November 24, 2014

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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change." ...Buddha
(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

This cactus is not to be confused with the Thanksgiving cactus. These both will flower within weeks of each other. (more)

Euphorbia pulcherrima


Poinsettias are the most popular, having sold nearly 70 million last year. With a great variety of selection, there is a special poinsettia for everyone's taste - from the traditional 'Freedom' (totally solid red) ... (more)

Common Milkweed
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Joel Roberts Poinsett

Joel Roberts Poinsett

...but to the Americans it is the Christmas Poinsettia. All because a US ambassador to Mexico brought the plant to America. That man was Joel Roberts Poinsett. (more)

November 24, 2014

What is Gardening, Anyway?


Nobody wants to define gardening.

Even a world class gardening website like EmilyCompost does not have a definition of gardening in her glossary. Why is that?

Why is it that so many otherwise astute gardening sites shy away from defining the very activity which they support?

To correct this glaring oversight amongst gardening's elite we herewith propose the following definition:

Gardening is the act of moving organic and inorganic matter In a slightly less than random manner from one part of the property to another part of the property at irregular intervals.

This activity is sometimes augmented by the planting of very large, heavy, inorganic objects for decorative or other purposes when one wearies of organic movement.

(more of the article)

Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: A Slug Blether (a rerun)

If you have a slug problem then get a hedgehog. That's the answer. Hedgehogs eat slugs - the slugs that would otherwise eat your plants. (more of A Slug Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)