"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." This slogan was popular during the Great Depression and on through the 1930s and 1940s in America when ordinary folks generally understood frugal living. Although not so familiar anymore, its meaning is still relevant today, even in gardening.
I have an iris plan. First let me say that each spring, I SO look forward to the majestic, spear-shaped bearded irises awakening in my yard. Then, when I notice their stalks reaching upward with pointy, rolled-up blooms, I get real excited. The flower of an iris is a reason for living. It's a reason to continue gardening, year after year, decade upon decade.
Maybe it's not a traditional memorial garden, but everything planted in my yard represents a person remembered at a moment in time that I always want to hold on to and cherish. My plants serve to honor a few people in my life who influenced me as a young gardener.
My husband and I have had strawberries in our garden for twenty years. It’s with a great feeling of satisfaction each spring that we can simply walk out our back door with a plastic bucket to freely pick that which our friends must purchase. How do we do it? We keep it simple. Find out how you can do it, too.
The elegance of an attractive houseplant combined with easy care is what we all want. The following popular specimens are handsome foliage plants that are also low-maintenance and rewarding for anyone to grow.
Gardeners are caretakers, so a gardener's nurturing skills are often needed to fix something that's not quite right. At those times, we are rescue workers. Here is the story of my recent rescues across the seasons.
Fall has arrived. Where did summer go? An overused cliché, perhaps. But it states how I am thinking and feeling. At the height of summer, time stood still. Steady temperatures, no surprises, almost boringly predictable! But change has come. And now it is time to turn the page.
Box gardening is growing in popularity these days, so I thought I would try it this season. After reading up on it, my husband and I took the plunge. But we still longed for our good old “grunge garden” out back. So we ended up with two kinds of gardens this year. Here is our end-of-the-season report.
Summer is here, and with it comes the joys of stepping outdoors at any moment of the day with digital camera in hand (of course)! The treasures to be found in summer are abundant; in fact, they practically land at one’s feet. Even so, it’s fun to go on a hunt to find something unique out in the yard to capture in time during this glorious season.
It’s always a treat to see healthy potted plants in beautiful, fancy containers on display. But for those lean times when you do not have a gorgeous pot or even a pot at all, you can still have attractive indoor plants.
Adults often long for the plants of their childhood. Perhaps it is a special type of flower that Grandma grew, or a vegetable patch just like Daddy had that replays itself in our minds. Sooner or later, we set out to possess those plants of long ago because of the nostalgia.
In looking back at our first steps as gardeners, there comes to mind a number of significant moments when our understanding suddenly increases—Eureka moments. Whether brought on by the influence of a skillful gardener or through trial and error, we began to master new ideas.
The spindly, potted Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) plant caught my attention in January as I revisited my former workplace. I wonder if I can rejuvenate it, I thought. The story of this step-by-step rescue case has a happy ending.
It is only in spring that I can sit on the hill and marvel in the tiny wild delights that surround me. The lawn mower lies asleep in the shed, motionless while awaiting its directive to alter my world of springtime ambiance in all its undisturbed charm.
When spring arrives, annual flower beds soon follow. At this time, flower bed projects take on an either/or choice: You can either start your seeds indoors or wait a week or so and then direct-sow your seeds into a prepared bed outdoors. Or you can do both! It’s equally satisfying to me to try it both ways in the spring.