Right on time, the first frost/freeze of the season is due this weekend, here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic, specifically Friday night. With the turning of the seasons comes a list of things to do to put your garden to bed for the winter season so it can rest: Without delay, bring your tender houseplants and tropicals inside. Check for insects and spray accordingly, if you believe in spraying. [...]
I think all of us here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic were hoping for some good, soaking rains from Tropical Storm Hermine this past week; alas, it is drier than ever. We must be very diligent about watering (soaking) our gardens as we prepare our plants to go dormant before they head into winter. I am beginning to see plants drying out in some of the gardens I am [...]
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Here is a link to my Holiday 2015 Newsletter, full of garden tips and information on our travels this year. Enjoy!
Take photos of your favorite plant combinations, before the frost, so you can repeat them next year. Here, we have variegated spider plants, purple heart, and sprengeri asparagus fern, all tender to frosts and freezes. Right on time, the first freeze of the season is due in the D.C. area tonight. Not all areas will see a freeze (or even a frost), but it's time to prepare, just the [...]
Right on time, the first frost/freeze of the season is due this weekend, here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic. Most of you have brought in the houseplants; if not, it’s time to wrap it up. Bring in those tender things: any tropical plants (such as your Summering houseplants), or any tender plants you might want to save that would be susceptible to the effects of a frost/freeze. I just finished [...]
My annual Holiday Newsletter is up on my website--here's a link, Here at Woodland Cottage, the last of the leaves are just about to fall after a gorgeous, colorful Autumn. The Japanese Maples were exquisite, and they still have a few red leaves. I've really enjoyed them. They took my breath away every time I looked out the back windows! I've started decorating the inside of the [...]
After the Summer's heat, it's time to get back out in the garden and put it to bed for the Winter. Here's a link to your chores!
No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of Fall are everywhere. Birds migrating, animal behavior changing, day length shortening and light intensity weakening. The temperatures are cooling, of course, and I read that there's even been a dusting of snow already in the far North. Today, we turn from days dominated by light to days dominated by darkness until next Spring. Today is [...]
I have an article due later this week on the subject of peanuts. I'm looking forward to writing it, yet I haven't gotten the urge or the inspiration to get started. The deadline will get me moving, I know, because I have a deep-seated need to fulfill my obligations to the best of my ability. I still see my mother staring at me, arms crossed, with tapping [...]
Yep, my eyes. Can you see the Sweet Music? A magnificent Fall this year. Photos by the author. If you copy, please link back.