February 2nd is Groundhog Day. February is the end of hibernation for Groundhogs and the beginning of mating season. Groundhog Day celebrates this rodent because rumor has it they can predict the future. Whether or not the Groundhog sees its shadow we’ll either have another 6 weeks of Winter or Spring is right around the… Continue reading Groundhogs and Your Garden
We’ve had quite a bustle in our hedgerow this weekend. After I added an extra bird feeder near the azaleas, the neighborhood birds have been feasting like crazy. Cardinals, Titmouse, Yellow Finch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Towhee and more have made my yard their dining room. Placing the feeder near the hedgerow of azaleas provides… Continue reading Is There a Bustle in Your Hedgerow?
Our Oxford snowstorm coated my garden. I am looking forward to the spring. Azaleas, Rosemary, Liriope muscari, Hydrangeas, a hedgerow and my fave sunshine chairs.
Sea Grapes, or Cocoloba uvifera, are a beautiful tropical plant that is not frost hardy so you can only find it in southern parts of Florida and the Caribbean although I’ve seen them a little farther north. Sea Grapes are used, like sea oats, to maintain beaches and control erosion. Sea Grapes also provide shelter… Continue reading Growing Sea Grapes
Tabasco peppers are small. These are the variety of peppers I have grown all summer and the ones I recently spent time saving from a freeze that hit my area. Although it seemed like there were a ton of these peppers on my plant, I only got 2 cups of whole peppers to do something… Continue reading Pepper Jelly Incident with a recipe
Post-freeze update: the buds didn’t make it but the unripened peppers are doing well and ripening up nicely. So many!! Can’t wait to have them all ripe so I can make my pepper jelly.
We have recently entered frost season. My garden has lasted well into November with azaleas, chrysanthumums, hostas and impatiens still in bloom. My vegetables consist of onions and Tabasco peppers. The onions will last all winter; they usually do, but my pepper plant is huge and still filled with green peppers, and all shades of… Continue reading Saving Peppers