Poinsettia care is easy! This lovely holiday plant is a joy to have around the house and comes in so many pretty colors. If you’re wondering where poinsettias came from, (a holiday tradition in the U.S. in the 1920’s) you can read more at Poinsettias: A History. Poinsettia Care After purchase, take your plant home […] Finish reading: Poinsettia CareHouseplants
It’s October and time to get planting! It’s too late to plant some flowers from seed in USDA Zone 9, with a few exceptions. Sweet peas can be planted now until January. They are one of my favorite flowers and have an amazing scent. To speed up sprouting, soak sweet peas for 24 hours before you […] Finish reading: October-Plant Fall Flowers & Vegetables!
Bottle brush is a striking evergreen shrub or tree. Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud. Description of Plant This plant flowers heavily in spring, and continues to flower during warm weather. The flowers are spiky, […] Finish reading: Bottle Brush Tree or ShrubPlant Profile
Plant colorful carrot seeds now and harvest amazing tasting carrots this fall! You won’t believe how sweet they are compared to any other carrot you’ve ever tried. Look for colorful carrot seeds from Renee’s Garden or Botanical Interests. Colorful Carrot Varieties When you shop for seeds, you’ll see there are so many different colorful carrots […] Finish reading: Summertime-Plant Colorful Carrots!Vegetables
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) as well as Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are succulent, tropical plants available for purchase during fall and winter. Read Thanksgiving vs. Christmas below if you want to know the difference. There is also an Easter cactus that blooms in spring, if I see one this year I’ll buy one and write about […] Finish reading: Christmas CactusPlant Profile
After being sprayed with horticultural soap, some of my container gardening plants began to grow again and turn green. I killed the spider mites although I did have to make two applications, one week apart. Unfortunately, the beans did not recover from the spider mite destruction and died. Their leaves turned yellow, paper thin and […] Finish reading: Container Gardening Post #4
I’ve gotten behind on my blogging, please pardon dear reader. 🙂 When I started writing this post the weather was more “spring-like” so please take that into account! Sweet peas are the epitome of spring. The flowers have a tantalizing, honey-like fragrance that wafts through the garden. On my way to a meeting today, I […] Finish reading: Sweet Peas=Spring!
Nothing says spring like a rosebush full of aphids, an insect with an amazingly complex life-cycle. Eggs laid by adults overwinter on plants and batches of mostly female aphids hatch in spring and summer. These females eat and grow (sucking plant sap and producing sticky honeydew) and then give birth to live, wingless young, a […] Finish reading: Aphids vs Ladybugs!
Square foot gardening has been around since 1975 when retired engineer Mel Bartholomew decided to take up gardening. His experience began at a community garden, where he met new people and planted veggies, herbs and flowers in his plot. Not long after, he and his fellow gardeners were commiserating and complaining about weeding, thinning, and […] Finish reading: Square Foot Gardening Part I
There are many varieties of flowering plums (Prunus cerasifera). In late winter or early spring, abundant white or varying shades of pink flowers cover the tree, depending on the variety. Although the tree is called a “flowering” plum, many varieties also bear edible fruit, ranging from sour to bland in flavor. P.c. ‘Hollywood’ bears good […] Finish reading: Winter/Spring Flowering Tree: Purple Leaf Flowering Plum