Garden Help Desk

Force Winter Branches to Enjoy a Burst of Spring

Kim EllsonJan 15, '21

Forcing branches allows us to enjoy a burst of color and brighten up our homes in the middle of winter with materials from our own garden. We all keenly await the arrival of spring in those cold and dark winter months, and although we cannot change the seasons, we can...

How to Care for Your Poinsettia

Kim EllsonDec 16, '20

I recently gave a friend a beautiful Poinsettia plant and her first response was ‘Well, I will probably have this for all of 3 days!’.  When I asked her what she meant she replied that she always managed to kill Poinsettia plants in record time.  Now granted, 3 days might...

The Magic of Flocked Trees

Kim EllsonNov 24, '20

Flocked Christmas trees, a vague reminder of the past or a current day trend?  Numbers seem to reflect an increase in popularity as more and more people seek out these once popular trees.  For many of us flocked trees bring back memories of our childhood, warm and fuzzy memories, happy...

Autumn Garden Chores

Kim EllsonOct 27, '20

Autumn is the ideal time for carrying out an array of tasks.  Lower temperatures and increased rainfall both provide ideal conditions for planting trees and shrubs, as reduced heat and drought stress will ensure new plantings can get established.  The sooner you plant, the longer your plants will have to...

Fall Color with Natives

Kim EllsonSep 19, '20

We gardeners all long for one last burst of color to enjoy before winter arrives. Why not try looking to native plants for both color and vital wildlife services this autumn. For autumn we tend to reach for those cultivated favorites we have come to know and love: mums, pansies, asters, ornamental kales, cabbages,...