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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Holiday Greenery

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

WE ARE OFFICIALLY ENTERING THE HOLIDAY SEASON December is fast approaching. We only have 28 days until Christmas. So, the time to start decorating our home for the holidays is now! We just received all of our cut Christmas trees this past week. Nearly 2,500 in total. And, we have some beautiful 10’ to 12’…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Brighten Your Home With Holiday Cactus

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

One of the plants you’ll see almost everywhere this time of year is Christmas/Thanksgiving/Holiday cactus. So here is what you need to know about these beautiful seasonal bloomers. Some Interesting Facts Holiday cacti are a small genus of plants called Schlumbergera. They are native to a small area in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Evergreen Perennials

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

EVERGREEN PERENNIALS GIVE YOU YEAR-ROUND INTEREST Just when you thought you understood what an annual is, what a perennial is, and what a shrub is – here I come along to add another dimension to your plant thinking. But, in my defense, there is an increased gardening interest with using hardy perennials that are evergreen….

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

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

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

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

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

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

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…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Christmas Tree Fun Facts and Folklore

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

IT’S OFFICIAL…CHRISTMAS SEASON IS HERE.  LET’S KEEP IT REAL!! Thanksgiving has passed and December is fast approaching.  We are officially entering the holiday season.  Buying a Christmas tree is on everyone’s mind.  It is fun to learn some background facts when it comes to our fresh trees and greenery that we use for holiday decorating….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Paperwhites

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I love paperwhites. They are easy to bloom—and fast! What’s more, they are inexpensive and beautiful. Narcissus papyraceus—paperwhites—are native to the western Mediterranean from Greece to Portugal to Morocco. They are a variety of daffodil. Even though they are a daffodil, they are not winter hardy here in Virginia. They will bloom easily in a…

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