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Growing Bougainvillea Indoors

Bougainvilleas require lots of light when they're grown indoors. Mine are happy in the southeast corner of my dining room. This photo was taken during February—it was 20 degrees and snowing outside.

I used to have dozens of houseplants, but over the years I’ve cut way back. Today, there are only three plants in the sunny, southeast corner of my dining room and all three are bougainvilleas. They are orchid-pink Texas Dawn, the deeper pink Barbara Karst and sunny yellow California Gold. These plants started out in […]

Maple Trees for Small Spaces

Autumn owes its bright colors to red, gold, and apricot maple leaves.

The big old maple tree in my yard finally came down last summer after years of dropping twigs and branches. I loved its dappled shade and fiery autumn foliage, but not its huge size. I’m planning to replace it this year with a smaller maple variety that has good fall color and a finer texture. […]

Delphinium Envy

Delphiums from New Zealand

I wish marigolds did it for me. Why is it that we always crave the flowers that are most difficult for us to grow? In my garden the soil is heavy and shallow. Winters are cold (zone 4) and snow cover is pretty undependable. Summers can be warm and humid. The prevailing southerly winds are […]

Think Before You Eat

Think Before You Eat

Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. When I read those words last year, written by Michael Pollan, all of my questions about what to eat were answered. Simple, clear and direct. As we struggle to eat right—whether it’s for personal health or global sustainability—we are presented with many labels: low-fat, organic, vegan, […]

Awesome Arugula

Arugula for salad

Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a non-heading, peppery green, also known as rocket or roquette. Popular in Italian cuisine, it’s been cultivated since Greek and Roman times. Usually eaten raw in salads, it can also be made into pesto, sprinkled on a just-cooked pizza or be tossed into hot pasta. The smell of arugula leaves can […]

New Plants Inspire Perfect Pairings

New Plants Inspire Perfect Pairings

Rex Begonias paired with silvery Dichondra and Sedum light up a partly shaded garden. Choosing plants and planning color combinations for my collection of garden pottery is a satisfying way to spend a snowy winter afternoon. Every spring, I fill these mini gardens with foliage and flowering annuals to decorate my deck, add fragrance to […]

Wild Bees to the Rescue

Wild Bees to the Rescue

A bee at work in an apple orchard. As gardeners, we are more aware than most, of the role bees play in pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables. In the U.S., 30 percent of the food we eat requires bee pollination. European honeybees (Apis mellifera) in particular, do about 80 percent of that work. Bee colonies […]

Of Peat Pots, Yogurt Cups and Accelerated Propagation Systems

Of Peat Pots, Yogurt Cups and Accelerated Propagation Systems

When starting plants from seed, it’s a good idea to experiment with different sorts of pots and trays. I like the fact that gardening is a leisure-time activity that doesn’t require buying a lot of stuff. Of course my basement, barn and garden shed tell quite a different story, but most of it isn’t anything […]

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