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What's Growing On?

EmilyI'm afraid we have been negligent in update our web site.

I've been trying to get some poems and articles published in other places as well as working on a book (fiction).

We'll try to do better in the future.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe on Boomer CafePumpkin Pie Recipe Poem

Bommer Cafe has had the good taste to publish my Pumpkin Pie Recipe Poem on their site (here).

Also, The Society of Classical Poets has published two of my poems on their site (here). One of them is about Composting.


199 Poisonous Plants

While plants and flowers are a great way to decorate, not every plant is safe for your home. We know poison oak shouldn’t be touched, and to keep poinsettias away from our pets, but did you know some of your favorite blooms may have toxic properties as well?

ProFlowers has rounded up a list of almost 200 common poisonous plants so you can be sure you’re picking the safest options. Most of these plants are safe to grow and keep in your home, but should be avoided if you’re concerned of accidental ingestion from a hungry pet or curious child. Look through the list of plant names and make sure no one in your home is at risk.

Full bush in fall colorsEuonymus alatus

Euonymus alatus is a dense, bushy, deciduous shrub with dark green leaves up to three inches long that turn brilliant red in the autumn. It is part of a genus of about 175 species found mostly in Asia.


Joel Roberts PoinsettJoel Roberts Poinsett

Joel Poinsett was born on March 2nd, 1779 in Charleston, South Carolina. As a very educated young person he was fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. He had studied medicine, law, and military science. Early on he had the opportunity to travel for eight years in Europe. (more)

The Bit in the MIddleThe Bit In The Middle

Patrick Vickery, our gardening friend from the Scottish Highlands has generously written for EmilyCompost since early in this century. He has a new book out, "The Bit in the Middle," available on Amazon. They describe the book as "...charting the chaotic, absurd and often extraordinary aspects of everyday life..."

(more on Patrick or visit his web site or his blog)

Emily: Question about my Christmas Cactus

Christmas CactusDear Emily: I have a question about my Christmas cactus. I have had the plant for over a year and my mother in law had the plant for a while before me. It always flowered for her, and It hasn't flowered once while I've had it. What am I doing wrong?

A: The soil must be kept moist during the growing season, but somewhat dry when the plant is resting. Full sunlight and and average room temperatures are recommended. Short days are required to induce blooming. On September 1, the plant should have total darkness from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am until buds form. Or, if the plant is in a cool room (I have read 53 degrees or also I have read below 68 degrees but above 42 degrees) from mid-September to mid-October, flowers will be produced regardless of the day length.