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February 20th, 2013 - Winter Chores

Winter Chores

Yes, its that time of year to get out in the yard and do your winter chores. The weather is perfect to go ahead and prune back your roses. When it comes to shrub roses (like Knock Out roses) I prune back mine to about half. Some varieties such as floribundas and granifloras can be cut back to about 18 inches from the crown.

Don't forget to cut make your liriope and spireas. Also certain varieties of hydrangeas need to be pruned back as well. Pee Gee, Tardiva, Limelight, etc. need to be pruned back each winter to about half their original size. The old fashion mop tops require no pruning unless they are getting to large for their area. But you will want to cut out the weak and dead stems from the interior of these plants. This will help with air flow thus preventing diseases and will add in new growth. With new growth comes more flowers.

Don't forget to also rebark your flower beds. I prefer hardwood mulch. Mulch will add nutrients to the soil as it decays, conserves moisture, prevents weeds, and looks great and fresh.



Colorful Indoor Foliage

Now that Valentine's Day is over, soon your fresh flowers will be done and your house void of fresh color. Did you know that there are so many different varieties of houseplants that not only provide fresh and vibrant foliage to cheer up any drab room, but they are easy to grow. If you like English ivy then tree growing the Neon Algerian Ivy. These babies have very large leaves and their new growth is bright lime green. This in contrast to the older dark green foliage makes for a spectacular display. Speaking of neon...try the Neon Pothos. This plant actually looks like a lime green potato vine but for indoors.  

You can't forget about bromelids, the Limelight Craigii, and even soft ferns add color and texture. But if size matters and if you are limited to an apartment, then grow some "Ittie Bittie" foliage plants. They come in 2 inch pots and are so cute...


February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

February 6th, 2013 - Hardy winter plants and Valentine's Gifts - watch now

January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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