Terrariums

Peperomia & Kalanchoe warm the livingroom in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Peperomia & Kalanchoe warm the living room (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

A good portion of the country is still in the icy grip of the polar vortex, confining the most rugged outdoorsmen (and women) to indoor activities. Why, I hear tell that even the Abominable Snowman, illicit paramour of all things cold, has been seen doing a lot more “in cave” activities. So, what’s a nature loving person to do when outdoor temperatures are only conducive to thawing dry ice?  How about grabbing a few glass containers, some plants and dirt, and making a terrarium?  While it’s not quite that simple, sticking your hands in dirt (albeit potting soil) and getting long whiffs of plant matter might be just the ticket for lifting you out of the winter doldrums.  [Read more…]

Plant Paradise

Einstein Chomping his Herbs in A garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Einstein Chomping Herbs (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I’ve been jonesing for the scent of earth and greenery like every other New England plant addict, and luckily found a place nearby to get my fix; at the home of house plant extraordinaire Tovah Martin.  Upon entering into her greenhouse entryway, I was immediately greeted by rows of healthy, aromatic flora ranging from dwarf citrus (Calamondin orange) to succulents, touchable salvia argentea, assorted begonias, bromeliads and an elderly staghorn fern.  Of course, all of these were mixed with herbs and grasses grown for her indoor companion, Einstein. [Read more…]

Garden Gatherings

Vine covered steps at Hollister in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Vine covered steps at Hollister House (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

This has been the most exciting month for me, as far as garden events go.  A few weeks back, I got to hear my favorite garden writer, Tovah Martin, speak for a local garden club.  She shared photos and experiences from gardens she visited all across the country.  And the lesson?  Why, to do what YOU want to do, break the rules, experiment and most of all-have fun!  I can’t think of a better person to spread the word, and I completely concur.  All our gardens should be a reflection of our choices and desires, and Tovah brought that front and center with great photos of various styles of gardens, structures, designs and unusual ornamentation.  Not only was everyone inspired by many of the ideas, but we all went home with plans to mix things up a bit and throw caution to the wind.  Tovah ended her talk with a quick course on terrariums, which was especially beneficial for someone like me that has a black thumb where indoor plants are concerned.  Minimal watering and no fertilizing, I’m there!  And great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.  Check out her newest books, etc :  tovahmartin.com . [Read more…]

The Importance of Garden Mentors

Native Wildlife | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Native Wildlife (Photo Credit: Kathy Diemer)

If I were asked what helped most to shape my way of gardening, mentors would be on the top of my list. Especially for the beginner-novice, being taken under the wing of a more experienced gardener could mean the difference of a successful garden or series of flops. Not to say you won’t have flops, even with guidance, but they should be a bit less. And you will also have someone to celebrate your wins with. [Read more…]