May 24, 2014 |
Plant your warm-weather-loving vegetables and flowers. Although the last frost date is two weeks behind us, it's not too late to add those plants to the garden. As long as you plant by this weekend - beans, tomatoes, peppers, and squash, along with annuals like zinnia, cosmos, and New Guinea impatiens - there's still enough time to satisfy your goals of good eating and plenty of beauty. Cut back ornamental grasses. With all the recent rain and warmer temperatures, clumps of larger ornamental grasses like Miscanthus and Arundo are putting out new growth, seemingly overnight.
February 11, 2013 |
For decades, it's been a rite of spring. You hop in the car, head for the nearest garden center, and load up on impatiens, the best-selling, candy-colored annuals that thrive in shade, mound up like half a beach ball, and bloom their heads off till frost, asking little in return. But this year, disaster looms. There will be far fewer impatiens for sale. Gardeners who do buy them will be taking a risk that experts say isn't worth it. The plants will probably die, and the shade-loving alternatives being offered up may not cut it for many who depend on the easygoing, affordable impatiens to brighten their summer landscape.
February 9, 2007 |
Lorraine Altrichter has already plotted this year's vegetable garden on grid paper - eggplants, sweet green and Italian frying peppers, French and German pole beans, Roma beans . . . And maybe, thanks to all the luscious gardening catalogs pouring into her Broomall home this time of year, heirloom seeds for Polish and Russian tomatoes. Altrichter visited Ukraine last summer and was fascinated by their funny shapes and golden, red and purple fruits. "There are so many different vegetables in this world we don't know about," she says.
March 10, 2006 |
The Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs through Sunday at the Convention Center, is an inspiration to some gardeners, a glimpse of things to come for others, and to mothers of sons everywhere, a depressing preview of yet another garden that will be trampled during the light of day. It's difficult to maintain a garden when you have seven children - seven boys, no less. Such was my mother's fate during all the springs of my youth. My brothers and I made certain that our yard never made the cover of Better Homes and Gardens.
March 4, 2003 |
WITH THE Philadelphia Flower Show under way at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, gardeners throughout the Delaware Valley know that spring is just around the corner. What many don't know is that spring is also waiting at the end of an unmarked truck road in a dreary suburban industrial park just off County Line Road between York Road and the Second Street Pike. Indeed, spring has three secret hiding places there. This traffic-snarled, train-track-pocked neck of County Line Road is the center of a world-class - yet largely unknown - warehouse gardening district.
November 15, 2002 |
On a recent night, Jack Frost appeared and put an end to the blossoming pink impatiens I thought would never perish. The icy coating slipped in and wilted the tall green stems and stole the vibrant petals. After another night, the plants flattened and grew slimy. I donned my garden gloves for the last time this season. As luck would have it, the annual flowers that I planted in one marathon weekend in May managed to last until November. Despite their longevity, not to mention beauty, I grew disgruntled as I bent and ripped and tugged and twisted to remove all the remnants of the forlorn flowers.
August 10, 1998 |
So there you are, a guest at the entrance to a rather fetching estate just outside the city. You are forgiven if you indulge in a moment of imagined royalty, a fleeting second of fantasied wealth, as you motor down the front drive past charming Tudor-style cottages, two greenhouses, a lush grassy field, tall cedars, stately oaks and weeping hemlocks, until you reach a magnificent home reminiscent of Sutton Place on the River Wey near Guildford in...
June 19, 1998 |
You can jazz up your doorway, deck and flower beds using plants in pots without resorting to a single petunia, geranium, begonia or impatiens - delightful as those ubiquitous annuals may be. Plants you can buy now - if you hurry - can fill those bare or colorless spots that inevitably appear in the flower border, and add fragrance and drama to your entrance or patio. You'll need to learn a few simple techniques of container planting, so visit the best nursery in your area, and let your imagination run free.
October 14, 1996 |
Each morning, Edward Everette picks up his wide metal shovel and his battered straw broom, wheels out the red hand truck with the plastic trash can on it, shuts the door of his brown-brick rowhouse and starts his daily tour of the neighborhood. In his gray-and-brown wool hat, old sweatshirt, jeans and black Converse high tops, the towering 63-year-old retiree with the smooth face and broad, lined hands makes his way to Snyder Avenue, keeping his eyes on the ground. He stares at the cement of the Ford Recreation Center playground, and the pavement in front of Exotic Nails at Sixth and Snyder.