Entries from December 2011

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The 2012 Burpee Seed Catalog – Part I

Black Cat Petunia by Burpee Gardens When I was a little girl, the Sears Catalog was my dream/wish book. Now I am grown and I still have “dream/wish books.” Only now these books are seed and plant catalogs. How I wish I could buy every plant I see in some of these catalogs. I just […]

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Want to Know What Flora Jesus Saw?

Mount of Olives flora_2197 by hoyasmeg As this holiday season has been approaching, I have been dreaming that it would be nice to go to the source of the holidays. I am a dreamer. Then I read this post and saw that there is an Ultimate guide to Christmas in Israel where you can not […]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

More Good Gardening Books – Part II

In the last post, TheGardenLady wrote about Edible Landscaping, the American Horticulture Society’s pick for one of the top four best gardening books for 2011. To see the other books that the American Horticulture Society thinks are the best books for 2011 check out their website.They also list their gardening book winners for the past […]

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Edible Lanscaping: Good Gardening Books – Part I

I am sure that many of the readers are busy shopping for the holidays. Getting the perfect gift is the challenge. What should you get for the gardener? If your friend still likes to read books, there are a number of good books to choose. What surprises me is that on the lists of best […]

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The Holly – Part II

Deck The Halls! by Caro Wallis This is the second post in a two-post series on Hollies.  You can read the first post here. Holly requires a moist but well drained moderately fertile, humus rich and slightly acid soil. They will grow in sun or part shade but for best berry production, most compact growth […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Holly – Part I

Holly and snow by Tambako the Jaguar This is the season when holly (ilex) is almost king. Who doesn’t love to see the shiny, dark leaves with the red (and black) and sometimes white, orange or yellow berried shrubs and trees? It is probably the most colorful plant in the late fall and winter season. […]

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Decorating Wreaths Made Out of Vines

Wreath Closeup by kimncris In the last post, TheGardenLady talked about making wreaths out of vines.  In this post, TheGardenLady is going to say a little about decorating the vines for your wreaths. To decorate the vines, you can also harvest plant material that is still in your yard. The brown dried flowers of the […]

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Creating Wreaths from Vines

Dried Flower & Grape Vine Wreath by Tobyotter A pretty wreath can be created from vines. Various vines will work, but be sure that you don’t use poison ivy vine. Remember that poison ivy vine is hairy. If it is hairy, be wary and don’t use. If you have your own property or have a […]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The Rose Parade is Struggling Financially

Rose parade 2010 Pasadena, Calif. by Sunriserjay In the last post TheGardenLady wrote a post about she’d love to see the Rose Parade in California.  I just read in the Nov. 28th issue of the NYTimes that because of the economy and municipal budget cuts, the Rose Parade is being threatened. I felt sickened to […]

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Rose Parade in California

Rose parade 2010 Pasadena, Calif. by Sunriserjay A dream of this GardenLady has been to one day go to the Rose Parade in California. It sounds like the most beautiful parade in the world. I want to see in real time so many flowers floating by in one parade; how floats can even by made […]