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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Got Cats? They’ll Love This!

By Bonnie Pega
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It’s no secret I’m the neighborhood “cat lady.” I didn’t start out to be the neighborhood cat lady, you understand, but it happens. You start out feeding one stray—and they bring friends. Next thing you know, they’re yours. I’ve had cats all my life—and have been a gardener almost the same length of time. Why…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Houseplant Highlight for November

FLORIST CYCLAMEN or “ALPINE VIOLET” Without a doubt, the Cyclamen is one of my favorite, seasonal, blooming houseplants. Every year when the cyclamen plants arrive on our blooming tables it becomes nostalgic for me as I think about some friends who are no longer with us who would always have me pick out cyclamen plants…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Your Houseplant Are In For Winter. Now What?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

To repot or not repot? Unless you broke the pot bringing your plant in, don’t repot right now.  Even indoor plants are responding to the less intense light levels and shorter days this time of year.  While they aren’t dormant, they are not growing very fast.  Save repotting for late winter/early spring (February/March).  Remember, when…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – November Gardening Tips

HERE WE ARE IN NOVEMBER AND HAVING GREAT WEATHER FOR FALL PLANTING PROJECTS The Holiday season is just around the corner but it is still fall and FALL IS FOR PLANTING – better and stronger than ever. We have had some good rainfall this past couple of weeks. Our soil temperature is still warm –…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Prep for a Great Spring Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve pulled up all my spent summer veggies—the tomatoes that didn’t have one more bud left on them, the squash that looked, well, squashed and the last crop of bush beans that just didn’t have any bean left. I’ve already planted some fall vegetables—I have some fat little kale plants, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli in…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Fall Lawn Care

SEEDING AND FERTILIZING THE LAWN NOW – “AM I TOO LATE?” Finally, Mother Nature has decided to be cooperative with us in our effort to take care of our lawns by giving us some good, old fashioned, soaking rains this past week. So many homeowners were holding off aerating, seeding, and fertilizing their lawns until…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Batty for Bats

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

October is Bat Appreciation Month. Bats have gotten a bad rap over the years from writers of horror fiction, but they are actually good guys. They are not only pollinators but an outstanding source of pest control. Here are some cool facts about these fellow mammals. Bats are the only mammals that fly. There are…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – One Secret to Finding Joy in Gardening

FLOWERS ALL YEAR ROUND There are many joys with gardening. For many of us, the number one joy is being able to enjoy having color in our gardens or containers year-round. We are fortunate to live in a state (Zones 6 – 8) that is temperate enough to allow flowers to be planted and enjoyed…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Amaryllis, Beautiful and Easy

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This is the time of year to get my all-time favorite flowers–Amaryllis. Well, actually, what we call ‘amaryllis’ are really ‘hippeastrum’–members of the amaryllis family. The plants that are technically ‘amaryllis’ are the Amaryllis Belladonna and relatives, however, hippeastrum has been called ‘amaryllis’ for so long, that we’ll never be able to get people to…

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…

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