Magnolia-The King of Greens for Decorating

Evergreen Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora,  is one of my favorite greens to decorate for the holidays. The large textured leaves are the perfect evergreen to embellish with for Fall and Winter, simplifying the making of wreaths, table pieces, and mantel garlands. Using them extensively in my porch pots, it is always the Magnolia that stands out. …

Poinsettias: Selection, Care & Uses

No flower says Christmas like the beautiful Poinsettia.  I was amazed to learn that the Poinsettia is the most popular potted plant by far in the U.S. and Canada. But here are a few tips in buying the perfect Poinsettia to adorn your Christmas season. Selecting a Healthy Poinsettia Before Care-Have you ever brought home …

Front Porch Winter Cheer

What do you do with containers on your front porch or deck once you have yanked out those sorry-looking frost-killed petunias? Segue into the holiday season with beautiful fall/winter containers using "yard" material. Forage for material from your property on or around your home. Snips in hand, I venture into roadside edges and woods and …

Top 10 Decorated Pumpkins

There is no better way to celebrate the fall season than decorating pumpkins! From mini chalk-painted pumpkins to gorgeous hand-painted marble creations, step up your style this year with these no-carve painted pumpkin ideas. These creative painted pumpkins think outside the box with modern metallics, fresh florals, and gold studs. Get inspired to take your …

Flower Therapy With Floriculture Microfarm

Stuck at home during the pandemic, what could be better than a fresh delivery of a hand picked and arranged bouquet of vibrant flowers? That is exactly what Floriculture Microfarm specializes in. I love to promote small local horticultural businesses, and this one really brings joy to the life of many people - weekly! I …

Maryland Home & Garden Show

Come see me February 29, at 1:30 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD  for a 'Think Spring' demonstration with lots of giveaways of floral arrangements!  It's still cold outside, but there will be lots of flowers and things happening there. I will be demonstrating tussie mussies, pot et fleurs, topiaries, and succulent projects, …

Hellebores-Every Gardener Should Have Some

Gardeners and Hellebores Ok, drumroll here....I think I can say that Hellebores are my favorite perennial plant. A well-kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. What other plant resists deer, neglect, likes shade-even deep shade, is …