Entries from November 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Garden Themed Presents for the Holidays

Cachepot by HORM Design Are you looking for unique or unusual presents for the holidays? This GardenLady has a few suggestions. I love the items that are not necessarily sold in the malls. And you know that TheGardenLady loves local items whenever that is possible especially because it supports the economy. So you will be […]

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon): How to Make Cranberry Sauce

Tytebærblom/ Cranberries Flower by haraldna Thanksgiving is over and after all the cooking, that generally means leftovers. I have never been a fan of leftovers, except for one; and that one is my homemade cranberry sauce. I used to buy it in cans until I learned how easy it is to make whole cranberry sauce […]

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Thanksgiving Fun: Artistic things to do with fruits and vegetables

Summer by Guiseppe Arcimboldo by fuzzyshoe If your family is anything like my family, when we get together with young children we like to do an activity that everyone can participate in. Since everyone in the US is gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, TheGardenLady thought you may want a creative fun idea for […]

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Do Sansevierias Grow Outdoors in New Zealand?

Cooktown Trip (Group 28) – An Environmental Disaster – Mother in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) (Snake Plant) by emblatame (Ron) TheGardenLady received this question from Pauline. Does [Sanseveria] grow outside? I live in New Zealand. (Auckland) Depending on which of the approx 70 different species of Sansevieria you are interested in growing will determine where they […]

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Which Grass Is More Acid Loving – Weeping Nutka or Zebra Grass?

Zebrinium – (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’) by Jasmic TheGardenLady received this question from Jackie. Are ‘weeping nutka’ or zebra grass acid loving? Weeping nutka and zebra grass are two different grasses.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Japanese Maple Tree

This has been a spectacular fall for the Japanese maple species Acer japonicum and Acer plamatum. As TheGardenLady drives around her area, she is “blown away” with this year’s fall colors. This is the first time I remember seeing so many of the lace leaf or cut leaf form that have fall colors that are […]

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Nicotiana: Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana tabacum (Tobacco) by Luigi FDV This GardenLady does not smoke and of course she hopes her readers don’t. But there is possibly a good side to nicotine that recently appeared in the news.  And this is the possible use of this family of plants to create organic pesticides.  See here.  Let us hope that […]

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Shakespeare Gardens

NYC Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden by Happy Gillmore There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts. Hamlet (4.5.170-1) A friend recently attended a lecture about flowers mentioned in Shakespeare. She was very excited about this lecture. I told her to visit the Shakespeare garden in Central Park, Manhattan, […]

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Magnolia Bush Problems

The Sky’s Wallpaper by kubse TheGardenLady received this question from someone whose name cannot be found. My magnolia bush is turning yellow and then the leaves turn brown and drop off. The other leaves have black spots on them. I do not see any insects on them.  Could this be a blight?  And what should […]

Monday, November 8th, 2010

How to keep old Sansevieria or Mother-in-laws tongue plants happy and healthy

Snake plant by Fuzzy T A number of readers have asked how to keep old Sansevieria or Mother-in-laws tongue plants happy and healthy. Many readers have inherited family sansevieria plants and want to do the right thing in revitalizing the plants. The best suggestion is to join a Sansevieria society to get their journals that […]