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Today I’m thrilled to introduce a series of posts written by Patricia Youngquist AKA The Last Leaf Gardener.  This is her second post in the series on winterizing. Be sure to check out her introduction to winterizing, and Patricia’s thoughts on building cold frames. This is Patricia’s third and final post in the series. Here she talks about how to wrap plants bubble wrap and burlap (sounds nice and cozy, doesn’t it?!).

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Today I’m thrilled to introduce a series of posts written by Patricia Youngquist AKA The Last Leaf Gardener.  This is her second post in the series on winterizing. Be sure to check out her introduction to winterizing, and stay tuned for her post on how to wrap your plants. And now, I’ll step aside and let Patricia tell you about cold frames…

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How to Winterize Your Garden, Part One

December 20, 2011
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Today I’m thrilled to introduce a series of posts written by Patricia Youngquist AKA The Last Leaf Gardener.  Patricia gardens on a roof extension in the Upper Westside of Manhattan in New York City, a much different climate than my balcony in Southern California! Patricia knows a thing or two about protecting her plants from […]

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Hellebores Make Great Hostess Gifts!

November 26, 2010
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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 […]

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How Long Should I Wait Before Complaining About My Neighbor’s Christmas Lights?!

December 23, 2009
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Photo by Jenny Peterson The condo association in charge of our new place has all sorts of rules, most of which I see my neighbors breaking left and right. For example, you’re not supposed to hang any planters on the railings of the balcony, but I have seen at least two people doing just that. […]

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Three DIY Garden-Inspired Gift Ideas

December 15, 2009
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I hope there are some hard core gift buying procrastinators like me out there, because this post was originally scheduled for last week. I just couldn’t get all the little odds and ends I needed in time to create these gifts in time. Luckily Chanukah is 8 days long and Christmas is 10 days away. […]

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Beautiful Winter Container Combinations Inspired by Horticulture Magazine

December 8, 2009
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Horticulture Magazine recently put out a short list of plants they recommend for winter pots, so I thought I would play around with how they look together. The photo above features Iris ‘George,’ Primula Cowichan series, and Iris danfordiae. OK, I lied. That’s a double primula in the middle, not one of the Cowichan series […]

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Fullerton Arboretum Succulent Sale

December 6, 2009
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I went to check out the Fullerton Arboretum’s Cactus and Succulent Sale this weekend. Arboretums and botanical gardens are great alternative places to find interesting plants at reasonable prices. At this particular sale, there was an assortment of people selling pups and cuttings from their plants. They were all really friendly and knowledgeable. It was […]

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Grow Aloe Indoors This Winter

October 27, 2009

Maybe you have an aloe plant that was happy growing on your balcony this summer and now you need to bring it inside, or perhaps you’re looking for a useful and beautiful plant to spend your gardening energy on during the winter months. Either way, aloes can be grown inside, so long as you provide […]

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How to Protect Your Container Garden From Frost

October 21, 2009

Temperatures usually don’t get cold enough to really harm my plants until January or February here at the beach in So Cal (and then we’re only talking about the low 40s), but I hear that those of you in the rest of the country start getting pretty cold weather about this time of year. 😉 […]

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