Purple Passion Adds Pizzazz To Houseplant Collection

I’ve never met a houseplant I didn’t like. Except maybe the fish-hook barrel cactus that attacked  me 40 years ago leaving a permanent scar. Other than a reclusive, overly aggressive barrel cactus, most houseplants appreciate living in groups. The shared humidity creates a favorable environment. Houseplants are even more attractive if there’s contrast in the group. Variegated foliage or colorful-leaved…
Read More

How To Tell If Houseplants Are Getting Enough Light

Besides deciding when to water, deciding how much light to give a houseplant is the next biggest challenge. Sometimes we don’t have much choice. Maybe we have limited window space or our windows face a certain direction or we’d like a plant on a coffee table instead of in front of the window. How can we tell if…
Read More

A Friendly Little Plant To Cheer A Winter’s Day

I couldn’t resist the cheery little plant when I saw it in the store last week. I hadn’t grown one since I was a teenager, so I bought it. The clerk at the checkout counter wrapped it carefully so it wouldn’t freeze to death on the way home. The plant is Moon Valley Pilea, with the…
Read More

Shovel Snow On Perennials For Extra Protection

We associate snow with cold, but there’s a reason Eskimos use it to build houses – snow’s a good insulator. Mother Nature insulates the ground from too-deep freezing by blanketing it with snow. The root system of plants can’t take cold temperatures the way the above-ground branches can. While the branches of adapted trees and shrubs…
Read More

Moving The Gardening Season Indoors

The north wind is howling. The snow is blowing. It’s unspeakably cold outside. The growing season is obviously long gone, right? No, we can’t have that. Gardening is a great hobby and a great pastime and winter give us extra time to focus on our indoor gardening. Growing plants indoors takes the edge off winter. It’s…
Read More