Sunflowers and Elephant Ears

What the sunflower is to the plains of America, elephant’s ear is to the rain forests of tropical Asia. Depending on whether your outlook is artistic or gastronomic, you will look at a sunflowe...

Plant Food: the basics

No area of horticulture is wrapped in a greater mystery or filled with more confusion and misinformation than fertilization. Some people are fairly obsessed with the idea of “feeding their plan...

Kids entertained with planting seeds

Spring is traditionally heralded as the best season for planting seeds, but autumn is an equally propitious moment for this activity.In fact, you can create a new garden – by starting plants fr...
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'

Janet Craig, queen of indoor plants

Does anyone out there know Janet Craig?  She is undoubtedly a woman of distinction. Dracaena deremensis  ‘Janet Craig,’ named in her honor, was introduced to the nursery trade scarcely mo...

G-d is in the Insects, too

Anyone who doubts the existence of a ubiquitous, protective, yet invisible presence in the universe should consider the phenomenon of parasitic wasps. Parasitic wasps, a group of which could stand to...

Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs

The ginger lily is a plant whose relative obscurity is matched only by its beauty and reliability in the garden. As is so often the case with plants, ginger lily is a misleading name; this species is...

Abundant Harvests from Mountain Tops

Psalm 72 foretells the Messianic age, when heretofore imaginary phenomena – such as universal peace and prosperity – will become real, replacing the strife and poverty the world has known...
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red bird of paradise

To track down poinciana plants, you would have to journey into Madagascar, the West Indies, Uruguay or tropical Mexico. Or you could visit the front of an office building opposite Taft High School on...

Dead Snails Leave No Trails

If misunderstanding is the source of fear, long-dreaded garden pests will be regarded with affection after reading  “Dead Snails Leave No Trails” (Ten Speed Press). Loren Nancarrow and Ja...