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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Is Mistletoe Poisonous to Dogs and Cats?

December 24, 2010

If your dog or cat ate mistletoe you might want to read this. You may have heard that the common mistletoe plant is poisonous and this past week we had an incident at our home that prompted some further research on just how poisonous mistletoe is. Here is what happened. At the Saturday market I [...]

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What is the best mower to buy?

December 14, 2010

Excerpt from my ebook Growing Great Lawns I’m asked from time to time what is the best kind of lawn mower to buy, so with Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would put my suggestions in writing. A new lawnmower under the tree could make someone very happy, and you will get the [...]

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My Visit To Moulin Castelas in South France

December 6, 2010

I had a chance to return to The Castelas Olive Growing Estate in southern France today to watch the annual olive oil pressing; and what an event it turned out to be. It had rained the night before, so I half expected to see the harvest halted temporarily; but when I arrived in the unforgettable [...]

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Christmas Gift ideas for Gardeners

November 25, 2010

DO YOU NEED SOME CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR GARDENERS?    MAYBE I CAN HELP. It’s the time of year when friends and family are starting to ask me what gift I would like for Christmas. You’re probably hearing that question too and asking it of others as well. I can always find something I want for [...]

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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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Dead Grass? Here is how to fix it.

November 4, 2010

Need Help Repairing Your Grass? Here is an excerpt from my eBook GROWING GREAT LAWNS One of the most popular posts here is one I wrote called, “Is dog pee killing your grass? Here are some solutions.” That’s a pretty common question for people with dogs but there are lots of reasons why you may [...]

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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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2010 GIANT pumpkin winner!!!!

October 24, 2010

Hear’s to one GIANT pumpkin!!! Congratulations to Ron Root, winner of the 2010 Half Moon Bay pumpkin growing competition with a 1,535 lb monster. Way to go Ron. If you are ever in the California central coast town of Half Moon Bay in October you will see this sleepy beach town transformed into Punkinville USA [...]

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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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