(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Amaryllis is a great holiday gift. This blooming bulb gives a wonderful display all season for its blooms last a long time. (more)
When choosing a poinsettia for the season make sure the soil is not dried out. Once you have brought it home keep it well watered - not soaking or soggy and never standing in water. (more)
Ed's Wildflower Page
Joel Roberts Poinsett
Although we remember him the most by what he brought back from Mexico, the poinsettia, in 1826, he was continually interested in all sorts of plants. (more)
December 6, 2013
Preparing Your Garden for the Winter Months
After working on your beloved garden all summer, you may be dreading the thought of how the turbulent cold, season could affect all your beautiful plants. You may have begun tree trimming and preparing a shelter that can be used to house your plants and keep them snug over the coming months.
However, there are some further preparations that you can put in place, in order to batten down the hatches and alleviate the winter's harsh conditions, so as to preserve the life in your outdoor space.
Things to Keep in Mind This Fall
Firstly, don't over-prune the bushes in your garden just yet, especially if they have berries growing on them, as the birds and insects will be relying on them for food. In fact, sometimes it is better to keep your hedges and other shrubbery quite unruly, so that birds and other animals have a place to shelter during the winter months.
Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: Christmas Is Coming (a rerun from 2009)
Mind you, many years ago when we lived in a house that backed onto woods I took it upon myself to acquire a fresh Christmas tree straight from the ground. (more Christmas)