Houseplants are all the rage right now, which is a great thing given that they offer a breath of nature to urban living. Dr. Jacqueline Soule reviews three books on houseplants that might make great gifts.
This time of year nurseries, garden centers, and grocery stores are swamped with the ubiquitous poinsettias in a vast array of colors and sizes. They are nice plants, but for something unique, look for cyclamen (pronounced sy-kla-men or sick-la-men). Either (or either) way you pronounce it – the plants and their flowers are bewitching, captivating,Read moreRead more
Say “C” (Sí) for calendula! It is Cheerful, Charming, and Can easily be grown! We have had a few rainy weeks and cloud cover and as I mentioned last week, I just don’t thrive with lack of light. Luckily for us, calendula (Calendula officinalis) thrives in our Southwest winter weather. Calendula has a long historyRead moreRead more
Plants don’t thrive in the dark. I don’t either. For a while I lived in Michigan and felt like a plant. I didn’t mind the cold and snow, but I really couldn’t stand the lack of light in the dark days of winter. Some time later they coined the term “Seasonal Stress Disorder.” Too lateRead moreRead more
As the holiday season fast approaches, its time plan and discuss if you might want a living holiday tree – be it a “Chanukah bush” or Christmas tree. Pines are found throughout the Holy Land (a climate much like ours), including some that produce nuts – so if you are moving towards an edible landscape,Read moreRead more