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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spray Painting, Protecting & Revitalizing A Vintage Patio Set

There's just something about eating outdoors that I love. I'm especially tickled to have a patio right off my kitchen in my new home in the Sonoran Desert. The wrought iron lattice dining set which I brought with me from Santa Barbara was long overdue for a face lift. Time to grab the paints, sanding block and rags and spring into action. This is all about painting,... Read more

How To Prune and Feed Mint Plants

Oh mint, what a wonderful herb you are. Not only is your smell and taste extremely appealing and a delight for the senses, but you look great in the garden too. I live in a temperate climate so by the end of January my Mojito Mint was looking like it needed and wanted a good cut back.

How To Grow Pink Jasmine Vine

People love Pink Jasmine, aka Jasminum polyanthum, because of its strong, sweet scent and abundance of  blooms. I bet you've already seen it flowering like crazy around your town and are wondering how to grow Pink Jasmine Vine so that you too can also enjoy that delightful aroma. After all, who doesn't want a plant that gets madly covered in scented blooms?And that is what makes this jasmine a crowd pleaser - that abundance of starry white blooms in... Read more

Hybrid Tea Rose: Annual Winter or Spring Pruning

Roses are the world's favorite flower. They can be seen in vases and in the gardens everywhere. In order to ensure optimum health and flowering, different types of roses need to be pruned in different ways. Today I'm sharing how to do the annual winter or spring pruning of a hybrid tea rose.Hybrid tea roses have long stems and large flowers, both of which makes... Read more

Decorative Tabletop Planters For Houseplants

Written By: Lucy Ferreira

For the past few months, I've been adding more greenery to my indoors space: Pothos, Fiddle Leaf Fig, String Of Pearls and Dracaena marginata are some of my new roommates.  I love them all but have also ended up with the most random collection of ugly grow pots. With spring being so close I decided to create this round up of decorative tabletop... Read more

Repotting My Large Hoya Topiary

Oh my goodness, how I do love Hoyas! They're such an easy and attractive houseplant to grow and when they flower, even more sweet. I had trained this plant on bamboo hoops 2 years ago and it has since grown like crazy. Time to spring into action and get to repotting my large Hoya topiary.This Hoya carnosa variegata, which I bought in a 4" pot years... Read more

How to Grow Your Own Organic Food Indoors

Written By: Shary Saunders
There are a lot of reasons you may want to grow your food indoors. Sometimes it is the winter, or you are a city dweller and wish to keep your family supplied with fresh vegetables all year round. Either way, success in indoor gardening comes down to how properly prepared you are to take care of it. Here are a few tips to guide you along the way on how to grow your own organic food indoors:

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Vriesea Plant Care Tips: The Bromeliad With The Flaming Sword Flower

If you want an easy care bromeliad with jazzy animal print foliage and a tall vibrant flower, then look no further. I'm talking about Vriesea splendens, or Flaming Sword, which is the Vriesea most commonly sold in the houseplant trade. The impressive foliage on this one is really the main draw, in my opinion anyway. I'm sharing these Vriesea plant care tips so you can keep yours looking as good as can be.This Vriesea has a tall, narrow orange flower head... Read more

Neoregelia Plant Care Tips: The Bromeliad With The Striking Foliage

Neoregelias, of which there are many species and varieties, are my favorite bromeliads. Why you ask? I love them for their striking foliage which comes in quite the array of colors and patterns. I grew them outdoors in my Santa Barbara garden and seeing these vibrant and interesting plants made me smile every time. This is all about... Read more