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September Gardening List : Day 2

This weekend it's all about September Gardening.  There are so many things to do this month that we've decided to make it a three day event.  Today, it's all about pruning, soil testing and fertilizer!  FERTILIZE · Take soil test for new planting areas.  DO NOT pay others to do this for you; Ph soil test kits [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:17+00:00 September 2nd, 2013|Gardening Tips, Gardenwise Master Class|1 Comment

September Gardening List : Day 1

This week and weekend it's all about September Gardening.  There are so many things to do this month that we've decided to make it a three day event.  Today, it's all about planting.  · Fall is a good time to select and plant trees and shrubs. Fall planting encourages good root development, allowing the plants [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:30+00:00 September 1st, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on September Gardening List : Day 1

Toad Lily in the Shade

One of my all time favorites, and a recent top choice by  GardenWise as a "must-have" Fall 2011 garden favorite, is Toad Lily (Tricyrtis.)   As I earlier wrote, Toad Lily, with its  beautiful orchid-like white flowers, purple flecks and graceful arching growth habit, compels anyone who gazes upon it to stop and take a closer look. Better Homes & Gardens lists Toad Lily [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:35+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Toad Lily in the Shade

They’ll Knock You Off Your Aster

It's Aster Time! The word aster has a Greek  origin and means "star", which is what the flowers resemble. There are many varieties to choose from -- I planted the  Monch Aster in my garden a couple of years ago, but for this post, I'm going with the New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) for its striking and contrasting colors of purple and [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:36+00:00 August 18th, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on They’ll Knock You Off Your Aster

Edible Petals for All

We started to follow @DCLadies on twitter last year and soon we were visiting their fabulous site each week. They're a "Forty something mom and her twenty something daughter" who team up to give their users an eclectic mix of what's fun, fashionable, and just plain fabulous from the D.C. area for women. Well, Shelley [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:43+00:00 August 12th, 2013|Gardening Tips, GardenWise Press|Comments Off on Edible Petals for All

Fall is Tulip Time!

Mid-October through Mid-November is the peak time to plant Tulip bulbs.  I always think of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Betty Ramsey compete for the best tulip garden in CT, and wax flowers play into the plot.  But there's no need to fake it!  Plant your bulbs now for tulips that will make your garden guests [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:47+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Gardening Tips|1 Comment

Bring your family into the garden

We're always looking out for fun and simple family garden  projects -- last  season we wrote about a fun Fall project centered on planting bulbs for Spring.   Now you and your family can start your herb and vegetable garden indoors!  Yes, starting cool season seeds indoors is a great project for the whole family.    Cool Season Seeds Indoors Cool season [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:57+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Bring your family into the garden

Pruning Hydrangeas

Here are some easy guidelines for pruning some of the most popular hydrangeas, which  will make you so glad you turned on your computer today! If there is one thing about shrubs that confuses some gardenenrs it's knowing when and how to prune them. One wrong move can make you lost your interest.  When to prune hydrangeas basically depends on whether [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:35:05+00:00 July 22nd, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Pruning Hydrangeas

Landscape Architecture and Small Spaces in DC

To continue celebrating Landscape Architecure month, we're posting some  excerpts  from  an  interview  Mark  did  with  reporter  Jay  Bildstein about  Landscape Architecture trends, designing roof top spaces, and how landscpae architecture can increase a home's value, among other topics. Jay: If somebody from New York City, seeing you on television, seeing your work on HGTV on "Curb Appeal,"  if [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:35:12+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Landscape Architecture and Small Spaces in DC

Outdoor Entertainment Areas

  Transforming an outside space into a cozy and intimate area to gather with family and friends is easier than you may think.  I call these intimate garden areas "cocoon spaces," which became a trend in 2007 as the uncertain  economy  prompted  home- owners to spend more time at home.   Cocoon spaces are safe and secure intimite garden areas, and in addition to giving home- [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:35:19+00:00 July 15th, 2013|Gardening Tips|1 Comment