Entries from October 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Native Plants are the Wave of the Future. Ask Ed Toth

Greenbelt Native Plant Center by Flatbush Gardener Recently, an article appeared in the New York Times about Ed Toth, the director of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center (see here) on Staten Island, who is running a project to turn one of the world’s largest landfills  into one of the largest parks in the US using […]

Friday, October 28th, 2011

TheGardenLady’s Morning Glories

Morning Glories – Full by Knowsphotos My morning glories (Ipomoea) are in their full glory. Their heart shaped leaves make a dense bower and there are dozens of light blue flowers. ‘Heavenly Blue’, my favorite color for morning glories, are opening daily with hundreds of buds waiting on the sidelines to open for many more […]

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Why I Like Garter Snakes in My Garden

Garter Snake by Atomische • Tom Giebel One day a friend sent me a photo of a tiny frog on one of her plants. She wanted to know if she should get rid of it. The other day when I was raking, I was raking with a young man who helps me once in a […]

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Book Review: The Brother Gardeners

I believe TheGardenLady can make the statement that Everyone Loves English Gardens! And who is it who doesn’t love floral arrangements? Or are you allergic and love artificial flower arrangements or silk flower arrangements? But have you ever wondered how this love started? And who started all this interest in flowers and plants, whether real […]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Asters in My Fall Garden

20110706 aster by martius I wrote that Chrysanthemums and perennial asters are in my fall garden. Those seem to be the main flowers when one thinks of fall flowers- those and goldenrod. Because I grew up with wild asters in meadows, I never thought of asters as an interesting plant for a garden. I always […]

Monday, October 17th, 2011

How to Protect Tulips from Deer

Red tulips at my place by Per Ola Wiberg ~ Powi What is it about tulips that make them so special? Over the years I had felt so frustrated that I couldn’t grow tulips because the animals would eat them. I used to drive by homes that had rows of tulips and wonder why the […]

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Review: New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

I love to visit our local library to see what books are new in horticulture, gardening, landscaping, plants, insects, etc. During my last visit I found a book that I think readers of TheGardenLady will really find valuable. Put out by the American Horticultural Society, it is the “New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques” which calls […]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Some Things to do in the Garden in October

october garden 33678 by flora.cyclam I am getting ready for winter and thinking of next spring. Are my readers also doing the same? I did my first major raking. Living with so many trees, this raking will be ongoing until the last leaf has fallen. But I never throw any leaves away. They are always […]

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Annuals for the Fall Garden: Morning Glory and Mexican Sunflower

morning, glory by Aunt Owwee Two other plants that I love in my fall garden are annuals. I planted the seeds directly into the ground outdoors, so they got a slow and late start. But they are finally taking off. One is the morning glory. I planted a few seeds on either sides of my […]

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Outdoor Designer Garden Furniture

Garden bench for Kai by kretyen Part of preparation for winter, now that fall is seriously with us, is storing outdoor furniture. That is a major problem for me since storage space is at a premium. The other problem, as I look at my garden furniture while stowing it, is that it looks so shabby. […]