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Gardening with a purpose by Elizabeth Licata

This phrase appears in many recent industry trend reports, but I don’t quite remember what they mean by it. Here’s what I mean by it. For years now, it’s been abundantly clear that the country (and planet) we all garden on is threatened with wide-ranging environmental peril. We all know this. It is so very, […]

Holly – Yellow All Over

Q: My hollies have been in the same spot of twenty years and all of a sudden two of them are turning yellow. What should I look for? A: When plants are unhealthy top to bottom and growing beside a healthy plant, I lean toward root/water/drainage issues. Put on your jeans and a long-sleeved shirt […]

Heuchera – Growing in Pots

Q: I love all the new varieties/colors of heuchera but have not had good luck at keeping them growing in my mostly shaded back yard. Any helpful tips? A: I love heuchera too but I’ve had the same experience…in my landscape the plants tend to be covered with tree leaves and disappear. However I have […]

Amaryllis – All Leaves, No Flowers

Q: I have an amaryllis plant I got as a kit box with soil, bulb and pot. It has been sitting in a spot with indirect sunlight and I have been watering it every other day. So far it has all leaves but no flowers. A: The leaves look stretched out to me. This typically […]

A New Take on Invasive Plants by Thomas Christopher

I’ve been reading an important book. It’s not new – it was published in 2010 – but it is even more relevant today than when it was fresh off the press. It is Peter Del Tredici’s Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast. Conceived of as a field guide to the plants you might encounter in […]

Boutonniere: This Is What Professionals Do

The best way to practice flower arrangement is to start small, boutonnieres are very easy to make and provide a result that could actually be useful. For this craft it is highly recommended to use hardy flowers such as roses or orchids; they can survive the summer heat and being worn for a day. Show More Summary

Hell on wheels at Texas Roller Derby

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Austin is where roller derby was reborn in the early 2000s, and it’s still a hot ticket, even on a Sunday night. My daughter and I attended last night’s Texas Roller Derby bout between the Rhinestone Cowgirls and the Holy Rollers. It had been 8 years (!) since my family and I watched the Hellcats vs. Show More Summary

Sunshiny sedum and oh deer

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The late-winter garden cut-back continues, but spring has sprung as far as pretty Palmer’s sedum is concerned. Honeybees have been busy among the flowers, although I managed to miss them in this closeup. While working in the lower garden, I heard a rustling in the greenbelt just behind the fence. Show More Summary

Best Lopper 2017 – Reviews and Buyers Guide

The post Best Lopper 2017 – Reviews and Buyers Guide appeared first on Lawn Care Pal. Now and then, a gardener is faced with the task of cutting branches that are too thick for pruning shears, and too small for a pruning saw. What do you do? Get yourself a pair of lopper’s! In case you don’t know what these are, they are a manual gardening tool used for pruning twigs [...]Show More Summary

Trees are Worth more Dead than Alive (to Wildlife) by Susan Harris

Walking around the lake near my house I’ve noticed the preponderance of snags – dead trees left standing, most of them without their tops. Here’s one along the path. Knowing they’re important for wildlife, I was happy to see so many, but it took a bit of googling to discover just HOW important. According to […]

Planting an agave is a thorny endeavor

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last weekend, after creatively wrestling this bad boy out of the car, my family helpers and I slid it onto a utility cart and rolled it into the back yard. This new whale’s tongue agave to replace Moby, while far from mature-size, is still large enough at 15 gallons to make planting — heck, even unpotting — a challenge. Show More Summary

Garden clean-up in progress for Foliage Follow-Up

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The pond patio garden is mostly evergreen, so the big cleanup here occurs later, in March, when I muck out the pond and divide the water plants. With our brief winter segueing right into spring, February is a transitional month here in Central Texas. Show More Summary

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2017

I don't like to sound repetitious but February in my zone 6 garden doesn't offer much in the line of blooms in February. Some years there is nothing blooming so I guess I shouldn't complain. We have had so many days of April weathers that I have our first Hellebore blooming. Show More Summary

Sweet Land of Liberty, from Salvisa to Sanibel by Allen Bush

  Two weeks ago, while stuck at winter’s ugly intersection of “alternative facts” and grays skies, I sat patiently and watched the red light flash green. It dried out, and the sun shone for a day. “I think I can, I think I can,” I began muttering. In a manic burst, I dug three small […]

7 Best Garden Tractors Reviews Of 2017

The post 7 Best Garden Tractors Reviews Of 2017 appeared first on Lawn Care Pal. Cleaning is a tough job and if it comes to clean the yard or lawn your house or the office lawn it comes really difficult and the person who does this job feels extra pressure as cleaning or taking some special care of the grass, cutting them in different styles is not so easy. It [...]Show More Summary

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