To Rake or Not to Rake: The Great Leaf Debate

Introduction: As fall descends and leaves paint the landscape with hues of red and gold, the age-old debate resurfaces: should you leave the leaves on your grass or dutifully rake them away? The internet is buzzing with arguments for letting nature take its course, but before you jump on the “leave the leaves” bandwagon, let’s examine why, for most homeowners, … Read More

Battling the Dreaded Mealybug: A Comprehensive Guide to Treatment and Prevention

Introduction: The menace of mealybugs is something every plant enthusiast dreads. These tiny critters can wreak havoc on your beloved plants, causing significant damage in a surprisingly short amount of time. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of mealybugs, discussing their life cycle, the potential harm they can cause, and, most importantly, effective treatment methods to rid … Read More

Are you Related to Louis XIV? Do You Have Palace of Versailles Syndrome?

Decorating styles come and go, both indoors and out. Home improvement shows will tell you that the kitchen you redecorated just 5 years ago is now “dated.” Landscaping trends may not change quite that fast – but they do change. Unfortunately, some folks seem to be stuck in the 17th Century. Now that’s really dated! What I’m referring to is … Read More

Why I Hate Those Plastic Flowers in Yards and Cemeteries

It’s not just because I grow and sell REAL flowers – it’s because I am a bird lover. That’s right. Plastic flowers are bad for birds (and bees and the environment). Let me explain. Hummingbirds feed on nectar from all types of flowers. They don’t follow their noses to the blooms – they follow their eyes. Hummingbirds, and most other … Read More

Spring into Action — Indoors!

It’s too early for Spring Fever, but a warm day in February leads to pre-spring fever. Why not satisfy some of that urge by doing some indoor cultivating? Indoor plants are trending now, even among those who have never had an outdoor space to tend.  Indoor foliage adds beauty, and there is mounting research showing that indoor plants contribute to … Read More