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Monthly archives for January, 2009

Euphorbia Fever

Euphorbia Fever
New varieties are sure to add excitement to gardens and containers. Diamond Frost, growing alone in a pot. This variety is part of the Proven Winners lineup. I enjoyed two new-to-me euphorbias in my containers last summer. Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ is a keeper and I’ll definitely have it again this year. The blue-gray, eucalyptus-lik [...]

Bamboo in the Bathroom

Bamboo in the Bathroom
New bamboo towels come in eco-friendly green — and white, too. Bamboo towels (60% bamboo, 40% cotton) are surprisingly plush. They feel cool to the touch because the bamboo fibers are so smooth that there’s little friction on the skin. I used to think towels were just towels. Well, it turns out that you can do better than [...]

New Organic Soil Blends

New Organic Soil Blends
With our new mixes, gardeners go from seed to harvest — 100 percent organic! Our Germinating Mix has been a longtime favorite among folks who start their own seeds. Online reviewers give it high marks because the finely textured blend makes an excellent “foundation” for seedlings and ensures fast growth, well-develop [...]

Winning Veggies from 2008

Winning Veggies from 2008
Though it will be several months yet before I can start planting, I’ll soon be making my seed list for the coming year. Golden sweet peas, growing on our pea fences. Our display gardens here in Burlington, Vermont, are asleep beneath a thick blanket of snow. Though it will be several months yet before I can start planting, I&# [...]

Better Boxwoods

Better Boxwoods
Evergreens add quiet majesty to winter landscapes. Up here in zone 4/5 Vermont, the closest I’ve come to having boxwoods is a holiday wreath made from boxwood cuttings. Now, thanks to some recently introduced, much hardier cultivars, I’m looking forward to giving boxwoods a try in my garden. Evergreens tend to be backdrop [...]

Unusual Container Plants for 2009

Unusual Container Plants for 2009
With so much money to be made in new plant introductions, the world’s plant breeders are working overtime. Baby Pete agapanthus These are exciting times for plant nuts. With so much money to be made in new plant introductions (think about the Endless Summer hydrangea and the Wave series petunias), the world’s plant breeders are work [...]

Day Trip to the Tropics

Day Trip to the Tropics
After the challenges of the holiday season, I want a vacation. A collection of bromeliads, tillandsias, and aroids at the Montreal Botanic Gardens conservatory. After the challenges of the holiday season, I want a vacation. The wintery landscape outside my window has me dreaming of warm, sultry breezes, sand between my toes, and lush [...]

Gardening Resolutions

Gardening Resolutions
The start of a new year feels like a chance to take charge and start over with new goals and a new attitude. Vegetables grow more efficiently in raised beds. My garden and I share some shortcomings, so this year I’m writing resolutions for both of us. We have some lofty goals for 2009. We resolve to lose weight and get in shape, becom [...]

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