The Adventures Of My Homegrown Poinsettia

I’ve never been accused of being a wild and crazy guy, but where plants are concerned I throw caution to the wind. Much literature says it’s too difficult to coax poinsettias to rebloom, so I set out a year ago to prove the naysayers wrong. After Christmas last year, I kept our poinsettia growing in…
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Keep Plants Safe During Winter Transport

On a thirty-below-zero day last winter I recall buying a plant at a local home improvement store. After I paid for my purchase, the nice checkout person asked me “Would you like me to put that in a bag or something?” “Yes,” I replied, “That would be nice.” Especially since the plant would probably die…
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Gardening With An Old House

I like growing plants. And I like neat old houses. But most of all, I like growing plants in a neat old house. I promised to occasionally reveal what I’m doing gardening-wise around our own home, and I thought you might like to see the home that’s the base of my gardening efforts. Of course,…
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Impatiens Blooming Impatiently Indoors

Look what’s growing in our kitchen window. The double, rosebud impatiens that grew in our outdoor containers this summer were too nice to let freeze. They were growing in a filtered light location of shade mixed with a little sunshine and were covered in blossoms all summer. When cool fall weather arrived I decided to…
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Everyone Please Calm Down And Grow A Plant

If I ask nicely, would everyone who doesn’t have a houseplant please get one? I’m not a political person. I’m happy and contented just minding my plants. But even an introvert like me is aware of the tight-as-a-fiddle-string tension popping up all over, politically and otherwise. Ever notice how uptight some politicians are? Their lack…
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