Category Archives: Horticulture Tips

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Book Review “The Allergy Fighting Garden” by Thomas Leo Ogren

The Allergy Fighting Garden Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

 

This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com .   This book was written by Thomas Leo Ogren, 2015 and edited by Lisa Regul of Ten Speed Press.

ken cherrysThomas has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science with an emphasis on plant flowering systems and their relationships to allergy. He is the creator of (OPALS) or Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.  He has been a teacher, business owner, landscaper, has been on TV. He has written many books and articles about plants and allergies. His whole career has been given to helping those with allergies. Continue reading

GROUND HOGS DAY

As told by Tree Frog:

It is only One (1) more days until Groundhogs Day, so what. Why silly people have been using a Ground Hog or whateverFrog small 2 they can find to predict the coming of spring and fresh flowers. Their guesswork is based on years of practice and refining. A tradition from the Pennsylvania German as it’s called Grundsaudaag or Murmeltiertag is celebrated on February 2.  If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. Continue reading

END OF 2015 START OF 2016

To my many friends Lilac winter small2;

This is an ending picture of the year; it is tribute of lilacs of past spring and the consideration of next spring’s blossoms to come. I hope youall (southern term) have had a grand 2015 and will have an enormous 2016.

I hope 2016 will bring me time and energy to write more and take more incredible photos so I can share with my friends.

Once again have Happy 2016.

GLADIOLAS

GLADIOLAS

Gladiolas Pink

Gladiolas Pink

Gladiolas or Glad’s as some people call them are a great summer bulb. Their attractiveness has diminished in the last decade or two. They were highly used as a cut flower in massive bouquets.  They are not winter hardy and have to be dug and stored over the winter and planted the following year. As it is not a native and the time involved to grow them many a Gardner has chosen not to grow them.

If you grew them this year it is the time to dig them and store in a 45. degree non lighted area.  Do not let them freeze.

However this all said they are a glorious addition to a garden and are a great cut flower. Look now for some great looking colors for next spring.

© www.gardeningwhisperer.com 2015

History of Bees

Bee History

Bee & Milkweed vine smallWe are in the dog days of summer and many summer flowers are the stopping off place for many insects that also enjoy the summer flowers. Bees are looking for pollen and nectar that help maintain and build their hives over the winter. Honeybees are one of the first animals that were domesticated by man. Honey and bees wax have long been a sought after products by man. These little work horses are good at turning pollen and nectar into a food fit for Kings and the wax was used for many things. It does not go bad without refrigeration and stays good for some time.  It was also fermented to make mead a drink talked about in ancient times used by Vikings and Roman Gods.  The wax used as preservative and a source for light. Continue reading