Entries Tagged as 'Plants'

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Dry Dip Method for Propagating Hardwood Plants, Trees or Shrubs

Ume, Japanese plum by autan My favorite fanciful tree creators, Pooktre Tree Shapers, just notified TheGardenLady that they have put a new video on their website. This video shows how to propagate new trees from branches of the wild plum trees that they use for most of their living tree sculptures. They will be using […]

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Helping Plants when Stressed by Weather Challenges

Bee Balm, Stressed | 199/365 by mfhiatt Someone said that this summer has been the wettest on record-at least on the East Coast. Meanwhile parts of the US have had one of the longest, hottest droughts.  I believe the heat level is a record. The challenges for farmers and gardeners are huge. I often wonder […]

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Protecting Plants from Snow and Ice in the Winter

Ice Tree by Spiritwoman1 There are many websites about how to plan to prevent damage to trees in winter snow or ice storms.  See here, for example.   These articles tell one how to pick strong trees that won’t be as prone to winter breakage and how to wrap trees or shrubs to try to […]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Plants for a Grave

Grave Daffodils by evinrisca TheGardenLady received this question from Lynn. An older lady at my church needs appropriate plants to use at her husband’s grave. Can she call you? She does not use computers. Cemeteries have different requirements on what is allowed to be planted on graves. More and more cemeteries do not allow permanent […]

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The Purification Power of Plants

Once again TheGardenLady is recommending having plants in your house, especially now during the cold and flu season. It is important that our houses and offices have good air quality all the time so you don’t suffer breathing problems, but it seems doubly important when you are gasping for breath with a stuffed nose: you […]

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, July 15th, 2009

Shade Loving Plants

TheGardenLady received this question from Kevin. I have a very small front area, very small, 2′x25′ with very little sun. I was thinking about some kind of ornamental grass for height and some other colorful flowers.  Any ideas? In order to give you a more precise answer, TheGardenLady would need to know your temperature zone […]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Unusual Floral Pieces at Lacroix Restaurant

One Sunday in May TheGardenLady was invited to lunch at Lacroix Restaurant in the Rittenhouse Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. The restaurant advertises itself as having one of the 10 best hotel brunches in the US. TheGardenLady will not talk about the wonderful ambiance of the restaurant or the fantastic service we had that day nor […]

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Protecting Plants from Cats

TheGardenLady received this question from Tiffany. I recently purchased two three foot tall peace lillies and my cat keeps chewing the leaves. How can I stop the cat from eating the leaves without damaging the plants? From your question it doesn’t seem like the cat is using the plant soil as its kitty litter but […]

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Variegated Hostas under Dogwoods

TheGardenLady received this question. I’d like to plant variegated hostas beneath a pink dogwood this spring. Is it a good idea? TheGardenLady thinks that planting variegated hostas under a pink dogwood sounds gorgeous. But because dogwoods are being stressed these days, plant the hostas with caution (see here). Be careful not to plant the hostas […]