Monthly Archives: January 2009

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’ … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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