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A Must Do This Spring: Plant Tomatoes!

Some of us have anxiously planned ahead by preparing for this glorious time of year. Now it is time to go into the garden! ​There are many varieties of tomato plants that I have grown in containers. Read on to learn about the different types that have worked for me, seedlings that will grow in your space, where you can buy them, and how to plant them…

Spring’s Opening Act, ​A Brilliant Character

My Grandmother had an old, urn-shaped, iron pedestal “plant holder” that sat out front of her house years ago. I can’t quite recollect what she used it for or what it was meant to be used for. At my house, it serves as a beacon for displaying an “opening act” for Spring. And so, the marquee would read (as the saying goes), ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’. The first showing of flowers is always around Mother’s Day, which is May 14th this year, and the starring role goes to the brilliant Fuchsia! Fuchsia are wonderful as Hanging Plants​, although there are Upright Varieties. On some Fuchsia plants, The Blossoms look like ribbons of hanging lanterns or, better yet, tiny dancers wearing tutus! Others have Elongated Blooms and look like a long, tubular, musical horn. Fuchsias bloom in a variety of two-toned colors. I gravitate toward the vibrant, deep Fuchsia/red and purple plants. Other colors range from pink to white, red, or even orange hues. Their bloom time is from late spring to fall, so I …

Blooming Branches

In early spring, very rarely do I miss out on an opportunity to take budding branches, from flowering trees or shrubs, and turn them into blooming branches in my home. For an amazing visual impact, you can make beautiful sweeping arrangements to place in your foyer, on a side table, cocktail table, or for a centerpiece…

Indoor Herb Growing and Renewal

When most of the plant world is on hiatus for the winter, there are some hardworking plants that can, and will, work right through the cold season. That is, of course, if you have an indoor garden. ​Indoor gardening has become a growing trend, and there is no better time to start one than now. Your own indoor herb garden can be complete in a few easy steps…

Well-Read Intentions For Gardening in the New Year

Now that we’re well into the new year, we’ve all had plenty of time to think about our New Year Resolution. I don’t know what your dictionary says, but mine says the meaning of resolution is to resolve something. How many of us have actually done that? Now…intention, consideration, contemplation? Those are better ”tion” words to use after the words “New Year.” As for what my New Year “Intention” is, I want to, well…read more. Taking into consideration I have hundreds of books (all of which my mother has read!) that I’ve been contemplating reading, if only I put my smartphone down more often! With that said, when searching for well-read gardening books, I require not only to be entertained, but to learn from it, and, to be visually inspired…and dream! So here are a few books (that I would like to add to my already bulging bookcases) that fit my requirements: For Entertainment: The Botanical Treasury: Celebrating 40 of The Worlds most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and Manuscripts by Christopher Mills. If you’re a …

How to Operate a Home

A business CANNOT be successful without a strategy and proper operations. A home is not any different. Home life is just as busy, if not BUSIER, than a company. So, to make our life as easy and balanced as possible this year, we just need to follow these steps to be operational wizards…

Take a Bough!

If you haven’t noticed already, Christmas trees are being sold at every lot, corner, and Christmas tree farm as far as the eye can see! And…little did you know, those are the best places to….’take a bough’! Evergreen bough that is…let me explain…