Archive | October, 2012

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October 2012 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

  Not much to report for the October 2012 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. The brainchild of May Dreams Gardens blog author Carol Michel, this lovefest of all things blooming in our gardens is celebrated by garden bloggers everywhere on the 15th of each month. The only bloomers in my garden right now are my Flower Carpet roses. […]

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Add a Tropical Touch to your containers!

We all love to look at all the beautiful colors, textures and shapes of plants in the garden center, but we have a hard time visualizing combinations.   While it would be nice to have the time and money to keep playing around with different plant groupings, this just isn’t reality for many of us. We’re […]

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Plants Do Talk

You might not know this, but I didn’t just come to plants by chance – I grew up with them on a bulb farm tucked up in the hills behind Melbourne (Australia). And even though there was a fair bit of farm work as I grew up, it couldn’t make me hate those acres of […]

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The cucumber overtakes the dahlia.

Battle in the garden … Veggies vs Flowers

This is the year of the white cucumber–the Crystal Apple variety to be exact. From a half dozen seeds I’ve throw in the ground, I only expected one or two to take. Apparently they all germinated because now cucumber plants are stretching the length of my front garden overtaking two yews, two tee-pees, three swirled […]

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Fall’s the time to turn patio plants into houseplants!

Fall’s here. Time to close up the pool and bring the plants in. Above, you can see my plectranthus in full bloom (purple flowers) and my ‘Royal Glissade’ coleus (lime- and rust-colored foliage). This will be my first attempt at overwintering coleus as a houseplant. I already successfully overwintered the plectranthus this past year, after […]

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