Category Archives: The Winter Garden

Planting RASPBERRIES, Pruning RASPBERRIES

I’ve had raspberries growing in my garden for the last 22 year. The raspberries came my way via my maternal grandmother’s garden. She planted hers in the 1920’s or 30’s. The variety she grew are Heritage. A friend who runs … Continue reading

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Looking at Evergreens in the Garden

Evergreens to me provide the most interest in the Winter garden, and are really the backbone or foundation on which a really nice year-round garden is built. They can be planted along with herbaceous perennials in the garden, to add … Continue reading

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Evergreens are the Winter Interest in My Garden

As much as I like a garden filled with flowers, there is another part of me, The Zen Part, that likes the look of just the evergreens, standing alone, in the Winter Garden.

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Forcing Spring Flowering Bulbs for Winter Interest

The holidays are over and the decorations have all been put away, so now in the dead of Winter, I want a bit of Spring time. To feed my craving, I start a mini garden of Spring flowering bulbs on … Continue reading

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Some Outdoor Christmas Decorating Projects that you can leave up ALL Winter

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I’m all for some decorations that I can put up in late November or early December, and leave up until early March, if I like. Those decorations perform double duty both as holiday decorations, … Continue reading

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Putting Lights on a Christmas Tree…The EASY WAY

Putting lights on a Christmas Tree, for some is a laborious chore. The act of going around and around, trying to get the lights evenly placed can wear you down. For 10 years, I decorated Christmas Trees for the Albany … Continue reading

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Grow a Topiary from an Upright Yew

Over the past 10 years or so, I have experimented with growing simple topiary. Photo 1 shows one of a pair, that I started on old upright yews, that were planted about 57 years ago, on the side of my … Continue reading

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Forcing Paperwhite Narcissus, A little bit of spring in the dead of winter

The winter forcing of paperwhite narcissus, has been a tradition of many gardeners, for years. I started when a friend gave me a bulb forcing kit as a Christmas gift. The kit consisted of a plastic three-sided cup, of sorts, … Continue reading

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