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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Hellebores: A Cure for the Winter Blues

NEEDING COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE THIS TIME OF YEAR? Here we are in mid-January. Compared to last year, this January has been more typical for us when it comes to temperatures and snow. Yes, we had snow this past weekend. But, it was nothing compared to the snow we had in December. And, snow helps…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Five Plants for Beautiful Indoor Color This Winter

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I get it. January and February are b-o-r-i-n-g!  The Christmas tree has come down, the fresh wreath is now tossed, and the poinsettias are dropping leaves every day. And when you look out the windows, there’s nothing much to see—unless you like dim gray winter skies. But there are some ways to brighten up your…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Pruning Is All About Timing

TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE? – THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. Here we are in early January and we are having some nice weather and temperatures that allow us to get outside into our gardens and enjoy ourselves with our beloved plants. If there is one question that I get asked more than any other…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Cacti and Succulents

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Cacti and succulents are really “in” right now.  And they should be.  They’re fun, interesting, and easy to grow. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word “sucus” meaning sap or juice.  All succulents contain specially evolved cells in their roots, stems or leaves that absorb and retain water.  That’s because they’ve evolved in areas…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – What’s A Gardener To Do In January?

PLENTY First, Happy New Year to all you gardeners. Whatever the weather and regardless of where we live, January marks the start of another garden year. We made it to 2019. Somehow, all the gardening disappointments of last year with the excessive rainfall seem to be vanishing as we look forward to another great gardening…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Last January, I Made Some Gardening Resolutions. So How Did I Do?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I resolved to be better about feeding my garden during the growing season.  Fast-growing summer annuals and vegetables need to be fed but I usually get so bogged down in just trying to keep things watered and weeded in the heat, that I forget.  How did I do? Better—but not great.  I did get an…

Groundhogs, Woodchucks, Whistle Pigs?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This coming Friday is Groundhog’s Day.  So here are a few interesting facts about Groundhogs… Groundhogs are not related to hogs at all but are marmots closely related to squirrels.  They are basically a giant ground squirrel. They’re widely distributed across North America from northern Alabama all the way up to Alaska. They truly hibernate…

Effects Of Our Cold Weather On Our Beloved Plants

These past three weeks sure has taken a toll on us gardeners.  It is hard to spend any time outside.  But, most of all, we are all concerned about the health of some of our outdoor plants. Here we are on the 24th of January.  One bright side to all of this worrisome is that spring…

Got Squirrels?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Sunday, January 21, was Squirrel Appreciation Day.  What?  I’m supposed to appreciate these fuzzy little things that destroy my garden?  Well…Yes. The word ‘squirrel’ comes from the Anglo-Norman word esquirel with roots in the Greek word skiouros meaning ‘shadow-tailed.’  A group of squirrels is called a “scurry” (a Scurry of Squirrels—appropriate).  They are native to every…

Cyclamen

If you have a Cyclamen now or you want to try cyclamen for big, bold winter color, here are some care tips to keep in mind for this plant. First, are you aware that Cyclamen plants are actual a bulb, called a corn, planted in the soil?  Keep this information in mind as you continue…

I Did It Again…

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I did it again.  In all of this excessively cold weather, I was so obsessed with protecting the pipes that I forgot to protect my rosemary and lavender.  They are, I hate to admit, dead.  Again. I just went through this last winter. I know they’re more vulnerable because they are container grown and wish…

Growing Small Fruit In Your Landscape

Here we are in mid-January after having some of the coldest days on record for the Richmond area.  It is hard to want to get outside in the gardens with this type of weather.  The best strategy is to stay inside where it is warm and contemplate how you want to garden this year. One…

Houseplant Appreciation Day

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tomorrow, January 10th is National Houseplant Appreciation Day.  Why do we need a houseplant appreciation day?  Well, the Christmas tree has come down; we’ve swept up the last of the wrapping paper, and the poinsettia is sitting in a corner dropping leaves (because it really wants to be in front of that sunny window over there). …

January Gardening Thoughts and Tips

Brrrrrrrr!!!!  January sure has started out on a frigid note.  We are setting record low temperatures.  With these low temperatures, it makes a gardener want to stay inside and look out the window and dream.  And, yes, I am talking personally here as well. I think a big question on everyone’s mind is “what are…

A Few More New Year’s Resolutions

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions yesterday?  Every year, I make New Year’s resolutions for my garden.  So here is this year’s top 5… I resolve to be better about feeding my garden.  Okay, it’s not exactly rocket science to sprinkle a handful of Tomato-tone or Garden-tone around the base of my vegetables.  So…

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