The Forsythia is Blooming – It’s Time to Prune Your Roses

One of the sure signs that spring has arrived is the appearance of the lovely bright yellow Forsythia blooms. I’m usually so desperate for color after long Ohio winters, I swear I hear angel choirs singing when I see Forsythias in full bloom. I’m a visual person and a really great yearly reminder to doContinue reading “The Forsythia is Blooming – It’s Time to Prune Your Roses”

Butterfly Garden Plants

If you have ever wanted to attract butterflies to your yard, I’d say this is the time to do it. The pollinators on our planet are under attack from every direction; global warming, drastic loss of habitat, pesticides and other chemical abuses; thinking about it honestly makes my stomach sick and my mind reel. IContinue reading “Butterfly Garden Plants”

Peace Lily Silver Streak – Personality Conflict Episode 1

There are always a few “problem child” plants in any sizeable plant collection and mine is no exception. Three plants come to mind as I am thinking of which plants are currently giving me issues, but I think I’ll focus on just the one for now. It’s been giving me trouble for quite a while.Continue reading “Peace Lily Silver Streak – Personality Conflict Episode 1”

How to Clean Terra Cotta Pots

Personally, I love when terra cotta pots have a “patina”. New planters look so shiny and new. I prefer my terra cotta to look aged. That pretty patina has been left behind on my terra cotta by additives from the tap water that I’ve used for my plants and also from fertilizer. Another name forContinue reading “How to Clean Terra Cotta Pots”

Houseplant Wishlist 2021

Have you made a houseplant wish for 2021? I just made mine and it was harder than I would have thought. My house is at maximum capacity for plants at this point so any new plants that I buy come at the cost of getting rid of one of my other plants. There’s just noContinue reading “Houseplant Wishlist 2021”

Grow Lights For Winter (or All Year Long)

I get asked about grow lights at least every other planty conversation I engage in. These days, it seems that almost all my conversations are plant-related. But that may be because I steer every conversation in the direction of my plants. I’m not sorry. My houseplants make me happy. For those of you who justContinue reading “Grow Lights For Winter (or All Year Long)”

I Tried to Buy a Hoya Lisa – Ebay Failure

How many times must I purchase a Hoya on eBay before I learn my lesson? That is the question. The answer (apparently) is 2,459 times. Let me explain. It’s simple, really. I saw some crappy pictures of a plant that I wanted and I pressed a button that says “Buy it now”. What I shouldContinue reading “I Tried to Buy a Hoya Lisa – Ebay Failure”

A Tale of Two Rhaphis (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)

This blog is a comparison of my two Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plants – one is a tissue culture Rhaphi and the other began its life as a stem cutting. If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while you may remember an article I posted a year ago, questioning if I’d paid (a very handsome sum)Continue reading “A Tale of Two Rhaphis (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)”