Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A. Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the […]
A couple who specializes in growing bonsai trees was left heartbroken after seven specimens worth upwards of $100,000 were stolen from their nursery in Saitama, Japan. Now, they have asked whoever the guilty party out there is to make sure and water these plants. Seiji Imura spread word of the incident in a Jan. 13…
Water Buttons are a native of South Africa, but naturalised in all Australian states and New Zealand. These hairless, low-growing, perennial herbs flower in Winter and Spring and grow on a range of soils from sandy loam to clay, but are restricted to wet soils that are periodically flooded according to Mr Google. They generally […]
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The fragrant yellow bells of Carolina Jessamine vine are a sure sign of spring.
Arizona yards don’t look anything like those in the Midwest. In fact, don’t call it a lawn, because according to Merriam-Webster a lawn is: ground (as around a house or in a garden or park) that is covered with grass and is kept mowed. No grass and no mowing in most parts of Arizona, water […]
Spring and summer are long gone and the colder grip of winter is here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to do our bit for pollinators. Now is the time to plan ahead and ensure that your garden or outdoor space is ready to help our important pollinating insects. Why not make it your […]
A noticeable, fine web may be present on your Palo Verde trees (Parkinsonia spp.) and even from time to time on the Whitethorn Acacia (Vachellia constricta syn. Acacia constricta). This “webbing” is produced by the Palo Verde webworms often called Palo Verde webbers. The webworm is a small caterpillar that feeds on the leaves and occasionally the bark […]
A group of evergreen grasses along with pruned Cornus (dogwood) stems look rather otherworldly in very bright January sunshine. Photographed at a botanic garden a couple of years ago. I planted a dogwood and some grasses in the garden here last year – which seem to be thriving. The bright red stems of the dogwood […]