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GARDEN TIME with DOUG: My Houseplant Highlight for October – Schefflera

HERE IS SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION AND CARE TIPS FOR SCHEFFLERA PLANTS BUSHES IN THE HOUSE: SCHEFFLERA AND DWARF SCHEFFLERA Sometimes called Umbrella Tree, the Brassaia actinophylla is a large tropical shrub with rosettes of 5 long glossy green leaves forming umbrella-like symmetrical heads. Native to Queensland, Java, and New Guinea, the Schefflera is an easy…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Plant the Bulb That Almost Took Down a Nation

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Despite the fact that the Netherland is the world’s leading grower of tulips, did you know that tulips are NOT native there? Tulips are native to the mountains of Turkey and Russia! So how did tulips get from there to the Netherlands? In the late 1500s, the ambassador to the courts of Suleiman the Magnificent…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – October Gardening Tasks

FALL IS FOR PLANTING  –  OCTOBER IS A BEAUTIFUL MONTH TO BE LIVING IN VIRGINIA!! I love the fall season. It is my favorite season of all. The days have become cooler and leaves are beginning to change color. What would make this time of year even more perfect is if we would have had…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Peonies: Beautiful, Fragrant, and Deer-Resistant

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

In the spring, I sit on my deck and admire the peonies in the back of my yard. I watch the occasional deer walk by—and keep on walking. They don’t eat them! I cut a few buds to bring inside because the fragrance is wonderful. I appreciate the beauty that they have brought to my…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Planting in October

OCTOBER IS A BUSY GARDENING MONTH WHEN IT COMES TO PLANTING Usually, my first blog of the month is about important gardening chores that need to be done in the month. However, I feel the need to address the seriousness of our drought conditions and the importance of watering. The blog on ‘Gardening Chores for…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Dancing with Daffodils

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Daffodils are one of the first flowers we learn to recognize as children. Maybe we called them “Daffy-down-dillies” or “Jonquils.” Their correct botanical name is Narcissus; the correct common name is ‘daffodil’. Jonquil refers to a specific kind of Narcissus/Daffodil. Daffodils are divided into thirteen different groups, depending on flower shape. They come in large…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Terrariums

A TERRARIUM IS A FUN WAY TO ENJOY INDOOR PLANTS WITH LITTLE MAINTENANCE Terrariums are miniature plant habitats, especially useful for growing plants with high humidity requirements. Our present-day terrariums, from the utilitarian fish tank to more decorative glass containers, are direct descendants of the Victorian Era “Wardian Cases,” large containers used to grow or…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Already?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. On this day, the day and the night are of equal length. From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, the hours of dark will be longer than the hours of daylight every day….

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Bringing Houseplants In For the Winter

SUMMER VACATION TIME IS OVER FOR OUR HOUSEPLANTS TO BE OUTSIDE Here we are in late September and fall is officially here on the 23rd. It’s time to be thinking about prepping our tropical houseplants to come back inside. This Saturday is FALL GARDENER’S FAIR –  OUR HOUSEPLANT EXPERTS WILL BE CONDUCTING A FREE EDUCATIONAL…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Garlic and Onions Belong In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m one of those people who believe that onions and garlic make everything taste better. If a recipe calls for half an onion, I figure adding the whole onion will make it better. Same with garlic. And since fall is a perfect time to plant onions and garlic—and we just got fresh garlic and onions…

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