Jeanne Growing Gladiolus
July 7th, 2011
by Jeanne

I’ve heard it said that gardeners have a love-hate relationship with gladiolus flowers. That is, you either love them or you hate them. I fall squarely on the side of loving these tall, dramatic flowers. Part of that is simply …

by janet

by Janet Clark The old-fashioned hydrangea bushes so many of us remember from our grandmothers’ gardens boasted of big, white, snowball-like blossoms that bloomed in mid-summer. While these are still one of my favorites, I also love the pastel varieties …

by Jeanne

If you leave anywhere from Maine to Florida and inland to about the middle of the United States, you’re familiar with June’s scourge – the Japanese beetle. Many homeowners struggle with beetles during various life cycle stages. Beetles in the …

by Jeanne

Two flowers I’ve watched for many long months finally showed their true colors today, and it was worth the wait. My garden flushes with oranges and yellows in May and early June, but a swelling blush of pink suffuses the …

by margaret

Summer is officially here (although it’s been hot enough to prove that point for over a month now) and my vegetable garden is filling up with mature plants. Sure the lettuce bolted a week ago and the spinach never stood …

margaret The Little Plant That Could
June 18th, 2011
by margaret

by Margaret Telsch-Williams A few years ago during the first spring after we bought our house I spotted the cutest little flowers growing around the base of my neighbor’s mailbox. The plant was maybe ten inches tall and bloomed with …

garden_hoseML
by Jeanne

There’s an old song in which the chorus goes something like this: “It’s 110…110 in the shade…!”  Today’s heat index is 115 here in south central Virginia, and baby, it’s hot outside. The red clay soil looks like a baked …

janet The Versatile Spirea
June 16th, 2011
by janet

by Janet Clark When the bridal wreath bushes infuse the air with their clean-linen fragrance, I know summer has truly arrived. In my neck of the woods, bridal wreaths bloom after the lilacs are just a sweet memory and the …

carole Landscaping Lessons
June 13th, 2011
by carole

By Carole Corlew I received a real-life lesson recently on how to choose a landscaping service. The neighbors did too. Our experiences were startling. I’m passing along these accounts so you can learn from us. You’ll save money plus the …

Juice Box
June 9th, 2011
by admin

I’m glad you enjoyed my Black Grass Smoothie recipe I shared with you in my last post. That should get you geared up for gardening! Speaking of gardening… I’ve always believed “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and there’s no  …

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