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It's Not Easy Being Green: Rethinking Holiday Containers
Christine Froehlich 11/20/2017 Comments

decorate window boxIt's Not Easy Being Green: Rethinking Holiday Containers

 

Every year I tell myself I'm done with decorating, but now that the holidays are approaching, I've caved to decking the halls again - starting with my outdoor containers. But unless I completely rape the few arborvitae, sparse number of hollies and smallish boxwood on my property, I don't have enough greens to fill them. Buying evergreens is way too pricey, so I began rethinking it. Maybe it doesn't all need to be green! Read on for some ideas that might help you. 

 

Get In The Mood: Strategies For Gardeners Who Hate To Weed
Christine Froehlich 10/24/2017 Comments

Get In The Mood: Strategies For Gardeners Who Hate To Weed

 

weedingNeed a little help getting going on those weeding jobs? It's all in how you think about it. Take a look at some strategies that work for me.

Plants That Bring You Joy - Or Not
Christine Froehlich 09/24/2017 Comments

Plants That Bring You Joy - Or Not

 

 Why keep plants that aren't bringing you joy? Sometimes you just have to put your foot down if you want a better garden.

kirengashoma

Fantastic Fences - Fun And Funky In The Garden
christine froehlich 08/24/2017 Comments

Fantastic Fences - Fun And Funky In The Garden

 

There's no end to the fun you can have in a garden, and that includes

the fences. Here's how Buffalo, NY. gardeners  turn them into works of art.

 

painted wall

One Thing Leads To Another: Artistry In The Garden
Christine Froehlich 07/14/2017 Comments

One Thing Leads To Another: Artistry In The Garden

 

It's funny how doing one thing in a garden seems to lead to another project. Sometimes the results provide unexpected surprises. Take the arborvitae arch I wrote about in my last post. I would have been content to let it be, but my husband  insisted that we needed a wrought iron gate to complete the look. If you're in to recyling and how to projects, you might like this one.

 

wrought iron gate

From Mistake To Masterpiece: An Easy Plant Fix
Christine Froehlich 06/13/2017 Comments

From Mistake To Masterpiece: An Easy Plant Fix

 

What can you do when you make planting bloopers like this? I confess that I've made my fair share of them, but this goes down as one of the most embarrassing. The good news is that you can fix problems like this. Read on to find out how I turned my mistake into a masterpiece. 

 

bent arborvitae

Planting Fundamentals: Practical Tips For Placing Perennials
Christine Froehlich 05/13/2017 Comments

Planting Fundamentals: Practical Tips For Placing Perennials

 

chanticleer, masses of perennials

When it comes to planting, proper placement is everything. You might

have a bunch of great plants, but if you don't have enough of them or they're scattered all about, they won't show up well and you'll have big bare spaces that invite weeds to the party. Get the most bang for your buck from your garden by learning a few simple techniques to increase beauty and reduce maintenance.

Feed Me, I'm Hungry
christine froehlich 04/07/2017 Comments

Feed Me, I'm Hungy

 

Does your garden need a little help? Start from the ground up by feeding the soil. Quit getting rid of your leaves, spent grasses and other garden debris and use them to nurture your plants.

 

ilex crenata and compost

 

I Want The Wow
christinefroehlich 03/09/2017 Comments

I Want The Wow

 

alium,sedums and nepetaAchieving the wow factor in your garden isn't just about  the newest up and comers in the plant catalogues. It's what we do with the plants we choose that counts! Check out this weeks post to see how.

Some Like It Dry
Christine Froehlich 02/11/2017 Comments

sedumsSome Like It Dry

 

Every February I look for ways to make next years garden better...and less work! This summer I want to water less. If you want to use plants that can tolerate dryness and do double duty-inside and out, read on.

 

Snow Gardening
Christine Froehlich 01/12/2017 Comments

 Snow Gardening

 

What do gardeners do in the winter other than collect seed catalogues and tend to their indoor plants? Personally, I spend a lot of time looking out the window wishing I had planted more berrying shrubs, conifers and such to keep me entertained. What makes a winter garden a wow? If you want to bump up your garden for winter, try

incorporating some of these elements into your garden.

 

winter gardens


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