Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

November 30, 2014
IMG_2027One 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

September 15, 2013
IMG_3250HALLELUJAH -- 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

August 13, 2013
IMG_5002WHEN 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

July 24, 2013
IMG_1613LOVE 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

March 19, 2013
IMG_4526HERE'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 »

How to Separate and Pot African Violet Babies

March 4, 2013
IMG_5996I CAN ASSURE YOU that African violets are very easy to propagate. Just stick a stem in damp soil, provide abundant humidity, and in eight weeks time you'll be greeted with numerous new plants. What the babies look like, and how to separate and pot them successfully: Read more »

Now in Bloom, February 2013

February 2, 2013
IMG_5055YESTERDAY, I had great fun photographing the houseplants in the music room window. Would you like to meet these bloomers and perfumers? Say "hello" in this show-and-tell photo gallery (and I hope you'll tell me what's growing in your own window garden): Read more »