Orchid Care

I got an email from a friend a few days ago telling me that her husband bought her an orchid plant for Christmas. She has always wanted one but has no clue how to take care of it.

My New Favorite Clematis

Do you think Santa might bring you a new arbor or trellis or pergola for Christmas? Well, if he does, I’ve got the plant for you!

Cutting Garden Favorite: Laceflower

I have a new favorite flower for the cutting garden! Although I often keep the wild Queen Anne’s lace seedlings that pop up in my garden just so I can cut the flowers and use them in bouquets, this pretty little annual has a similar look and feel.

Deer-resistant Bulbs

Although I always intend to do it earlier in the season, I’m still busy planting bulbs in my garden.

4 Ways to Prevent Japanese Beetles

In researching an article I recently wrote, I came across some interesting information about preventing Japanese beetles in the garden. I thought I might share the advice with you now so you’ll be better prepared to battle them next season.

Stink Bug Studies

The stink bugs have been terrible here this fall. A recent introduction from Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug has really become problematic for gardeners and homeowners in the East, and its range is spreading.

Goodbye, Garden

We got our first hard frost late last week so I’ve been busy pulling out the spent tomato and pepper plants and tossing them onto the compost pile.

Autumn Garden Delights

I’ll be busy cleaning up the garden soon enough, but in the meantime, my family and I have been enjoying the last few ripe tomatoes and peppers.

Incomplete Metamorphosis of Milkweed Bugs

Last spring, I planted a handful of different types of milkweed in my garden. They hosted several monarch caterpillars this year, though I was never able to find any of the chrysalises.