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"Just say 'no' to boring gardens," by the Whistling Gardener

The Whistling Gardener gives us a list of plants he thinks we should have in our gardens to keep them from being boring. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Okay folks, here’s the deal. There isn’t a day that goes by that a customer doesn’t come into my garden center and ask me how they can achieve year around interest in their garden. My reply is always the same: “Come to the garden center once a month and buy something that looks interesting to you and in 12 months you will have year ‘round interest in your garden.”

"Yup, It’s that time again for my Monthly Check List," by The Whistling Gardener

The Whistling Gardener shares his thoughts on what to do in the garden this month. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Yup, It’s that time again for the Whistling Gardener's Monthly Check List. I know what you are thinking: can’t this guy just kick back for a month and give us a break? No need to get too worried, January is a pretty laid back month for the garden. Here are some thoughts to ponder:

"New Year’s Resolutions for the 'real gardener' (that will never happen)," by the Whistling Gardener

Happy New Year from the Whistling Gardener. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I first penned this piece, "New Year’s Resolutions for the 'real gardener' (that will never happen)," in 2001 and 15 years later it still feels relevant. It’s encouraging to know that the true attributes of a “real gardener” haven’t changed. Enjoy!

"Good news – the days are now getting longer," by the Whistling Gardener

Hellebores are great little winter bloomers! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

December 21st is what we officially refer to as the Winter Solstice. This day has the ignominious distinction of being the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere). This day is synonymous with coldness and darkness and dormancy but it is also associated with celebrations of renewal and hope and generosity and introspection. It is the beginning of the return of the sun.

"It is better to give than receive," by the Whistling Gardener

The Whistling Gardener shares some of his favorite gift ideas for the gardener in your life.  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Truly, I say unto thee, it is better to give than to receive, especially when it comes to gifts for the gardener. There is no better feeling than sharing the joy for a special plant or tool or book with a fellow gardener knowing or at least hoping that the recipient will derive as much pleasure out of the gift as you have received owning the very same thing.

"Yikes, my Dogwood is Blooming and other Random Thoughts," by the Whistling Gardener

Mixing and Matching in containers is so much fun! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Several customers have shared with me recently that some plants in their yards are all of a sudden blooming out of season and they want to know why and if they should be concerned. It is not uncommon for plants to sport a few blooms in the fall and it is usually caused by the simple fact that fall weather and day lengths are similar to spring.

"Putting the garden to bed," by the Whistling Gardener

Halloween is just around the corner. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

First off let me say that I don’t like the expression “Putting the garden to bed” because it sounds so final. The fact is that there are still plants out there that are wide awake and believe it or not, there are some plants that react to winter with renewed energy. But there are some specific tasks that we can do to prepare for the winter.

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