MANTS Show – The Mid-Atlantic Nurseryman’s Show- Part 1

Everything New (and Old!) in the Gardening World Every year right after New Year's parties have wound down and the confetti is a recent memory, I make my annual pilgrimage to the MANTS Show (Mid-Atlantic Nurseryman's Show) at the Baltimore Convention Center. I look forward with anticipation to see old friends, new ideas or old re-packaged ones, …

DIY SOAP

I love handmade soap, preferring it to the commercially overly scented variety, picking it up at local craft fairs and boutique stores.  The cost was adding up, plunking down $5 or $6 for a small bar, and I looked into making it at home. I have always hesitated to make soap due to the use of caustic lye …

Stand Out From the Crowd – Fresh Green Entrance Accents

If you need some last-minute pizzazz for your outside entrance to greet visitors, create a live green arrangement with evergreens and twigs cut from your property. Once I empty my large pots and window boxes at the end of November, I can dress them up again with greenery which will last most of the winter. I keep the …

Decorating the White House for Christmas-Part 1

Now that the White House has been decorated for Christmas for 2012, I thought that I would repost my experiences decorating there in 2011. I looked at the pictures for this year and one caught my eye, the 'Rainbow Tree'! I thought that this interpretation of a Christmas tree was outstanding. Here is my experience …

A Cut Above – Creating Sculptures from Wood

It doesn't seem possible to be able to use the words 'chainsaw' and 'art' in the same sentence.  The chainsaw is such a workmanlike and crude tool that it is always surprising to me what beautiful carvings can be made within a couple of hours with the right kind of wood and a noisy, sawdust spitting, dangerous …

Fabulous Fall Performers- The Best of the Best

Color in the Fall Golden Rod A succession of color and flowers is easy to produce in the spring and early summer, but once September hits, the show of blooms peeters out and it gets harder and harder for the garden to be colorful. That is why I am sure to plant some stellar standouts, that …