Growing Plants in Containers

Have you ever had a pet frog, a bird, a hamster, or a goldfish?  If so, you have some idea of what caring for a potted plant is all about.  Constant vigilance, really.  You want to feed it, but not t...

Why Do Trees Live Longer Than Humans?

On Quora, Eoin Kenny asked:  “Why do trees live longer than humans?” Let me attempt an answer. Because their roots run deeper than ours. Roots, representing faith, are constantly drawing ...

Tactile Plants

Everyone loves petting zoos, especially kids, and I was just wondering if, maybe alongside them, petting gardens would be appropriate. A petting garden would feature leaves with furry, fuzzy, bumpy, ...

The Pluot Revolution

“I was visiting my parents in Modesto and we picked up some delicious pluots at a local fruit stand. Since my Santa Rosa plum has rarely bloomed or produced fruit, I was interested in replacing it wi...

Hurrah for the Unknown

Unknown acts of kindness and deep faith of unknown people keep the world intact. Hurrah for the unknown.     courtesy of tag-pictures.com

Favorite Red Flowers

Red is the most powerful color.  If you put it near your front door, you will quickly tire of it.   A red hedge of roses or poinsettias looks good when you are moving, whether down a path or down a r...

Migrant Fragrances

Can you imagine a garden with nothing but fragrant plants?  It’s a most reasonable proposition, really.  You can easily fill a garden with upright and prostrate rosemary and a dozen types of lavender...

Pruning Trees and Roses

Historically speaking, tree pruning is a relatively recent phenomenon, developed as a necessity when trees began to be planted in close proximity to where people lived, worked, or congregated. It’s j...