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 Viburnum Ligustrum More...

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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...

By David Gaines On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Najwa Helping Rake Leaves But For Reasons Different Than Mine [0:31]

When we first moved into the house, yard work wasn’t one of the things we were used to doing.  I raked leaves, a lot, but for whatever reason, when the winter thawed out, the yard was buried in more More...

Praying Mantis in my Panama Orange Tree (Calamondin).
By David Gaines On Sunday, October 30th, 2016
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Deck Plants Attracting Good and Bad Insects

The reason I started planting marigolds in the planters on the deck was because I kept reading that mosquitoes don’t like the marigold scent so they stay away.  I can’t say whether this is More...

Ligustrum Japonicum
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 28th, 2016
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Let’s See If a Ligustrum Japonicum Can Survive the Potter With No Luck

There’s this one potter, set against the house, where very little if any direct sunlight reaches.  The last plant there, the Persian Lilac, started out well but started to die the slow death.  So, More...

Flowers on the back deck
By David Gaines On Monday, August 8th, 2016
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Relocating These Flowers to the Back Deck Seemed to Revive Them

Earlier in April I planted some annuals in some planters on the front porch.  I knew there was going to be very little direct sunlight, but the label said the plant does well in shade.  Well, after the More...