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Brighten Up Your Winter Window Sill With Forced Bulbs
Christine Froehlich 11/16/2020 Comments



Seriously, I can't dig one more hole - and why the heck did I order so many bulbs? Clearly, my enthusiasm got the best of me and now I've run out of places to plant them. 


If you're strapped for time, space and energy, why not pot up leftover bulbs, tuck them away in a protected spot to force and bring inside later? It's worth doing just to get a sneak preview of spring!

Here's how to do it.


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These Love It Dry: 3 Hardy Shrubs That Never Get Thirsty
Christine Froehlich 10/22/2020 Comments

I'm not complaining about all the hot, dry sunny days we had this summer, but dragging hoses around to wilting plants is not my idea of a good time. On the other hand, I gained a new appreciation for several shrubs that remained unfazed by drought. Check out three stalwart beauties that can take just about anything you throw at them.


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Stomp Out Stupid Weeding: 5 Perennials That Make It Easy
Christine Froehlich 09/23/2020 Comments

Don't you hate weeding areas where growing anything is a struggle and it doesn't look much better when you're done? I call this 'stupid weeding' and I'm on a mission to reduce it in all my gardens. At the end of the day, it's really all about the best plant choices. Learn more about 5 beautiful and useful perennials that will save you work.calamintha and stachys on hillside

What To Do When Plants Die: How To Make The Best Of It
Christine Froehlich 08/25/2020 Comments

What do you do when your favorite plant dies? Cultivate a sense of humor and don't give up. Here's what I did when my cherished redbud bit the dust.

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Gardening In Impossible Spots: How To Deal With Dry Rooty Soil
Christine Froehlich 07/29/2020 Comments

Every garden comes with it's own set of challenges, success comes about when you figure out how to make it work in spite of them. Find out how one determined gardener turned an inhospitable site into a shady paradise.


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Make Summer More Sensual: Add These 8 Fragrant Beauties
Christine Froehlich 06/24/2020 Comments

 Don't you wish you could bottle up all the smells of summer? Fragrance is memorable. Scents define the personality of the garden and etch their way into your memory bank. The aroma of petunias and nicotiana still take me straight back to childhood days in my grandmothers garden. Inspired by these memories,I've developed a mix of aromatic plants worth trying. 


Strategies For Small Gardens: How To Grow More Food In Less Space
Christine Froehlich 05/19/2020 Comments

If there was ever a time to grow your own food, this is it. Maybe you have a small garden or no place to put one. How can you get more out of the space you have? Find out how to use every available inch. veg garden

It's All About Perspective: A Gardeners Journey
Christine Froehlich 04/19/2020 Comments

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Patience and faith are being sorely tried these days, and no one knows when life is going to return to normal. As with gardening, we just have to hang on, wait for the plants to grow and have faith that they'll survive. Delving through old photographs of my front garden brought this home to me. Each image was a reminder of  the joys and frustration I felt while I was going through the process of creating it. Anyone who has ever started a garden or hopes to have one knows what I'm talking about. This is my story.

Making The Most Of It: 10 New Annuals Make Hard Times Better
Christine Froehlich 03/24/2020 Comments

Right now, we need our gardens more than ever. There's nothing more hopeful than planting, and salvia guaranitica part of the fun is trying something new. Want to indulge in a little plant porn? Here are 10 annuals to inspire you.

Lost In The Tropics: Gardening On The Other Side Of The World
Christine Froehlichstine 02/25/2020 Comments

saigon gardensI'm grateful for public gardens wherever I go, but my recent trip to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam to visit grandchildren left me doubly appreciative of what they provide.  In a city where even crossing the streeet is a hair raising experience, the tree-lined public parks provide shelter from the heat and respite from the daily hubbub. Need a little tropical eye candy? Read on. 

Amaryllis Angst? How To Get Them To Rebloom
Christine Froehlich 01/14/2020 Comments

I'm always reading rave reviews about how easy amaryllis are to grow. Hah! What they don't tell you is that you must have the patience of a saint to get them to flower, much less rebloom. How the heck do you make that happen? Read on to find out.




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