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

By Bonnie Pega
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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

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

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

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…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – ‘Tis the Pruning Season

STROLL OUTDOORS TO FIND MATERIALS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS Thanksgiving is here so now is the time to concentrate on decorating your home for the upcoming Christmas season.  Finding the right materials to decorate for the holidays is as easy as taking a stroll through your gardens.  Personally, I find it so rewarding to use…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Poinsettias

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

We are surrounded by beautiful poinsettias right now so here are some interesting tidbits about them: Poinsettia, botanically Euphorbia Pulcherrima, is named for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S minister to Mexico.  He was an avid amateur botanist who, in the 1820’s, sent home to South Carolina cuttings of a beautiful plant he’d seen…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Buying a Christmas Tree to Plant

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING A living Christmas tree not only provides holiday cheer but can provide a valued landscape plant with proper care.  Using a living tree is a “growing” – pardon the pun – trend amongst homeowners these past few years.  I realize the idea of using a living tree for Christmas…

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