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Wild Houseplants, Part I

When I was a kid my mother grew an enormous poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) in a dormer window in my bedroom. She had received it one Christmas as a small potted plant to decorate the dinner table. We always gathered as a very large extended “family” that included close friends of my parents and their children. My siblings and I are still friends with the children more »

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Poinsettias

Holiday Flowering Houseplants: Poinsettia It’s December and every time you go shopping – at department stores, grocery stores, big box stores, garden centers – you see poinsettias in full bloom. They make delightful holiday decorations because winter is their natural flowering time. The bright red “flowers” and bright green leaves say Christmas for many people. I put “flowers” in quotes because those big, showy, red more »

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People Are Talking

What people are saying about our book at about.com. Read the whole review. The Bottom Line What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) is a book that every gardener, whether you’re a newbie or an old pro, should have on the shelf. It’s like having a Master Gardener at your beck and call, twenty four hours a day, seven days a more »

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Orchid Obsession

Orchid Obsession David has turned his attention to the tropical plants that live in our houses, in particular one of his true loves – orchids. My first day in Hawaii, many years ago, was filled with orchids. I had stopped to visit David on my way from Australia where I had been leading an eco-tour of the Great Barrier Reef. He lived in a tiny more »

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More Great Reviews

Every day we get more fantastic reviews of our book and so many people are finding that our book is the perfect Christmas gift for all their gardening friends. Here’s a link to a review on In the Garden Online so you can check out what people are saying about our book. And another appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal. And here’s a third at more »

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Tropical Plants: Orchids

Today, the last of November, beginning of December, snow is flying in many parts of the USA. Many die-hard gardeners in colder areas turn to houseplants to satisfy that perennial itch to commune with the green world. These days it seems you find lots of houseplants for sale wherever you go. Many grocery stores, even big box stores, now boast a tantalizing display of gorgeous more »

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End of the Season

At this time of year David and I put the garden to bed. He writes about keeping it healthy for next season, and concentrates on sanitizing – cleaning out unhealthy plant tissue where disease may lurk until spring. For me the garden season is over. In our cold climate, I find myself more and more reluctant to go outdoors, much less garden. It’s time to more »

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End of Season, Sanitizing

It’s late November and garden ghosts from last summer’s bounty may still linger in standing dead stalks of flowers long gone. Unfortunately, some of this left-over plant material may be infected with fungal or bacterial diseases. Roses may keep their foliage until well into winter, even if it’s infected with black spot or powdery mildew. Pear leaves infested with blister mites will come back to more »

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An Interview With Ciscoe

On Saturday morning, Nov. 21, Ciscoe Morris invited us into the radio studio for a live interview on his show. It was great! Ciscoe is such a knowledgable and consummate professional that he made the whole interview a lot of fun. Here’s a link to Ciscoe’s podcast of our interview. Check it out, you’ll enjoy it a great deal.

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First Radio Interview

Our first radio interview was posted today at Ken Druse/Real Dirt Click on the link to go to Ken’s Podcast of the show.  He has also posted pages from inside our book on his website and has written a great review. Thank you Ken!

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