Monthly Archives: February 2008

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Delphinium Envy

‘New Millennium’ Delphiniums are available from a handful of U.S. nurseries this spring. The photo above comes from Graceful Gardens, which is offering several different cultivars. I wish marigolds did it for me. Why is it that we always crave … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Awesome Arugula

Once you’ve cultivated a taste for arugula, you’ll probably want to eat it as often as possible, dressed very simply as the Italians do. Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a non-heading, peppery green, also known as rocket or roquette. Popular in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Dahlias for the Cutting Garden

Gallery Sisley is compact, making it ideal for containers. Photo by Dalbert G. of Berlin Heights, Ohio. See the original image in the Dutch Gardens Photo Center. February is here and if you haven’t done so already, now’s the time … Continue reading

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Cochineal: A Pest Redeemed

Opuntia cactus covered with white scale insects. I hate scale. This persistent insect pest eventually caused the untimely death of my prized Meyer lemon tree. During the annual winter infestations, I would try to keep the insect in check with … Continue reading

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