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An Apple A Day

Featured Image (Above) : Walled North West Washington, DC Garden perfect vehicle for espalier fruit trees. You can eat an apple a day when you grow them in your own garden. Apple trees are readily available with varieties for almost any region and climate. Apple trees make a beautiful addition to the landscape providing fragrant [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:57+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on An Apple A Day

Look Ahead to Fall : Day 5

Yellow Twig Dogwood This week, GardenWise concludes its five favorite  Garden Delights, in no particular order, for Fall 2011.  Yesterday we looked at the strking Aster, heated things up with the Dwarf Burning Bush, and earlier marveled at both the Toad Lily and Pink Muhly Grass.  Today we're showing off the Yellow Twig Dogwood. Many know of the Red Twig Dogwood, which is [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:07+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Gardening Tips, Gardenwise Master Class|1 Comment

Look Ahead to Fall : Day 4

Get off Your Aster!  This week, GardenWise continues to  look forward with our five favorite  Garden Delights, in no particular order, for Fall 2011.  Last week we heated things up with the Dwarf Burning Bush, and earlier marveled at both the Toad Lily and Pink Muhly Grass.  Today is day four of our series, and we’re showing off Asters! There are so [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:11+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Gardening Tips|3 Comments

September Gardening List : Day 3

 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 water and your garden spaces.  WATER  Maintain the water level in your water garden. Keep fountains and water features properly maintained.  As we approach winter, be sure your [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:14+00:00 September 3rd, 2013|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on September Gardening List : Day 3

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

A Hinged Trellis is GardenWise

A Foldaway Trellis! It's hard to clean  behind latticework, so a great alternative that allows you to get behind this wonderful garden accent  is to make a hinged trellis that swings open! Start by fastening a strip of 3/4-by-1-inch wood to the wall about one and a half feet from the ground.  Screw hinge plates [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:34:32+00:00 August 25th, 2013|Garden Structures|2 Comments

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