Marigolds Finally Planted in the Planter Boxes

African Marigold

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 change it up, though, and go for perennials, something that didn’t need to be planted each year.  But then the lady reminded me of why More...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Persian Lilac
By David Gaines On Monday, March 6th, 2017
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Persian Lilac Making a Comeback

It was nearly a year ago that I planted the Persian Lilac on the side of the house in the potter that every plant before it had died in.  At one point I pruned it pretty extensively, and it seemed to recover More...

ligustrum japonicum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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Review/Preview of Plant Life Around the Abode

Just when the weather was acting like it was time to put away our winter clothes, today was a reminder that it’s still winter.  And with the drop in temperature, with a howling wind to go with it, More...