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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Let’s Tiptoe Through the Tulips

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Everybody associates tulips with the Netherlands, but they aren’t native there. They’re actually native to the mountains of Turkey and Russia! Tulips were imported to the Netherlands from the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. With Europe coming out of the Dark Ages, people were looking for the new, beautiful, and unusual. Tulips really fit…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Organic Lawn Care Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SO MANY HOMEOWNERS WANT TO STOP USING SO MANY CHEMICALS AROUND THE HOUSE Are you thinking of becoming more environmentally friendly when it comes to lawn care this fall? Good thinking! The time has come for all of us to think about what we are doing to our environment when it comes to the use…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Is Here! What Your Houseplants Need Now

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Tomorrow, September 22, is the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. On this day, day and night are of equal length. From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, the hours of dark will be longer than hours of daylight.  Right now, our day length…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – It’s September So Time to Get Serious with Lawn Care

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HEALTHY SOIL IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR LAWN With the hottest months of the year now behind us, there is no better time to work to renovate and reseed your lawn than right now. We had lots of rain in August that has put a lot of moisture in our soil. In my opinion, the first…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Let’s Talk Daffodils

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Daffodils, Jonquils, in England “Lent Lilies”—whatever you call them, they’re still the quintessential flower of spring for many people. Daffodils are members of the Amaryllidaceae—the amaryllis family! Relatives include: Agapanthus (Lily-of-the-Nile) Hymenocallis (Peruvian daffodils) Sternbergia (Lily-of-the-Field) Alliums (onion family, including onions, garlic, chives, and ornamental onions) Lycoris (Naked Ladies, Spider Lilies, Surprise Lilies) and, Asparagus!…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – This Virus May Be Strong, But Gardening Is Stronger

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS September is the starting month for the FALL IS FOR PLANTING campaign. This is especially true this year because of all the rain that we received in August. The record rainfall has put lots of moisture in our soil and this makes planting now the better than ever. Here are four…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall is Coming

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Yesterday was Labor Day. Do you know how Labor Day came to be? The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. A proposal by the Central Labor Union suggested that a parade take place to show “the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” This was to…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – September Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SEPTEMBER OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF THE “FALL IS FOR PLANTING” SEASON I think we can safely refer to August as the PETRICHOR MONTH. Petrichor is defined as the unique, earthy smell associated with rain. We had a record rainfall amount in August. But, on the positive side, our plants have been well watered by Mother Nature….

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

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

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…

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