Plan Now For Winter Wonderland Landscapes

One of life’s simple pleasures in this part of the country is sipping coffee on a wintery Saturday morning and gazing out the window to our backyard landscape. That is, if there’s something out there to gaze upon, and most of our yards could use some winter improvement. Winter reveals the patterns of twigs, the…
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Houseplant Or Wild Jungle Native?

Before we get to this week’s mystery plant, raise your hand if you like houseplants. I’ve got both hands raised. Have you ever wondered if you hollered at your plants instead of talking to them, would they grow troubled and insecure? If you sing a happy tune will they be well-adjusted and optimistic? Do you…
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Enjoy January Bloom Indoors With Easy-To-Grow Orchids

You’d think I’m anxiously waiting for the spring gardening season to arrive. But just between you and me, I’m having a great time gardening indoors this winter. Oh sure, I’ll have spring fever when the time is right, but now I’m way too busy enjoying the January sunshine streaming through the windows, and the houseplants are soaking it all…
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Can You Name This Week’s Plant?

Can you identify the following plant? And remember, no fair peeking! Our featured plant this week is an easy-to-grow houseplant known by several common names. Plant breeders have been busy developing improved varieties that are more compact than previous types. As the plant ages, it often develops a trailing habit. While solid green-leaved types are…
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Check Winter Rabbit Damage Before It’s Too Late

Lots of rabbit tracks in the snow show they’ve been very active this winter. It’s easy to ignore them until our shrubs and trees turn up dead in spring. Rabbits often work inside shrubbery, gnawing away the bark of branches and twigs near the base. If branches are completely “girdled,” to use the gardening term,…
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