Garden Fundamentals - Learn about plants and gardening

Dictamnus albus

Dictamnus albus, by Robert Pavlis

Dictamnus albus, by Robert Pavlis

Dictamnus albus always makes a big splash in the garden when it is flowering and even when it is not flowering it is a very interesting plant with good leaf structure.  Even the star-shaped seed heads are interesting. So why is this plant not seen more in gardens? It is very slow growing and I think it costs nurseries too much to get it to a saleable size. Fashions have also changed and this fantastic plant has been left behind in favor of more modern plants. That is a real shame since few garden plants will match the presence of a mature Dictamnus. —————- Read More —————-

Planting Perennials the Right Way

Planting perennials may seem easy but there is more to it than you realize. Planting correctly will ensure larger and healthier plants in the long term.

Acanthus hungaricus - planting perennials the right way, by Robert Pavlis

Acanthus hungaricus with 60 flower spikes – planting perennials the right way, by Robert Pavlis

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Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashimais, by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashimais, by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema thunbergii ssp. urashima is a great aroid that adds some excitement to the garden. Known as the dominatrix jack-in-the-pulpit, it appears in late spring and is gone by late summer. Its special feature is a long, dark purple, whip-like spadix that can reach 45 cm long, in true dominatrix fashion. —————- Read More —————-

Winterizing Ponds and Water Features

Winterizing ponds is important for anyone who lives in a climate where water freezes. Even in warmer areas were temperatures get close to freezing, you should consider some preparation steps for cold weather.

This post looks at things you should consider before winter sets in.

Winterizing your pond - a small air pump is preventing the pond from freezing over, by Robert Pavlis

Winterizing ponds – a small air pump is preventing the pond from freezing over, by Robert Pavlis

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Fertilizing Gardens the Right Way

Fertilizing gardens is a popular topic and every gardening book and website will give you advice. There are thousands of products on the market claiming they are the best ones for your garden. The problem is that almost none of this information is correct.  Most gardeners are wasting time and money on fertilizer they don’t need. Even worse is the fact that they are wasting a valuable natural resource and polluting the environment.

If you garden, please take the time to understand fertilizers. I know this is not a glamorous topic, but it is very important to the garden and the environment.

Fertilizing Gardens, using correct NPK ratios

Fertilizing Gardens

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