New Cactus Orchid (Queen of the Night) Blooms

June 28, 2010

Last night we caught two new blossoms opening up on our Cactus Orchid – also called Queen of the Night. We missed the first one the night before because we were in San Diego. These two blossoms were hanging way over the balcony, but I got a good shot of them. Here is the picture:

Here is another informational page by Glenn Rice in Missouri.

Check out my other cactus orchid blog notes on 🙂

Home Gardener Gift Ideas

December 22, 2009

The Long Beach Press-Telegram had a great article by Meredith Grenier with suggestions for gifts and stocking stuffers for home gardeners. Hint! Hint!

Gardening with Kids

July 20, 2009

One major activity I looked forward to with my Grandma was working in her wonderful gardens. She taught me how to plant seeds and take care of the seedlings. She taught me how to thin out and transplant the little plants. She taught me to know the difference between weeds and flowers. She taught me how to recognize a vegetable plant by its leaves. I learned patience in harvesting at the right moment. I learned joy in arranging flowers in vases. Gardening was definitely an every day activity to her that was magical to me.’s article is a how-to to provide the same experience to your kids and grandkids.

Dry Creek Garden in Reno, NV has some fun ideas for different gardens for the children to plan.

The Colorado Master Gardeners website also has great information.

The University of Illinois Extension has a guide as well.

Gardening Moments With Your Kids

May 16, 2009

Check out the Kid’s Gardening website for ideas to make gardening moments to share with your kids or grandkids. The Parents’ Primer is the Family Resource Room feature for this month. From the site: “find out how to engage your children in outdoor explorations that cultivate their love of plants, gardening, and the environment.” The first resource of the Parent’s Primer is age expectations for what kids get out of ‘gardening’ depending on their age group. Just as Michelle Obama created the White House Garden with school children, you could have your own special garden to share with your favorite kids. Interesting aside: Two bee hives will be part of the organic White House Garden plan!

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