Saturday December 7, 2013
The Christmas Rose is actually a buttercup. Helleborus niger, known as the Christmas Rose, also has the frustrating tendency of not blooming until Easter - making it all the more confusing to tell it apart from the Lenten Rose, Helleborus orientalis.
Most of the Hellebores on the market now are hybrids. Whatever type you choose to grow, they all share an undemanding ease of growing and a deceptively delicate beauty. They can be a little pricy to buy, but once they're established, they set these plump seed pods and spread themselves about. They can also be easily be divided and make a nice carpet for a shady spot. They're even deer resistant. Try growing a few different hellebores in your garden and see which does best. Then please let me know.
Friday December 6, 2013
Remember when we played on metal slides that sat in the hot sun all day and ended in a slab of concrete? Today's kids will never know that thrill. Rod Brouhard, About.com's Guide to First Aid, can help protect your kids (and your pets) from a few less thrilling threats around the holidays - namely poisonous holiday plants. Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia is relatively safe to have on display. In fact, as Rod's list of poisonous holiday plants points out, most of the plants and shrubs we use for decoration will cause only minor stomach irritation or rashes - unless you make a holiday feast of them. Still, it's better to be forewarned; those holly berries can be pretty tempting.
Rod has more on the hazards of Christmas in The Grinch's Christmas Decorating Tips
Photo: hotblack (morgueFile)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Here are the finalists from our Fall Color Photo Challenge. What a beautiful season. This will be a hard one to decide. Take a good look at each submission in the photo gallery, then come back here and place your vote. You can only vote once, so be certain before you click.
The poll will remain open through December 15th and we'll announce the winners on Monday, the 16th. Enjoy!
Monday December 2, 2013
Most gardeners who grow herbs do so because they love to cook. This holiday season, why not share a few of your seasoning secrets with your friends. You can mix up some special blends, package them in a nice container and add a recipe card or two. Here are 3 of the popular herb blends to try and some ideas for mixing herbal teas. You probably grow all these herbs in your garden. Mix up a batch and share it.