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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…

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…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – A Positive Spin On All This Rainfall

We all know that water is a precious natural resource and an essential component of our lives and landscapes. Without it, nothing on Earth would survive. Did you know that less than 1% of all the water in the world is available as fresh, clean water? With all the rain that we have had this year,…

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