Making a (gardener’s) list and checking it twice (and not a Hoe Hoe Hoe on it)

By on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas |

Here’s my list of things (30 ideas) I believe a gardener would like to receive for Christmas (at least I wouldn’t complain if I got some of these this year) One thing I did not put on the list is Rain Gear but I probably should have after the wettest year on record in 2019! (hoping 2020 is a little more reasonable)  Art Poles Rynoskin socks and or clothing for protection against ticks and mosquitoes Hand Therapy lotions and sunscreens lotions Bee Houses and bird feeders Nesting cavities/houses/boxes for Bluebirds, Woodpeckers or Owls Wicking active wear (not just for runners) Novelty tools handy to have but don’t use often like Nut Gatherers or Root Irrigators Pressure Tank Sprayers Knee Armor/Kneeler seats Flowerland Show Coffee Mug Mad Mats and Entry Mats (indoor/outdoor rugs) Bluetooth Headsets or Outdoor speakers Outdoor lighting or Solar lighting We now pause for this...

The Gift That Keeps Giving

By on Nov 29, 2019 in Christmas |

Legend has it there are Schlumbergera, better known as Christmas or Holiday cactus that become family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation. The gift that keeps giving. I know this to be true and it creates pressure for those receiving the inheritance. You don’t want to be the one breaking the cycle of care for the beloved family species. In the wild, the species of Schlumbergera grow either on trees (epiphytic) or on rocks making them very different from what you would normally consider a cactus. The stems are composed of segments. The segments are strongly flattened cladodes which means a flattened leaf-like stem with “wings.” The modern genus Schlumbergera is credited to Charles Lemaire in the mid 1800’s. It is named after Frédéric Schlumberger, who had a collection of cacti at his chateau near Rouen France.  

Those were the days my friend

By on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas |

It’s November. A walk through the garden causes a longing for the way thing’s used to be. The leaves rustle under my feet. Frozen foliage hangs from what once were perennials in all their glory. I approach the Hydrangeas soon to be simply sticks in the snow as the foliage hangs limp from the stems. The once bright flowers now brown and brittle. My camera focuses on a lacecap Hydrangea that has seen better days. I sing the tune while focusing my camera. “Those were the days my friends, we thought they’d never end, we’d sing and dance forever and a day.” In a melancholy moment I scold myself not to be such a sentimental sap. It is the season of evergreens. The aroma of boughs linger in the air. What would we do without pinene and the mood enhancing goodness of conifer branches. The evergreens scoff at Jack Frost and the bitter cold to be the...

Creating Mythical Holiday Scandinavian Characters with Evergreen Boughs

By on Nov 5, 2019 in Christmas |

Follow along with this video where I use evergreen boughs, tomato towers and other components to create Tomte or Nisse characters to celebrate the holidays and winter solstice!

Be Holidazzled

By on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas |

Think Outside the Box….Natural Christmas Window Boxes

By on Oct 31, 2018 in Christmas, General |

For natural beautiful Christmas and Holiday Window Boxes that you can enjoy both outside and from inside the home….November to March….think outside the box! Watch my video and thank you very mulch. Merry Christmas!