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Spring Has FINALLY Come To Our Area ……..I think

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Tulips blooming in the spring

After a very cold, snow laden winter and a very chilly, wet spring (since March 21, the official beginning of spring), we finally have some sunny and warmer weather. What a beautiful day it is and even though the yard looks pretty bad still with all the winter debris still lying about, there is beginning to be some growth and even a few flowers.

The fruit trees are in bloom and the tulips are doing their thing, which is being gorgeous.

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Tulips from the garden






I look forward to a all that’s coming in the garden, perennials coming back up, blooms beginning to pop everywhere, little tiny fruit beginning to form on the apricot, apple, plum, peach and cherry trees. I guess most of all I look forward to just being in the garden, whether working or relaxing, just being there, instead of shut up in the house.

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Plants wintering over in the house.

Speaking of house, this week all the plants that had to winter over inside get to go back out and the house will return to normal. It is kind of nice have them around us when the winter is raging outside, but enough is enough and the house always seems so much larger after they are all returned to their outdoor places. They’ll be happier and we will too.

Kumquats and Other Plants Wintering Over

We’ve just returned from Arizona where the lemons, oranges and grapefruit are hanging heavy on the trees and it’s the middle of January.

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Kumquats wintering over inside

Here in Zone 6 it’s possible to grow citrus but they have to be in large containers so they can be brought inside to protect them from the bitter cold of our winters.We grow Kumquats and Mandarin oranges in large pots and when it’s nice and warm again they will go back out into the bright sunshine.

They do well inside if there is plenty of sunshine to keep them healthy and thriving.

This spring they will be transplanted into much larger pots so next winter it will be a challenge to bring them inside. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Houseplants For Deck and Patio

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Plants on deck


I think ALL PLACES look better with plants.

This includes patios and decks. Plants create a more welcoming atmosphere along with adding beauty and interest. Sometimes it’s hard to find potted plants or the deck or patio. You can do bedding plants, but if you want something larger, you almost need a shrub or a tree.

There are a lot of plants sold as houseplants that would do very well outside, in the right conditions. Unless you live in the tropics, most of them would have to come in for the winter, but then your house is beautiful all winter. See   Of course, you don’t have to have as many as we do…I just kind of get carried away.

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Young plum tree in large pot in early summer

There are plants that can get tall, and some are medium sized, so you’re not limited to the size of bedding plants or worrying that in a couple of years the shrub or tree is going to be way to big for your area.

Check out these 50 house plants to consider . Learn a little bit about the ones that appeal to you and then, head to Lowe’s or your local garden center and check out the varieties available there. As you check the information tags on each one, you’ll know if it needs shade or can tolerate some sunshine. You’ll know if it needs to be kept moist or can tolerate drying out between waterings.

Some of these plants are long lived and can be a good investment, both for your home or for your outside living areas.

Garden Indoors With House Plants

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House Plants For Sale

I know I’ve talked a lot recently about house plants. I guess it’s because I’m surrounded by them because we have to bring so many of our plants in for the winter.

I know you’ve seen the house plants for sale at the home improvement stores. Some of them can get pretty pricey, but if you’re getting a really nice, large, healthy plant, then it might be worth it. If you care for it really well and it grows and adds beauty to your home (as well as oxygen – see post for years to come, then it might well be worth the price.

Besides the home improvement stores, check out your local nurseries. The selection might be better and the prices might be comparable.

Pay attention to the needs of the plant to see if you will be able to care for it. If it only lives for a short time then it definitely won’t be worth the price.

For information to help you make the right selection check out this post:



50 Best House Plants

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House Plants

Since the cold winter weather has set in, the gardening activities have come to an end…or have they? If you have house plants, then you can keep your green thumbs working until spring and warm weather returns.

If you’re lucky enough to have large windows, which can provide lots of nice, bright, filtered light, then you can grow quite a few different plants, some will even flower in the house. If you need to though, you can arrange “grow lights” that provide the necessary light for plants to grow.

It is nice to have something green around you during the dreary winter months.

Early last December I wrote about houseplants and promised more information. See:

For information on growing house plants and a list of the 50 best house plants, as well as information on each one check out the “Container Gardening” tab at the top of the page. See

I’m sure you’ll recognize some of your favorites in the list and maybe some you haven’t tried before that you might like to grow.

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Our Fresh Air Factory – Bringing Plants In For The Winter

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Plants brought in for the winter

Cold weather is officially here and the leaves are still coming down. The time has come to cut back the perennials, pull up the annuals (after harvesting their seeds for next year of course), dig up the dahlia tubers and bring the tender plants inside, where they will be kept until next spring. As soon as it’s warm enough, they will go back outside. Since our warm season is so short here, it takes plants a while to get started and by the time they are up and growing really well, then it is almost time for the first frost.

I discovered that I can bring them all inside and next spring I will have beautiful, mature plants to put out and not have to wait for them to finally start growing.

An added bonus to this plan is the fact that these plants convert the carbon dioxide, that is produced in a house that is closed up all winter, into oxygen.


Since the houses are kept so tight for warmth, it is really good to know that we have a steady supply of oxygen being manufactured right here in our own home. Seriously though, they are nice to have inside with us, especially the scented ones, because they give a feeling of

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House plants for the winter

warmth and bring a little of the outside in for us. I think they make having to stay inside all winter more bearable and fun.

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Plants on the enclosed back porch for the winter









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Plants inside for the winter






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