How to Care for Bird of Paradise Plants – Many Varieties

Bird of Paradise plants add a lovely island feel to any garden. They can be grown as a specimen plant both inside and out. If you grow the plant outside, you will have continuous blossoms throughout the heat of the summer. However, if you choose to grow the Bird of Paradise as an indoor plant, […]


Plants That Transport You To The Tropics

I am now listening to the “Laid Back Beach Music” station on Pandora featuring Bob Marley, and it’s immediately transporting me back to the tropics. The January before lockdown, my husband and I were fortunate enough to fit in a vacation to Antigua. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful surroundings full of lush palm trees […]

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Garden Checklist for Early Summer – Keep it Beautiful

If you were like me, you probably started to think about your flower garden in early spring or even late winter! After careful consideration as to location, soil needs, and water distribution, you selected a perfect spot to create your own oasis. Your garden looks beautiful! At least for now. Read on to learn how […]

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How to Grow Hibiscus Plants – A Tropical Flower

Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a tropical island filled with exotic flowers, wonderful aromas, and lush greenery. You can create a similar tropical oasis in your own backyard by planting the many varieties of Hibiscus plants. These huge, bell-shaped blossoms bloom in the heat of the summer through fall and add beautiful color […]

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How to Control Spotted Lanternfly – Natural Remedies

So, last year I was vigilantly tracking, capturing, and killing spotted lanternflies. I was quite proud of myself because none of my plants, shrubs, or trees were overtaken by them. But, alas, all good things come to an end. I just spied them the other day in their nymph stage attached to the stems of […]

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Natural Insect Repellent Plants for Your Garden

Bugs! Not many people enjoy sharing their space with insects. Insects have a habit of presenting themselves at the most inopportune times, while resting in your garden after a long day’s work, sharing a meal outside under the stars, or just having an intimate conversation with someone special under the shade of a pergola. Some […]


What is a Cottage Garden? A Popular Trend

Whenever I hear the term cottage garden, I conjure up images of hidden oases of beautiful flowing flowers nestled behind old thatched roofed houses in the Cotswolds of England. Some may call them English gardens, but there is a slight distinction. So, what is a cottage garden? It was one of the 2021 garden trends […]


Flowers That Tolerate Heat and Drought – Easy Maintenance

Summer is a time to be carefree. A time to stay out late, take an impromptu weekend vacation, and/or travel abroad! So who wants to worry about caring for flowers in the garden? In lieu of assembling a water irrigation kit or recruiting a friend to water your plants while you’re gone, what else is […]

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Easiest Way to Compost – Help Save the Planet

Everywhere you turn there are doom and gloom news flashes about the impending breakdown of our environment. As I see it, you have two choices. You can either throw your hands up and say, “how can little me possibly save the planet?”, or you can take the bull by the horns and do what you […]


Flower Bulbs – Spring Planting – Guide for Beginners

Flowering Bulbs to Plant in the Spring – A Guide For Beginners The Great Awakening! That’s what spring is to me. Gone are the cold days of February, and dreary, rainy, even snowy days of March. April and May are two of the loveliest months of the year. The world awakens with an array of […]

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