A Happy Vine For A Summer Hotspot

Before the spring outdoor activity list becomes really busy, it’s exciting to study new plant adventures. Have you tried Thunbergia alata? I like botanical names, because they take the guesswork out of a plant’s true identity. Thunbergia is also known as Black-eyed Susan Vine. But that can get confusing, because Black-eyed Susan is a common name also used…
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Dates To Start Seeds Indoors

Seeds can be started indoors now for homegrown transplants we’ll use in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens in May. Growing even a few of our own plants is fascinating and gives a whole new meaning to spring. Dates to start seeds indoors are determined by the date you plan to “set them out” (garden talk for…
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Try A Mandevilla This Spring

The “good old days” really weren’t that great, even for gardening. There were no Wave petunias. Fireworks grass was non-existent, and there certainly were no mandevilla plants to be found. Have you tried mandevilla? As plants go, it’s a fairly recent newcomer. It’s native to tropical hotspots like Brazil. Because it performs so beautifully as a…
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Successful Way To Root Cuttings

Starting new plants from our own cuttings isn’t just about getting plants on the cheap. It’s about the thrill of the process. Seeing roots sprout from a bare stem still amazes me. As a young boy when I heard my grandmother say she was going to give Aunt Margaret the slip, I thought they were playing…
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Dangerous Time Of Year For Perennials

A year ago we experienced nearly unprecedented winterkill of perennial flowers. Often several intertwined weather and environmental conditions contribute to the problem. But one of the major causes of winter die-out is occurring right now, in late winter. The months of February and March are very dangerous times to be a perennial flower. Warm spells alternate…
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