Entries Tagged as 'Advice'

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Aspidistra: The Cast Iron Plant

  TheGardenLady received this question from Rachel: I’m at college studying floristry and I’m trying to find the seasonal availability for Aspidistra but can not find it anywhere.  I was wondering if you could help me on that one please. The Aspidistra is a plant that is a native of the Eastern Himalayas, Taiwan, China, […]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Protecting Encore Azaleas from the Cold

  TheGardenLady received this message from Encore Azalea: Cold temperatures are quickly approaching and Encore Azalea® would like to help you prepare for winter’s frost. Azaleas, like most plants, may need protection during freezes and extremely cold weather. If you feel that your Encore needs protection, any cloth material such as  burlap, old blankets, or […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Winter Care of Knock-Out Roses

TheGardenLady received this question from Julia. How do I prepare my KNOCK-OUT Roses for winter? KNOCK-OUT Roses were bred to be almost maintenance free. So, if you live in zone 5 or a warmer climate, winter maintenance is minimal. The KNOCK-OUT rose site says that “Knock-Out Roses were bred with greater cold weather tolerance to […]

Monday, November 26th, 2007

How to Deal with a Sick Mother-In-Law Plant

  TheGardenLady received this question from Dawn: Someone gave me a mother inlaw plant and said it lives outside and that I couldnt kill it, but it looks like its dying now…will it die in the winter and rebloom in the summer? Plants that will grow outdoors all year long come from a place that […]

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Growing Plants in Containers

  TheGardenLady received this question from Yoonsin Park: I live in a condo with a small patio.  Due to that I can only have container plants.  I don’t want to get larger & larger containers as the plant grows.  I just want to get one container and the plant to retain itself in it.  What is […]

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Making a Garden Bed when there is Sod

  TheGardenLady received this question from Karen Meadows: How do you layer over sod to make a garden bed? To make a garden where one has sod, you must remove all the sod just as you would have to remove any type of grass. This can be back breaking work.  A slow, easier approach would […]

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Sex Therapy for Cucumbers

                                                                            TheGardenLady received this question from Jenny. I am growing lemon cucumber this year for the first time on a trellis in my garden in the Chicago area. I have many plants that are thriving and have dozens of blossoms. My problem is that only one blossom has set fruit so far. The plants […]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Zephyr Zucchini

                                                                           TheGardenLady received this question from Kelsi. I have a volunteer zucchini plant that popped up in my garden this year. However it is producing a bicolored zucchini I cannot identify.  It is green on the blossom end and yellow on the vine end.  Any ideas? How exciting to have a zucchini volunteer. I hope […]

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Dying Topiary

                                                                               TheGardenLady received this question from Jina: I have 2 potted spiral trees that I purchased and planted myself 2 summers ago. They have survived extremely cold winters. I have feed and pruned them each spring. I recently noticed some brown limbs and looks like dying. I’m not sure what I have done wrong, and would […]

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Looking for a Beautiful Garden Tour?

                                                                                    One of the things TheGardenLady enjoys is visiting places with plants or plant related material. These include gardens, parks, arboretums, nurseries, farms, flower shows, farmers markets, etc.  These places can be private or public. If TheGardenLady is in the vicinity and the places are open to the public, TheGarden Lady will try to visit. […]