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November 2010

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I’ve been reading through my review copy of The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack. It’s a great introduction to hostas, with a focus on plants that form clumps less than 15 inches tall, and some as small as 6 inches tall. The really great thing about the hostas featured in Little Hostas is that they are all well-suited to container gardens, some practically require it.

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I have a new post up over at Fiskars.com. It’s about making a gift basket filled with beautiful hellebores to give to your holiday hosts:

Starting with Thanksgiving right through New Years, November and December are filled with holiday parties. Of course, you are a thoughtful guest, and you always bring something special and beautiful to give to your host or hostess. Right? Well, if you’re looking for a gift idea for a hostess who loves flowers or gardening, why not say “thanks” with a basket of hellebores? Word on the street is that they’re the de rigeur gift in Europe.

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See You After Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2010

I’m in the midst of finishing up projects like this in the last few weeks before my book is due to my publisher. I need to take a break from blogging so I can dedicate 100% of my time to finishing it on time. So, what is that picture up there? Remember when I was […]

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Container Gardening Journal

November 12, 2010

I’ve tried out several names for this series of posts and none of them really do it for me. I’m going to try calling the links and little tid-bits of info I like sharing with you all my “journal.” We’ll see if that sticks. My Favorite Recent Garden Blog Posts… Gen has a fascinating post […]

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Cheery Flowers for a Cold, Blustery Day

November 10, 2010
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Simple, Edible Fall & Winter Container Idea

November 8, 2010
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Lacinato Kale is sometimes called “Dinosaur Kale,” and for good reason. The beautiful, blue-green, crinkled leaves can reach 2-3 feet tall. Plop one of these edible kales into the center of your pot and surround it with red (and/or white) cyclamen and you’ll have a eye-catching container to set near your garage or front door. […]

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Ladybugs Love Container Gardens!

November 3, 2010
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These are photos I’ve snapped of ladybugs in my own container gardens, and those of clients or friends. I would say that ladybugs really love container gardening (especially when the garden includes dill!) as much as people do! Do you ever see ladybugs in your garden?

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Check Out My Article on Fiskars.com About Creating Succulent Containers

November 2, 2010
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Unlike most of the country, some of the hottest days of the year are still yet to come for Southern California and the rest of the Southwest. Hot, dry winds are brutal on plants, but especially those growing in containers. They dry out plants faster than the plant can draw up water through its roots, […]

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