Category: Other Seasonal Topics

Keukenhof Tulip Garden

In 1949, a group of prominent Dutch bulb growers developed plans to create an open-air flower exhibition. It was to serve as a permanent showcase for the bulb and flower industry in Holland. Now, more than fifty years later, this “display” of flowers, called Keukenhof, encompasses over 80 acres and 6 million tulips, narcissi, daffodils, … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Gardening Serendipity

What is serendipity and what does it have to do with gardening? Webster defines serendipity as the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident. If gardeners look carefully, they can find new plants growing in the garden everyday. Many people call these things weeds but a more careful observation could reveal surprises. Nature … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Window Boxes

As you plan this year’s garden, consider adding some window boxes. A charming window box is a small garden placed above the ground, on a window or porch ledge. In older, foreign cities it is common to see three- and four-story houses graced with well-tended, colorful window boxes. Many homes in America have at least … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Garden Workout

Want to get into shape? Get out of the gym and into the garden. You don’t get pretty pink petunias by dumping a bag of seed on the ground and sitting on the patio. You plan and work. It starts simply enough, bending down to pick a weed or a stray blade of grass. After … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Yard Decorating

Several years ago while I was on vacation, I saw a chair used as a planter. It was such a good idea that I wanted to make my own. Fortunately I just happened to have several old chairs waiting to be refinished and re-upholstered, so I selected one and went to work. To complete this … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Planting By The Zodiac

It won’t be too much longer until time to drop those seeds into the soil. Our eyes are already on the calendar for the “frost free” date; then seeds in hand, we charge forth with the greatest of expectations for a bountiful crop of whatever. But hold on! Have you also checked the phases of … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Gardener’s Journal

Keeping a journal is an effective way to remember what we have done in our gardens in the past. It is a record of what worked for us and what didn’t. This is our personal adventure with our garden. It is a source of joy and knowledge of our own skills as dirt practitioners. We … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Garden Gifts

Right after Thanksgiving, mother fires up her oven. It blazes straight through until Christmas. Her kitchen counters bow under heavy loads of loaf bread, sweet, cinnamon and croissant rolls. Today my brothers and I pass on the tradition she started by churning out goodies from our own kitchen and gardens. Here are a few inexpensive … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Gardening Is Therapy

We live in a fast-paced world full of impatience, anxiety, stress, frustration and self-indulgence, where pills for nervous stress, depression and high blood pressure are common. If we start teaching our children the pleasures of gardening as soon as they can walk, maybe their lives will be less stressful. If you enjoy gardening, try to … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics

Holiday Gifts

Has shopping for your gardener friends got you stumped? We all think about the usual gardening gloves, small tools, a gardening stool, kneeling pads, etc., but here are some other ideas. Gardening books make great choices, especially when you know a friend’s area of special interest, like roses, orchids, or herbs. If in doubt about … […]

Posted in Other Seasonal Topics