While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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A white garden that rabbits won’t eat

My pal Kathy, who recently painted her house a charming schoolhouse burgundy-red with white trim, is thinking about planting all white flowers. But wascally wabbits mow down everything she’s planted in front—except marigolds.

She does not like marigolds.

Are there any flowers besides marigolds that wabbits will not eat? They have even eaten daisies in [...]

Browning leaves are beautiful—to a tulip

I know it’s ugly. But please … don’t do anything with the fading brown foliage of your tulips and daffodils until the leaves are completely dry and brown.

The reason?

That foliage continues to manufacture nutrients to replenish the bulb for next year. Those brief few weeks between flowering and going dormant are a bulb’s only [...]

Pruning made the wisteria bloom!

Whoo hoo! Remember Dixie, whose wisteria hasn’t bloomed? I got this update from her today:

“We found the wisteria with huge blooms forming-WA-HOO!!! You were so right! Prune that puppy and it will bloom!  Also, the ancient rose bush that I cut way back is sending out lots of new shots and setting on blooms too. [...]

Dividing ornamental grasses

My friend Stacey wants to divide some of her parents’ ornamental grasses to plant in her lovely yard. “What do we need to know before we do that?” she asks.

Luckily, ornamental grasses are some of the tougher customers in the garden. The very best time to divide them is in early [...]

You don’t need to deadhead daffodils

Sorry for the long silence between posts, but I have a good excuse. I spent a week in Holland and Belgium as a guest of the Netherlands Bulb Information Center, followed by 10 days in Greece with my husband. Everywhere I went, I learned so much! I’ll be sharing a lot of it here, starting [...]

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