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Garden Tips and Treasures

Container Garden Recipes

Donna Moyer

Container Garden Recipes

Last weekend was our official frost free date in SE Pennsylvania. Hurray!!! So I had lots of fun (even though it was raining) spending time in my potting shed and creating my summer container gardens for the season. This is a photo of all the goodies I use in when filling my container gardens. In case you missed my last blog post, check it out here where I share my secret sauce for creating container plantings that look good all summer without tons of tending. In this article, I thought I would share my plant combination ‘recipes’ to give you...

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Container Gardening Secret Sauce

Donna Moyer

Container Gardening Secret Sauce

  Spring is my favorite time of year! I love traveling to our local greenhouses and seeing all of the beautiful plants available to decorate my yard, porch and deck. We have lots of choices here In SE PA since we are in Amish country and in addition to the commercial greenhouses lots of farms have plants for sale at roadside stands. Mother’s Day is classically seen as our ‘Frost Free’ date here so I’m always really excited  at this time of year to get those plants home and into hanging planters, pots and window boxes. In the past, my...

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Fun With Foliage!

Paula Marolewski

Fun With Foliage!

As you’re planning your summer garden, don’t forget the foliage! Foliage plants are chosen for the beauty of their leaves, rather than their flowers. Some foliage plants have colorful leaves, such as coleus. Others have striking geometric patterns, like the canna lily (which also has showy flowers). Still others are selected because of their unique shape, such as cactuses or succulents.  Here are three great ways to use foliage plants in your garden: 1. Foliage as focal point. Foliage plants make great focal points in the garden. One of my favorite foliage plants for this purpose is the elephant ear....

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Bud Vases Deliver Big Impact

Paula Marolewski

Bud Vases Deliver Big Impact

  There is no question that extravagant bouquets of flowers make a stunning visual statement. But there is also a special and rare beauty to be found in single blooms. To that end, I have a selection of slender vases that will hold just a few flowers each. (Yes, even the turtle is a bud vase! The holes in his shell are to arrange the flowers.)     Here are three reasons to love bud vases: 1. Bud vases allow you to focus on the beauty of a single blossom. There is something calming, even meditative, about studying the shape,...

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Garden Friends

Paula Marolewski

Garden Friends

  A lot of friends have joined me in my garden over the years. Only a few of them, however, have been human! For instance, for quite a few summers, my garden hosted Al, my bee. He needed a small name, because he was a small bee. He lived in a hole in my fence and, every year, he would engage in home improvements. I could tell when he was expanding his mini-mansion, because a tiny pile of sawdust would collect beneath his hole.   Every summer, Alexis and Regita, my house wrens, set up a nest in a gourd...

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