“Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it” Rumi




Should you cut back your perennials in the fall?

Cutting perennial’s dead foliage to the ground in the fall certainly won’t hurt them. Once the stems are dead, they’re dead! Cutting plants back also means one less task in the spring and keeps things looking neat and tidy. However, cutting back the dead stuff may hurt any beneficial bugs that have moved into their…

The American Robin

The American Robin is a harbinger of spring. As soon as we see those familiar red breasted birds bopping across our lawns, heads tilted to the side, yellow beaks hovering hopefully for a breakfast worm, we know winter is finally releasing its hold. They are more closely related to Eurasian blackbirds than European robins, but…

Daffodils…How Low Should You Grow?

The general rule of thumb is to plant seeds and bulbs approximately two to three times as deep as their size. So a seed that measures 1/8 of an inch could be planted 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch deep. Bulbs by their size, are buried much deeper and can go even lower. Many gardeners…

10 Fast Facts About Air Plants and Their Care (Tillandsia spp.)

Tillandsia is the most prolific and varied genus of the pineapple family or Bromeliacea. There are an estimated 500 different species of these incredible tropical air plants. Most (and all the ones being discussed here) are epiphytic. Epiphytic is fancy-speak for plants that hang about on other plants (mainly tree branches) gathering moisture and nutrients…

The Most Expensive Houseplant Ever Sold…

The most expensive houseplant ever sold was a centuries-old White Pine Bonsai that fetched 100,000,000 yen (approximately $1.3 million US) at the Asia-Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Convention & Exhibition in Takamatsu, Japan in 2011. The above photo is an example of a beautiful bonsai piece – but not the one that sold for the astronomical…

Why are my houseplants turning brown at the leaf tips?

Brown Leaf Tips ? Here are Three Reasons Why:  FLUORIDE If your tap water has fluoride added to it, this could cause leaves to turn brown at the tips. While fluoride is a natural element found in nature, too much built up over time can cause the tips of leaves to turn brown and brittle.…

Your Houseplants Eat Sunshine for Breakfast

Houseplants eat sunshine for breakfast. And lunch. And supper. And also for snacks. When we learn how succulents such as Aloe Vera don’t require fertilizer, the most common thought is, “What does it eat?” We know plants need air, water and sunshine, but humans have been patiently taught by fertilizer companies selling “plant food” that…

The Most Common Reason Your Houseplants Die…

Water. We need it to live. A human can go without food for three weeks, but we cannot survive much more than three days without water. Perhaps this is why we can’t stop ourselves from watering our plants to death. We have the best intentions. We bring home a plant full of determination to be…

How to Grow Wildflowers

GROW WILD! INDIGENOUS PLANTS DEFINED ~ a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention. When it comes to sowing wildflowers, the most common misconception is that you can wander out onto your lawn, shake one of those pretty cans of wildflower seeds into the wind, and nature…

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