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The Future is Green

September 3, 2014 0 comments
Phipps Sept 14

THE FUTURE IS GREEN in Pittsburgh’s famous glasshouse I saw one of the world’s great greenhouses last month when I visited Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. One of the largest conservatories in the world, with soaring, lacelike Edwardian… Read More

Dahlias, dahling

August 21, 2014 0 comments
dahlias Aug14

  As the summer winds down and the garden outside the greenhouse is wan and fading, up pop the dahlias. With jaunty bright flowers on tall stalks, they scoff at the coming of fall like flamboyant Auntie Mame defying middle… Read More

Favorite Watering Tools

July 8, 2014 0 comments
soaker hose flat

Inside a greenhouse, it’s fairly easy to control the water your plants get. Out under the open sky, it’s harder. Normally, by July, I would be starting to tire of the watering routine; the hoses seem to get heavier with… Read More

Pollen, please: Plants paying for sex

June 3, 2014 0 comments
lady bug

In his New York rooftop greenhouse, Rex Stout’s fictional armchair detective Nero Wolfe had three rooms for a wide variety of orchids. No insect entered that greenhouse. But although Wolfe was an obsessive hybridizer, it was bees, wasps and flies,… Read More

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK – Designing gardens with BLING!

May 5, 2014 0 comments
MAY IMAGE 1

Walking into any well-stocked GLASSHOUSE feels like stepping into a world of green. Quickly, your eye will pick out the exceptions to that green — pink orchids, red begonias. But the green background is what provides the overall sense of… Read More

Tete a Tete

April 1, 2014 0 comments
Daffodils

A greenhouse can be an ideal place to force daffodils into bloom in early spring. If the bulbs have been potted in fall and kept in a place that is cold but not freezing, they will have gotten the 12… Read More

STILL more winter!

February 26, 2014 0 comments

Early March is about when I ought to be perking up and getting out in the garden a little. I should be cutting back the dead hosta flower stalks and all the other debris I didn’t get cleared away in… Read More

The year of the science experiment

February 4, 2014 0 comments

It’s time to plan for seed starting, whether you have a greenhouse or an indoor light setup. And it looks like this year, once again, I will be starting my own tomatoes instead of buying grafted plants. I have looked… Read More

Companion Plants from the Rain Forest

January 8, 2014 0 comments

The first time I tramped a trail in a Costa Rican rain forest, while being buzzed by hummingbirds as thick as mosquitoes in Michigan, I looked at a vine clambering over a nearby tree and realized: Hey, that’s a philodendron.… Read More

A Retort for Winter’s early roar

November 26, 2013 0 comments

Winter has raged into Chicago. It was down in the teens a week before Thanksgiving, the kind of weather that freezes the soil like concrete and drives even diehard gardeners like me to the shelter of a greenhouse. I can’t… Read More

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