I am so excited with the Christmas season approaching. Last year I decided I would plant a living Christmas tree.I bought a small potted live Allepo pine tree, decorated it, and after Christmas, planted it in my yard. I placed it close to the one corner of the yard that is visible from all directions. If you live in warm dry locations, the Aleppo pine may work well if you have a large garden space. This Mediterranean native is an evergreen conifer that has adapted to growing in these conditions. You would not believe how fast this tree has grown to be about 6′ tall. From the moment I put it in the ground, you could see the new growth almost immediately...Read More
I have always loved trees, all shapes and sizes. One of my favorite things about traveling to different parts of the country is the landscape; it is always different, especially the trees. So, I try to add the trees I love to my yard. I am so happy to have such a large yard to be able to add a few trees here and there. Look and read about the most wonderful tree I have discovered with surprising news that it will successfully grow in my zone 8 with almost no care. In fact, it prefers to be left alone; basically likes to be neglected.
Have you heard of smoketrees? Oh my goodness, they are fantastic. One of my burning desires is to have a bright, standout arrangement in one front corner of my side yard...Read More
You should see my lantana – it is spectacular! I have planted clumps of it here and there in my yard, picking a different color for each area. We had a very hot summer and I did not see much out of any of my lantana during the heat, but once we got some rain and cooler weather, they have exploded. The bright orange/red ones in the front are about 4′ x 4′ now, and the hummingbirds and butterflies are always around this beautiful clump. Around a smaller cedar tree, I have planted a bright yellow circle, and I have a big clump of the pink and yellow combo by one side of the driveway. Around a pecan and a large cedar tree, I have planted purple lantana. All of these colors throughout my entire yard have exploded in vibrant colors, like blooming in the spring.
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You’ve planted and nurtured your plants, even beat powdery mildew, and now it is time for payback. Your garden is rich with winter squash, so let’s talk about what to do next. You’re probably surprised at the quantity you need to eat and preserve.
You’ll eat some immediately, of course, but what to do with the rest of it? Winter squash is excellent for keeping, from the petite Table Ace acorn to the medium-sized Waltham Butternuts and the huge and warty Blue Hubbards. Stored properly, they will keep throughout fall and winter. Use the suggestions to ensure tasty squash for months to come.
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I truly love all kinds of gardening, but roses are my favorite plant to grow. Since I became aware of how many roses there are to choose from in the disease resistant rose category, I am in heaven. It is fun for me to try different types, colors, sizes in different parts of the yard. I will continue to add roses to my yard; it is quite large and can handle garden nooks everywhere, shady areas and sunny areas. Another different style I started using a few years ago is mixing my vegetable garden and roses together. I plant the roses so that most of the vegetables are hidden. In my last garden, the entry was two built up mounds with roses on the left. and herbs on the right...Read More