Boots fit to keep your feet
When annuals opt out at midsummer
The gardener afield, report from Egypt
Green Thumbs up and down to kids who grow up in gardens
This week's work:
Why poinsettias die
Squirrels direct late bulb planting
Toss a poinsettia
Toss out, or advise someone to toss, yet another failing Poinsettia. So many fail so quickly because they're carried from store to car, or car to home, unprotected. A closed paper bag (not plastic!) can trap enough warm air around the plant to keep its cells from dying from cold during that trip. If the cold reaches it, tips die, leaves die but remain attached and the plant dies a very unattractive, gardener-esteem-busting, leaf-dropping, yellowing death.
The same fate befalls many gift plants, and houseplants moved to new homes in the winter. Most of them are tropical species, so bundle them against anything colder than 40°F. Even a very brief exposure can kill them. More on poinsettias, cold damage symptoms and prognosis in Cold kills holiday plants.
Heed our local squirrels...
...to deal with leftover bulbs
Squirrel watching tells us that the ground's not frozen yet but we'd better get a move on if we've got anything to stash. We'll dig some quick holes and dump in the last bulbs.
Wash and sort gloves.
Once those bulbs are in we're pretty much done with the dirty stuff for the year. We still have pruning to do but for that we can wear our warmest gloves. Most of these gloves we're readying for next year are great for garden work but not so "hot" when it comes to insulating.