Archive | 9 August 2012

Better Late Than Never


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Summer 2011 is so late this year…. but better late than never!
The sunflowers, dahlias and individual colorful array is happening all around here in Palo Alto now end of August…..
Much to enjoy and fun every new day to see what is arriving.
Dahlias are blooming —yet still a few more to come into bloom.

Frequently visiting are Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and birds of all sizes galore!!

Oh it is delightful to sit on the covered porch couch and watch the activities these busy flying creatures.

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Trying Something New in the Miniature Garden


Click here to contact SoundEagle (Web Administrator and Designer)SoundEagle says: Thank you, Janit. I can’t agree with you more on those issues. Sometimes we just have to admit defeat as there can be circumstances and factors beyond our control or expectation. For example, I have had to give up trying to grow cyclamen, heuchera, certain succulents, Thuja Reingold and some miniature ornamental conifers as they invariably suffer from irreversible decline during and after the humidity and heat of subtropical summer. 😦

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Trying Something New in the Miniature Garden

“My plant is turning brown and getting leggy, it was fine before
I got hold of it, what am I doing wrong?”

It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out learning to garden, or if you’ve been gardening for twenty years, some plants can be tricky to learn how to grow. In our Miniature Garden Center, we normally test each plant for resilience, which is why you won’t see much changes in our core inventory of true miniature trees, shrubs and bedding plants.

We have a customer that buys 5 or 6 of each plant, knowing that she will lose a couple of them while learning what the plant Miniature Gardening with TwoGreenThumbs.comneeds. “One will die right away because I’ll try to grow it in the wrong place… “ She was quite funny and surprisingly quite serious. This is indeed extreme. The garden maxim, “Right…

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Container Gardening Part II: Shopping Guidelines


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InContainer Gardening Part I: Available Choices, I shared the types of pots offered. Here are some helpful tips to consider before you go shopping:

Size:  Roots need air circulation and plenty of soil for adequate root growth. Annuals don’t need as much soil as perennials but all plants need plenty of oxygen. Vigorous growers require repotting more often but don’t overwhelm plants in a huge pot. It will look unbalanced. A reputable nursery person can help you pick the right size for your plants.

Drainage:  All planters must have drainage holes. Even if you are putting a potted plant with holes inside a decorative planter don’t let it sit in the accumulated water at the bottom. Place an inch of gravel at the bottom of the decorative planter so the inserted pot sits above the water. Empty the water as needed.

Weight:  Consider the heaviness. Do…

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