Entries from October 2009

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Chickens for the Garden

With the prevalence of the Lyme tick or any tick, I often wished I had some chickens in my yard. Chickens peck about in the grass for insects. I thought how darling they would look in my yard- a return to nature and a decoration for the yard as well as their cleaning the yard […]

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Master Gardeners of Michigan Need Help

ALERT TheGardenLady just learned distressing news for people who live in the state of Michigan who love plants and love to garden but have questions about gardening or about insects in the garden or in the home. TheGardenLady has written about an organization called the Master Gardeners that offers free advice about gardening, plants, including […]

Monday, October 26th, 2009

TheGardenLady’s Childhood Experience with Chickens

When I was a child, as I told early readers of this blog, my parents had a small farm. They had bought it just before the depression. My father, a romanticist, always dreamed of being a farmer. It was a small farm and the primary reason for its being was to raise produce. But we […]

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Growing Food Plants in the Dorm Room

TheGardenLady received this question from Daniel: I would like to grow a food plant of some sort in my dorm room. I was wondering what kind of plant you would suggest. I don’t have a lot of time or gardening skill, so an easy to care for plant would be ideal. Also, our room has […]

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Red Plants at the Perennial Plant Conference

At the Perennial Plant Conference held at Swarthmore College TheGardenLady enjoyed seeing and learning about red plants The nursery Green Leaf Plants have a Helianthemum ‘Hartswood Ruby’ that is new. It has a red flower with a yellow center and grows in zones 6,7 and 8. Check out the look of this flower on the […]

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Echinacea – The Purple Coneflower

Every year one of the best plant conferences on the East Coast is the Perennial Plant Conference held in the fall at Swarthmore College. This conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer Garden, Longwood Gardens, The Hardy Plant Society/Mid Atlantic Group, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.  (If you haven’t visited Chanticleer, […]

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Whiteflies are Annoying Plant Pests

In the last post, TheGardenLady explained one reason why this time of year makes her sad.  Here’s another reason, the fear of bringing in plant pests. Whitefly is of special concern.  See here.  Whitefly can get on your plants when they are outdoors. But it is a major problem of greenhouses or homes. One of […]

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Why this Time of the Year Makes TheGardenLady Sad

The flowers in my garden are still blooming their heads off. It is amazing to see the garden at this time of the year as cold weather is coming. The impatiens are spectacular; I think this has been one of the best years for impatiens. The roses seem to look loveliest at this time of […]

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Burning Bush

TheGardenLady received this question from Patty: What can I do to make my burning bush turn red? The Burning Bush Euonymus is also known as Winged Euonymus or Spindle Tree. If your burning bush is in enough sun, it will turn color in the fall when the weather is cool enough. Your burning bush should […]

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Replanting Marigolds

TheGardenLady received this question from Susan: I have marigolds in a pot which have died.  Can I replant them in an outside garden? If so shall I just take the whole plant out of the pot and dig a hole in an outside garden and put them in it. Have the marigold flowers died? Or […]