As gardeners, we love our pets – a lot. If you visit any of the forums at Dave’s Garden, someone, somewhere will tell tales of their pets. Sometimes the stories are fun, other times they are not. Here is my story.
My love for the garden and all the natural beauty contained within is not a secret. I speak of tending to my garden to all who will listen. There always seems to be some sort of plan for my garden. Today, I realize it is actually my garden that has plans for ME.
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? This is what is on most of the country’s mind today for if legend has it, if this particular groundhog sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it will be an early spring!
It has been said that the sense of smell is the quickest way to recall most memories in life. Think of all the wonderful scents that have the powerful ability to evoke the best and even worst times of your life: rain, cut grass, fire, wet leaves. Now think of all the aromas of Christmas. There are so many. I shall share with you some of my favorites beginning with vanilla.
As a child, I was given a small red poppy on the Sunday before Memorial Day during Sunday school. I wore that little plastic poppy all day Monday proudly. My grandfather explained to me the significance of the poppy and why there was such a thing as memorial day. I recall seeing veterans marching in a parade and each had a red poppy just like mine attached to their lapel.
In part one of this series I discussed the overwhelming desire to choose plants not necessarily suited for the climate in which we live. When the growing season begins, there is a large selection of the most beautiful plants cultivated and raised in the idyllic conditions of a greenhouse. The garden centers and nurseries are counting on you giving in to temptation and taking something home -- whether it will last or not.
I chose the beautiful plumeria as the thumbnail image for this article because here in the low desert of Arizona, there is a huge temptation to grow this beauty. All it takes is one particularly cold winter and we realize why so many have said YOU CAN'T GROW THAT HERE!
I live in Tucson, Arizona and the best part of the year is upon us. I tune into the news to listen to local meteorologist Chuck George tell us about the weather. It is getting cooler at night and we most likely won't see triple digits again until June. It's time to go outside!
I must share something with you, my fellow Dave’s Garden friends: I am a sentimental gardener. If you have read any of my previous articles, you already know this about me. I feel I must explain just how sentimental I truly am.
One of my favorite musical artists is John Denver. Many of his songs reflect how beautiful and awe-inspiring nature is. One of his most familiar songs Country Roads sings of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I tell you now if you have not seen them, you must add that of your list of things to do in life.
I watched a CNN special one evening a while back and they were asking children questions about various things. Where does food come from? The store was the reply. Where does the store get the food? They make it there. I found that to be beyond sad and actually very disheartening.
I had a dream of creating something so grand, beautiful and full of life. The dream was broken down into plans and the plans went into action. Through the planning, digging and creating, it is only now that I can enjoy it properly as I begin to tear it down.
In a small Italian town, along the outskirts of Florence, a recent discovery has been made. An ancient species of tomato has been unearthed and promises to offer something spectacular for your kitchen garden.
A child’s imagination knows no bounds. They seem to have a wondrous, enviable ability to see things in a way lost to most adults. When Christmas was over, Emma asked her dad if she could leave the tree up all year. No was the answer but she failed to give up on her tree.
I love this garden but there are just too many things in my way. This is what I told myself when I moved into my first home with a garden. I have told you part of my adventure but there is indeed more to the story.
As a gardener you have most likely been told time and time again, the key to good planting is good soil. There's no getting around that really. Most plants require a healthy, nutrient-rich soil. While there are many ways to achieve this, I will share with you a fun, inexpensive way to improve your soil.
Monday, September 21, was Peace Day. How did I find that out? I went to YouTube looking for something completely unrelated and the Peace One Day video was featured. I thought about what gardeners could do to increase the awareness of this wonderful day.
As gardeners, we love to visit botanical gardens when travelling. If in London, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace are at the top of the list for must see gardens. In Tucson, we have Tohono Chul Park.
As gardeners, we most likely have a plethora of other hobbies we attend to. For me, I enjoy keeping an aquarium. Not only can I tend to a water garden but I can also enhance my outdoor garden as well with aquarium by-products.
Dave’s Garden is more than a site with a comprehensive plant database, although at first that is exactly what I thought. When exploring the site a bit further, I had yet to uncover the best part of the website: the multitude of forums! Whether it be regional or specifically plant oriented, the forums have something for everyone. This aspect is what sets Dave’s Garden apart from the rest.