkweed, as it is in the milkweed family, has orange […]

How to Select Plants for Outside Your Home

Your home is one of the biggest investments you are ever likely to make, so you naturally want it to look nice. There are various ways in which you can achieve this goal, but you do need to ensure you focus on both the interior and exterior of the property. Whether you are looking to sell your home or whether […]

July Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during July. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Reap herbs for maximum flavor by harvesting them as the first flower buds appear Lanky annuals need your help! Pinch them back now to encourage bushy growth […]