Stephanie's Garden Blog

Have you ever watched your neighbors in their garden and wondered what are they doing? And why are they doing that!? You might not be my literal neighbor, but I invite you to peek into my garden and see what I’m doing. In my blog I will answer those questions!

I consider myself a plant collector. My son calls me a “plant hoarder” but I think that’s a bit extreme! He might be right when I consider these symptoms:

  1. I sometimes sneak plants home from the nursery and hide them in my work area until I have time to plant them.
  2. I’ve been known to put a stem trimming from a public garden in my pocket and then try to root it myself at home. (You should keep an eye on me if I’m visiting your garden!)
  3. I’ve never passed up a packet of free seeds.
  4. When my perennials need dividing, I have a very hard time parting with any of the divisions. I usually find someone who will take them (Iris rhizomes, Daffodil bulbs, pieces of Salvia or Catmint) but I’m not sure I trust they’ll take care of my plants.
  5. I have literally cried and cursed when a plant died.
  6. Each year in mid- to late-summer, I realize that I have more yard work than my aching back can handle and that some of my plants are truly neglected.

Whether I’m collecting plants or hoarding them, I spend a lot of time in my yard and garden. Follow my blog and decide for yourself! I’ll tell you what I’m doing and why and I’ll also honestly tell you what I should be doing and try to come up with good excuses for not getting those tasks done!

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What’s in a Name: Impatiens

Returning to this year’s theme of how various flowers got their names, this month I’ll be sharing information about Impatiens. The word “impatiens” is Latin and, somewhat obviously, it means “impatient.” These plants were named for their explosive seed-pods which propel seeds in every direction when ripe. The seed pods look very much like flower buds although they turn…
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Fertilizer Now = More Flowers Later

I am often asked what brand of fertilizer I like best, and the answer is “it depends.” It depends on what I’m fertilizing! For container gardens of annual flowers, which are heavy feeders, I always sprinkle in a slow-release fertilizer granule when planting and I prefer Osmocote Plus “Outdoor & Indoor.” Four to six weeks…
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What’s in a Name: Geranium

In the past two months, I’ve shared with you information about Narcissus and Lilies and how they got their names. This month, I’ll be sharing information about Geraniums and Pelargoniums. Geraniums grow wild throughout the temperate regions of the world and are commonly known as “Cranesbill” or “True Geraniums.” Geranium flowers have five petals, often…
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What’s in a Name: Daffodils

Daffodils are extremely reliable and long-lived. Daffodil bulbs are best planted in the fall; be sure to plant the bulb at the proper depth as indicated on the label. However, they are often sold as flowering potted plants in the spring. After the flowers pass, a potted plant can be planted in the garden. It has a pretty good chance of coming up and blooming again the following spring.

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Cause of Death: Unknown

Sometimes plants just die. In my conversations, I frequently hear some rendition of this question: why did my tree/shrub/rose/houseplant/whatever plant die? This is not a bad question, and sometimes the answer can be succinct and very educational. At times I can answer that the Maple tree died of an iron deficiency; that the houseplant was overtaken by spider mites; or…
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Beatrice Comments on Bee Stings

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In May of 2018 the business was renamed and rebranded. Previously the business name was Patio Plants Unlimited, which you will see as the header for the newsletters prior to the change.