janet Lessons from the Garden
December 31st, 2011
by janet

by Janet Clark New Year’s is a natural time to reflect on the year past and plan for the one ahead. I don’t make- or break- as many ambitious goals and resolutions as I used to, but I do look …

carole Gardening Makes Good Neighbors
December 30th, 2011
Friends
by carole

I shared cuttings this week, which reminded me that someone I knew had been surprised I made friends so quickly in the new neighborhood. This area is transient, people come to work in Washington, D.C., for several years, then go …

Jeanne Spring Seed Catalogs in the Mail
December 28th, 2011
peas
by Jeanne

The spring seed and garden catalogs have begun to arrive in my mailbox, and some days it looks like a veritable deluge of gardening glories. Last night I had such a pile of gardening goodies to peruse that I piled …

janet The Language of Flowers
December 26th, 2011
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by Janet Clark During these colder months, it’s especially pleasurable to curl up with a cup of tea and a good novel. I just started reading “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and a good read it is. The …

Jeanne Poinsettia or Christmas Eve Plant
December 22nd, 2011
poinsettia
by Jeanne

What would Christmas be without the poinsettia?  This popular Christmas plant is actually known as an Easter plant in Spain. Native to Central American and Mexico, poinsettia grow wild as weeds.  Their telltale red “flowers” are actual leaves. The yellow …

carole Preserving Plants and Friendship
December 21st, 2011
GoldAngelFalls
by carole

I was talking to Sandy about keeping plants alive through the winter when she told me that her grandmother built a tent every fall to protect a very special gardenia bush. And halfway through the conversation I realized my friends …

Michele Miller Hemp Honey “Donut” Holes
December 20th, 2011
hemp honey donut holes
by Michele Miller

  Any hemp or raw honey farmers out there? I have a recipe you’ll love! When I created this recipe, I just went with my instincts. I was anxious to try something new and had fun with combining the ingredients. …

janet Last-minute Gift Ideas
December 19th, 2011
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by Janet Clark If you’re looking for some last-minute gift ideas for the gardeners on your Christmas list, try thinking outside the box. Sure, tools and toys always make good gifts, but if your gardeners really have all the trowels/spades/forks …

by Jeanne

Among the many holiday flowers, my favorite is the amaryllis.  Its large, showy flowers are perfect to chase away the winter blues on the shortest days of the year, and most amaryllis bulb kits are relatively inexpensive.  Amaryllis flowers come …

by janet

by Janet Clark So far, so good. My geraniums are adjusting well to the move indoors, and while they’re not flowering, the leaves are green and healthy-looking. They seem content in their new arrangement, hanging out with the dieffenbachia and …

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