Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Gardening Calendar: April Tips

Monday, April 20th, 2015
The grass is green and the trees are budding! When you head outside here are a few things you can do around the house and garden. (more…)

Smithsonian Exhibit Satisfies Food History Craving

Friday, September 6th, 2013
From the time you step off the curb, you begin experiencing the Smithsonian through their expansive gardens. About 20 Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia recently took a “field trip” to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. (more…)

What is wrong with this picture?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
What is wrong with this picture? (more…)

The Secret to a Colorful Landscape

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
I like to think I have the prettiest house on the block! A little prideful, I know, but I can’t help it! I like being outside, and gardening gives me an excuse to enjoy some sunshine.  I enjoy planting, watering, and nurturing a plant to its fullest potential. To keep my landscape the “prettiest on the block,” I plant a combination of perennials and annuals.  By planting more annuals than perennials, my garden is full of bright colors all summer long. (more…)

Starting Seeds Part 2: Simple PVC Light Stand

Monday, March 5th, 2012
The broccoli seeds we started ten days ago, have sprouted! Smiles and high-fives were exchanged when we saw green leaves pushing through the dark potting soil. It was a great opportunity to show my three daughters nature in action. It’s amazing to plant a tiny little seed and watch it emerge from the depths of the soil. (more…)

Tips for Growing Beautiful Mums

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The chrysanthemums are in full bloom and irresistible to a two-year-old. On more than one occasion, I have caught my toddler pulling the mum flowers off one-by-one. I can understand her interest in the mums. Right now they are bright and bold; the splash of color my landscape needs this fall. (more…)

How to Plant Tulips in 4 Easy Steps

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Do you remember last spring when the daffodils and tulips made you smile? I do! I remember thinking I need to plant more of these bulbs, because they made me so happy and excited for summer. Today, we planted tulips around a tree in our front yard. (more…)

Soil Test Report

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Recently, I shared a video with you demonstrating how I took a soil sample from my garden.  I brought my “bags of dirt” to our county extension office. For a fee of $10 per bag, the soil would be analyzed and the results would be mailed to me within ten days. (more…)

Lessons learned from the Belgian landscape

Friday, August 12th, 2011
My husband had business in Belgium and invited me to go with!  Castles, gardens, and chocolate...why wouldn’t I go? Crazy as it may sound, initially I said no. I gave my dear husband a long list of reasons why I just couldn’t go. For me to leave for a week means calling on family and friends to care for my daily responsibilities. Who would watch the girls, the dog, water the garden, blah, blah, blah? I came to my senses when everyone I shared my reservations with gave me a list of reasons why I should go. That list was longer than my list. I renewed my expired passport and booked a ticket. (more…)

Unplug and let your kids experience nature

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
When the TV is on, my girls are motionless and non-responsive. Confession, I need a little peace in my day so I like them comatose for about 30 minutes a day. Just 30 minutes, that’s all I need! Despite weeks of brutal heat, we have continued to spend time outside. Lubed up with sun screen, we water and weed the garden, and go swimming. That’s about all we can handle; the rest of our time is spent enjoying the benefits of our over-worked, but not underappreciated, air conditioner. (more…)

Want your potted plants brimming with color? Fertilizer is the answer!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
  Today we were out weeding…again. I explained to our two-year-old that if it has a flower it is NOT a weed, please do not pull it! I know some weeds, like dandelions, have flowers, but the weeds we were pulling today did not have flowers. She did a great job until we moved over to the four flower pots I have at the corner of the house. For some reason, the purple petunias were too much to resist and she pulled a stem right off the plant. Quickly, I found something else for her to do; I didn’t want her to ruin the entire pot of flowers. (more…)