Use an end-of-hose sprayer, drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or watering can – saturate the ground and leave the leaves dry. Improve potting soil mixes. Incorporate water-retaining polymers into the potting soil for your container gardens. They really make a difference.
Classic Caladiums: add some variety to your life
Ever since I learned how easy it was to plant masses of Classic Caladiums, it is now an annual event here at Helen’s Haven. Classic Caladiums is my go-to source for the best quality of caladium bulbs. Not only are the bulbs the best, they come from the science and selection of Dr. Robert (Bob) Hartman. Bob […]
#GARDENGIVEAWAY: Costa Farms EARTH DAY Celebration
I had to good fortune of doing a media trip a while back to Costa Farms. Touring their facilities and reading this book was a eye opener. Intuitively I already knew, but I like it when science backs things up. Costa Farms is giving away a 5 plant pack for O2 for YOU to celebrate Earth Day! To […]
50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Layers
CHAPTER 45 LAYERING THE LANDSCAPE Low to the ground or raised high, layers in your landscape give you the opportunity to add more plantings to your garden by taking advantage of each plane level. The idea of layering dates back to early 20th century gardens, which were tiered, like a church choir, for better viewing. […]
Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 20, 2015
The Day The first half of Sunday was dry as I was traveling back from VA. The half I got to work in the garden was rainy, but I got out there anyway. The Deeds Have you seen this? Now everyone knows! Found leader for muscadine grapes. Trained along a post. Moved everything out of the […]
#GARDENGIVEAWAY: AMES New Homeowner’s Collection
This #GARDENGIVEAWAY IS CLOSED This almost seems too good to be true. But it is! For this week’s #gardengiveaway, AMES Tools is offering a set of their tools, idea for someone new to gardening, just starting out–The complete New Homeowner Collection! It’s easy to enter a chance to win, just read on… The Homeowner […]
To color or not to color?
When it comes to color, I’m not usually hesitant to add. But this one has me stymied. My wonderful next-door neighbors have a Ligustrum hedge they inherited from the previous owners. It’s nice privacy, and that is about all the good I can say about it. Two years ago, I took a hard look at my side […]
50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Color!
CHAPTER 18 ADDING COLOR TO YOUR GARDEN Color is what excites people most in a garden design—color in the flowers, the accents, and even in the furniture during the cold of winter. When visiting a garden with colors that blend, note what makes them work together. A refresher in color theory will make this easier […]
Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 13, 2015
The Day Beautiful and near 80ºF The Deed I was fortunate enough to travel this week on assignment for Troy-Bilt. It was my son’s spring break, so we made a little vaca out of it. He’s use to it, and very abiding. We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! The forecast ahead shows no more frost […]
I’ve Been A Traveling Fool…
I’ve been a traveling fool. The book tour for Plants with Benefits doesn’t seem to want to end…but that’s a good thing. Friday at noon, I spoke to full house at the US Botanical Garden. It was such an honor. My sister-in-law Charmaine Yoest and my niece, Gibby Yoest were there to cheer me one. […]
Gardener’s Roll Call: Monday, April 6, 2015
The Day Sunny, beautiful, around 70ºF. The Deeds It was a slow weekend in Helen’s Haven. Yesterday was Easter and I played bunny. That and chocolate are the only bunnies I like. Planted 3 Mahonia bealei to go with a third I already had. Picked-up 40 lb. of paver sand to reposition the pavers edging the driveway. […]