Tag Archive | plants

Refresh Your Flowering Plants

As you sit on your patio surveying your kingdom (see last week’s post), check out the annuals you planted in the spring. Are the flowers still colorful and plentiful? They should be if you’ve kept them watered and deadheaded. Those that don’t look so perky can still be changed out for new plants. You may […]

Plant Mums For A Head Start On Fall Color

Fall color is one of the scenic attractions to our area. However, leaves aren’t our only fall color. Flowers provide us with fall color as well. The chrysanthemum, or mum, is the first plant that comes to mind. Mums are beginning to arrive at your favorite garden center, and everywhere else that sells plants. They’re […]

Why Fertilize?

Fertilizer companies advertise their product as plant food. Who would want to starve a plant by withholding food? So, people buy the product. According to the late tree biologist, Dr. Alex Shigo, however, plants make their own food so fertilizer is not plant food. Good soil is full of minerals, beneficial fungi and bacteria, and […]

Moving Away From Only Native Plants

Good news! The pendulum is swinging from strictly native plants to include some non-natives. Until very recently, many garden purists would only plant U.S. native plants, believing that introduced plants were responsible for a host of environmental woes. Many would limit their plant palette to only those that were native to their own locale. Those […]

Color Should Appear Soon

Spring will soon wake up from its winter slumber, and with it will come the rainbow of color that we all look forward to. Some call it a rebirth, but it is really a reawakening. This color arrives relatively quietly. First the crocus peeks its colorful petals out of the ground, even if it’s covered […]

How To Make Your Winter Landscape More Interesting

I just looked out the window at my landscape. There’s no doubt about it. Winter is here. As I write this, there’s no snow, although some is in the short term forecast. There’s not a leaf to be seen, except those Mother Nature piled up in a corner of the patio to await my disposal. […]

Protecting Your Tender Plants This Winter

Do you keep a garden or plant diary as I suggested in a previous blog? Do you know which plants in your landscape are too tender to survive the winter? If you’ve been keeping a diary, you probably have a list of plants that need extra protection. If you just started keeping one, this will […]