Planting Christmas Bulbs
Do you think of houseplants when you think of Christmas décor? At first, it may seem easy to relegate them to background status, behind the traditional boughs, wreaths, and of course, the tree.
Christmas Trees: Fir? Balsam? Pine? What are the Differences?
Our Christmas trees arrived earlier this week, and the greenhouse is becoming its winter-y Christmas-y forest-y self. Whether you are a veteran live-tree customer, or this is your first time shopping for a “real” tree, here’s a quick summary of the different varieties you can choose from.
Custom Christmas Planters
When it comes to home decor, especially at Christmas time, sometimes I get an idea in my head of something I’d like, and search and search and search for it, never ever to find exactly what I’m looking for.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
For some members of our family decorating the Christmas tree opens up a whole argument dialogue about personal style.
What to Serve at a Christmas Party
For the past several years, we have hosted at least one Christmas gathering at our house, sometimes it’s a family gathering, sometimes friends, and often a work gathering as well.
Last fall was a busy one for us; we had a few family moves, and a few babies born (ours included), but fall clean-up was a priority, knowing that the spring with a new baby wouldn’t provide a lot of time for extra tasks.
All About Air Plants
After Gardening Saturday, an Air Plant (Tilandsia), made its way home, and landed on the kitchen counter, and there it stayed.
Twice in the last month I have had each of my sisters ask me about how to start a vegetable garden. One has a rather large-ish city lot, but more interest in eating local than the actual act of gardening. The other is helping a school create a large garden plot. As I was researching various aspects of their projects for them, I came across mysquarefootgarden.net, which had a great comparison of three different types of veggie gardens:
House Plants and Water
So many times when talking, about houseplants, I’m asked “how much water does it need?” or “how often do you need to water it?”
Planning for Butterflies
This spring, a large amount of our kids’ time has been spent trying to catch backyard wildlife to bring inside as “pets”.
Growing Places and Growing Spaces
As you wander and shop through the greenhouses in any season, you’ll have noticed doors that lead to mysterious areas labelled “staff only”.
What to Plant in Shady Planters
I love planning out our containers to plant each year; trying out new combinations of plants, and configurations makes the yard seem new and unique each year.
What to Plant in Sunny Planters
Last week, I outlined some basic ideas for containers in shady spots. The same principle of “thriller, spiller, and filler” applies for sunny containers too.
Bugs, insects and disease probably are not top-of-mind for you as you’re planning your spring garden. Luckily, right now in the greenhouse, we’ve got it covered! As the baby plants are growing we are proactively confronting the sinister, sap-sucking, soft-bodied aphid!
Bee Friendly Gardening
If you spend some time watching a flowering plant, eventually you will likely see a bee land and gather the nectar and pollen contained in the flowers.
Starting Seeds Indoors
Welcome to another great year of gardening! I’m super excited to share gardening tips and tricks, and learn new things along with all the staff and customers at Lacoste this year!