TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Christmas Tree Fun Facts and Folklore

Christmas tree facts and folklore

IT’S OFFICIAL…CHRISTMAS SEASON IS HERE.  LET’S KEEP IT REAL!! Thanksgiving has passed and December is fast approaching.  We are officially entering the holiday season.  Buying a Christmas tree is on everyone’s mind.  It is fun to learn some background facts when it comes to our fresh trees and greenery that we use for holiday decorating. … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Paperwhites

A bouquet of paperwhites

I love paperwhites. They are easy to bloom—and fast! What’s more, they are inexpensive and beautiful. Narcissus papyraceus—paperwhites—are native to the western Mediterranean from Greece to Portugal to Morocco. They are a variety of daffodil. Even though they are a daffodil, they are not winter hardy here in Virginia. They will bloom easily in a … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Poinsettias


We are surrounded by beautiful poinsettias right now so here are some interesting tidbits about them: Poinsettia, botanically Euphorbia Pulcherrima, is named for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S minister to Mexico.  He was an avid amateur botanist who, in the 1820’s, sent home to South Carolina cuttings of a beautiful plant he’d seen … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Holiday Cactus

One of the plants you’ll see almost everywhere this time of year is Christmas/Thanksgiving/Holiday cactus. So here are some interesting facts about these beautiful seasonal bloomers. When they bloom in their native habitat in Brazil, they are beautiful spring bloomers that the locals call “Flor de Maia” or May Flower! Holiday cacti are a small … Read more


Amaryllis just showed up a couple of weeks ago and I’m already getting a lot of questions on how to grow these beautiful giants.  The good news is they’re a whole lot easier than you might think.  There are just a few things to keep in mind. In every grocery store these days, you can find amaryllis … Read more

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Cats and Plants

Today, October 29th is National Cat Day.  National Cat Day was established in 2005 and is sponsored by The Animal Miracle Foundation.  I’m someone who is lucky enough to be owned by five cats.  I’m also someone who has been owned by many cats since I adopted my first cat when I was 15. I … Read more

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