November Houseplants!

What keeps me happy in winter? Good food and fine wine. Houseplants are helpful, too. They provide a "green connection" when the outdoor world is barren and gray. You haven't lived until you've watched a geranium optimistically open its pastel petals during a snowstorm! Here's what's shaking in my November window garden: Read more »

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »

Window Garden, September 2013

HALLELUJAH -- my too-many houseplants came indoors last Friday, in advance of a sudden (and welcome!) cold-front. Would you like to see these autumn beauties up close and personal? Join me on this window garden tour: Read more »

How I Prepare Geraniums for Winter-Bloom

WHEN IT COMES TO OVERWINTERING GERANIUMS, I refuse to be saddled with tired, old, monster-size plants. I want fresh, young geraniums that are eager to grow, and which are small enough to serve decorative duty in the window garden. Do you want what I want? Then let me show you how, exactly, to prepare these popular summer plants for winter-beauty indoors. Read more »

How I Propagate Petunias for Winter-Bloom

LOVE THE SIGHT AND SCENT OF PETUNIAS? Then do what I do each August, and propagate your plants. Three stem cuttings in a 6-inch pot will quickly form roots at this time. Brought indoors before frost, and placed under lights or in a sunny window, the young plants will bloom and bloom from December on. Read more »

Forced Bulbs: What to Keep, What to Toss

HERE'S A DILEMMA YOU MIGHT BE FACING -- What to do with the hyacinths, tulips, and other bulbs you forced for indoor winter-bloom. In truth, some of these bulbs are worth keeping for future enjoyment outdoors. Others, not so much. Here's how I determine the fate of my own, myriad forced bulbs, and how I care for the keepers: Read more »