Review/Preview of Plant Life Around the Abode

ligustrum japonicum

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, it’s not quite the time to start working on the yard.  But, it won’t be long, so I started making plans [in my head anyway] of More...

by David Gaines | Published 8 months ago
Praying Mantis in my Panama Orange Tree (Calamondin).
By David Gaines On Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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

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

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...

By David Gaines On Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Rhododendrons Survive Leaf-Clipping Job; Persian Lilac Not So Much; New Plants Added

Earlier this month I clipped a ton of damaged leaves from the smaller of the two Rhododendron bushes.  Later I did the same for the larger of bush.  I thought I went a bit overboard, literally clipping More...

By David Gaines On Monday, April 4th, 2016

Rhododendron Gets a Serious Clipping

To a certain degree, planting plants and caring for them isn’t that bad.  There’s something rewarding in it, when everything grows.  And then there’s also something frustrating in it, More...

Persian lilacs (Syringa x persica)
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Persian Lilac Added to the Side of the House

One of the issues of planting on the north side of the house is the lack of sun.  And when I built this potter, in the middle of the wall, against the house, I pretty much guaranteed that whatever’s More...

Doublefile Viburum
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 27th, 2016
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Doublefile Viburnum, Girards Saybrook Glory Azalea Are Latest Additions To Side of the House

With the new potter on the side of the house, I did something a bit different.  Just a little.  Instead of a perennial, I got a deciduous shrub, hoping it’ll weather the winter better and be less More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Another Dead Rhododendron; Update on the Other Plants on the Side of the House

Well, two out of three isn’t too bad. The first time I ever in my life planted a real live plant, it was an absolute failure. I knew nothing about planting plants. Since it wasn’t a cheap plant, I didn’t More...

By David Gaines On Monday, May 25th, 2015

New Edging Behind House

While at Home Depot, I saw these edging bricks that were different that gave me an idea. Behind the house along the sidewalk, the edging there looks terrible. The side bordering Sproles’ house. So, I bought More...