From the category archives:

Flowers & Trees

My Stroll in the Sycamores

March 15, 2011

The Yew is the National Tree of France but I think it should be the Sycamore, Platanus racemosa. The entrance to almost every small town in France is announced to drivers by a long tunnel of overhanging sycamore trees. In the town where I live, we have the usual allee at the entrance but also [...]

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Poison plants that can kill your dog (or cat) or can at least make them very sick.

November 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again when many gardeners are planting bulbs and tubers in anticipation of their beautiful spring blossoms. That is, at least those proactive gardeners are doing this. I tend to forget to plant my new bulbs until I see the interesting flowers in spring and then kick myself for neglecting to [...]

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Problems with Orchids?

October 26, 2010

They’re really NOT THAT DIFFICULT ( If you are only looking for Orchid plants or supplies click HERE ) When I’m at my home in South Florida one of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to stroll through the farmers market.  Besides all the delicious foods and collections of crafts, there are [...]

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It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Time in Washington D.C.

March 28, 2010

It’s Cherry Blossom time again so I thought I’d bump this older post up. Hope you enjoy   Spring in Washington D.C. means it’s Cherry blossom time in fact March 26th through April 10th are the dates of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1912 the Mayor of Tokyo donated 3,000 Cherry trees to [...]

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Natural Aphrodisiacs

February 15, 2010

Homegrown Aphrodisiacs As requested by BJSUPERMIX, who posted a comment on my blog, I decided to look into and report back on some naturally occurring aphrodisiacs. Since this is a blog about gardening (usually) I focused my research on plant-based compounds and stayed away from the rhinoceros horns and the Zimbabwe Dung Beetle stuff. Initially [...]

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How to Trim Roses

February 8, 2010

My Tips for Trimming Roses Excerpt from my eBook HOW TO PRUNE ROSES  available at Rainforth Home and Garden HERE It’s that time of year again in the rose world when gardeners are cleaning their tools off, sharpening their shears, and waiting for a break in the weather so they can get out and begin [...]

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Smelly Trees and Stinky Plants

October 10, 2009

It’s well known that beautiful fragrances can be derived from plants and their flowers. Roses, lilacs jasmine are a few beautiful scents that come to mind. As with most things, there is also an opposite, and this time of year the opposites of the beautiful fragrances become evident.  Summer and fall seem to be a [...]

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I found my camera battery charger!

June 6, 2008

I love looking at all the photos of peoples gardens on the gardening blogs and wanted to share a few of mine. I’ve been without a functioning camera for a while now but recently found my charger and spent a few minutes shooting some photos of flowers in my yard. I hope you enjoy them. [...]

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Time for a Quiz! Gardeners test your knowledge.

May 30, 2008

Ok all you gardeners out there time for a quiz. Make your best guess as to what this is a photo of. These copper leaves came out as one whirl, at the tip of the leader, and doubled in size each day. They went from nothing to 14 inches long in one week. Here is [...]

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Here are some ideas for plants in hot locations.

April 27, 2008

Some Like it HOT!!!! If April showers bring May flowers what do the May showers bring? Summer flowers of course. April May and June are the most well known months for prolific blooms but if you select the right plants the summer heat  can bring lots of color too. Here are few summer bloomers that [...]

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