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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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Houseplant Highlight for September – Money Tree

Pachira aquatic, better known as “Money tree” is an easy-care, low maintenance houseplant. This plant gets its name because the Feng Shui practice believes that a Money Tree, when properly placed in a home or business, brings prosperity and good fortune. They are usually found with its trunk braided. The top of the Money Tree…

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