Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:00

When Is The Best Time To Prune?

Late winter or early spring is a busy time in the garden and pruning is one of those much needed chores.  Pruning at the wrong time of year causes failure to bloom.  Plants should be pruned when they are in their dormant or resting period.  This way cuts have a long time in which to heal before the following winter.  Another advantage is leaves are not present this time of year and it is easier to see what you are doing.  Also, pruning at the proper time can avoid certain disease and physiological problems. Keep in mind, that there are a few exceptions to this rule.  Plants that flower in the spring from buds made the pervious season should be pruned as soon after thier blossom period.

Here is a guide for pruning correctly...


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Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00

In Honor of President's Day

Did you know Thomas Jefferson was a landscape designer?  Yes, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States was also a pioneer in American landscape architecture.  Jefferson designed the Gardens of Monticello for his plantation Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia.  Most of his ideas were his own, but he gathered materials from travelers from all over the United States and other countries.   

The Pavilion

Jefferson was also known for creating the masterplan for the campus of the University of Virginia.  His original architectual design revolves around the Academical Village which remains in use today.  But his greatest impact he had within the ladscaping world was his advocacy of the grid for the subdivision of territory and for rational town planning.



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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:00

National Grapefruit Month

A relative newcomer to the citrus clan, grapefruit resulted from a cross between a sweet orange and a pummelo.  Some say the grapefruit got its name because of they way they grow in clusters like grapes.  But there have been many names for this subtropical citrus fruit.  Originally called the "forbidden fruit" back in 1750, the grapefruit was reported growing in most parts of Jamaica.  Later in 1837, it was given a a botanical name, "Citrus X Paradisi" meaning paradise citrus.  And that's just what it is; paradise in your mouth.  Not only does its tart and tangy and underlying sweetness make this a super fruit, but it is packed with health benefits as well.  Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and fights cancer-causing radicals.  This fruit has also been linked to weight loss, liver detoxing, fat burning and kidney stone prevention.

Grapefruit grows in many parts of the world with warm climates, but the United States is the main producer and consumer.  Grapefruit was introduced to Florida in the early 1800's.  Florida produces 75 percent of the domestic crop, with Texas a distant second, followed by California and Arizona.


Sliced Grapefruit



By the looks of it, not only an "apple a day keeps the doctor away", but a grapefruit can, too.





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