David Gaines

David Gaines

David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

Ever Red and brick grill
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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New Plants By The Old Brick Grill: Ever Red Fringe Flower and Concorde Barberry

There’s an old brick grill in the back corner of the backyard.  It hasn’t been used in years and won’t ever be used again.  Actually, the plan is to get it knocked down, one day when More...

Coral Bells
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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More Coral Bells, Finally

When I first started building the, well, I’m not sure what to call it.  It’s a retainer wall, or a raised planting area; whatever you call some years ago.  It’s a small, delicate-looking More...

Making cotton candy
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Making Homemade Cotton Candy

Nduku ordered Najwa a Cotton Candy Maker, and I just had a hard time believing all you needed was sugar.  Najwa and grabbed a recipe off the internet, went to the store to get the granulated sugar, as More...

Math Festival DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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A Festival Where Math is the Highlight and Source of Entertainment

It’s interesting how you can take any subject and make it a festival.  When you think of festivals, you think of fun and games, clowns, music and food.  The festival we went to this weekend, though, More...

African Marigold
By David Gaines On Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Marigolds Finally Planted in the Planter Boxes

A few years ago I read that mosquitoes don’t like Marigolds.  So, naturally when one doesn’t like mosquitoes, I built a force field of Marigolds on the back deck.  This year I was about to More...

Cherokee Princess Dogwood
By David Gaines On Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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Dogwood Tree Starting Its Bloom

The Cherokee Princess Dogwood tree is starting to show its colors.  More...

Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 1st, 2017
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New Plants: Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail, Snapdragon, Silene Rolly’s Favorite, Zonal Geraniums

With the winter freeze in the past and new stock on the shelves in the stores, it’s time to get my hands dirty again.   I’ve added some new plants around the house, mostly potted plants, and More...

Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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Two New Plants: Daisy Gardenia and Hilda Honeycutt Camellia

On the north side of the front porch, I built a small planter area last year, but left it plantless.  This year, I finally got around to figuring out what to plant there.  The challenge is finding plants More...

National Postal Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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Najwa Earns Her Detective Badge at Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt

Nduku on several occasions said she wanted to sign Najwa up for the girl scouts.  Coincidentally, at the National Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Family Day, they were having a events More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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Weathering the Mid-March Ice Storm

Just a week away from the official start of spring, and we experience an ice storm.  Go figure. Girards Saybrook Glory Azaleas Rhododendron Doublefile More...

Washington Gas
By David Gaines On Monday, March 13th, 2017
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What’s a Couple of Nights Sleeping in the Cold?

Several years ago when Najwa first started attending DC Prep, at the end of each day the students did an end of day reflection.  It was a moment for each to share with their classmates what they learned, More...

Panama Orange Tree - Calamondin
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 12th, 2017
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Using Ice Cubes to Water the Panama Orange (Calamondin) Tree

Last March I ordered a different kind of plant than the typical flowering bush.  Though we get some brutally cold winter temperatures, I ordered a tropical plant — Panama Orange Tree (Calamondin). For More...

Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 12th, 2017
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Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine Making a Comeback

When I first got the Serotina Belgica Honeysuckle Vine last April, it came as a twig, maybe 12 inches long with only a few leaves.  But I prefer to pay the $20 than a quarter of that for a pack of seeds More...

Najwa at the Heurich House Museum aka Brewmaster's Castle in Dupont Circle
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 11th, 2017
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Photo Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle’s Brewmaster’s Castle

It was a cold day today, but Najwa and I didn’t feel like sitting around the house.  So, we set off in search of something to do.  We almost changed our minds, though, when we got the Metro with More...

Ann Magnolia Tulip Tree
By David Gaines On Friday, March 10th, 2017
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Winter Is Coming

When one thinks of March weather, one thinks of the spring.  And for the past week, it wasn’t so bad.  But the temperature has dropped significantly, enough so that there was snow today.  And it More...