2007-01-12 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Commentary by Danielle McShane Rockaway Florist


DANIELLE McSHANE
DANIELLE McSHANE We have had our share of warm weather this winter, and I have a pretty good feeling that our bulbs are getting the idea that spring is near. New growth may be forming already, so we need to take a few extra steps to protect our flowers because winter might actually come to visit us some time this year! Now is the perfect time to take the boughs from our Christmas trees, and lie them down where our bulbs and flowers are planted. This is a great way to recycle and reuse the great gifts Mother Nature has given us. We can also add a bit of compost or mulch to protect the new growth.

With weather like we've been having lately, our ground has not been frozen and is still easy to work with. It would be a great time to turn the soil because it will help to expose insect eggs for those hungry birds, and eliminate a good amount of bugs and pests from your spring garden.

Hanging a small bird feeder in your yard will bring a bit of beautiful music your way when the birds come to feast. Fill a small bowl with birdseed and place it in your window box. It's a great way to see their beauty up close.

Take a few minutes to dust off the leaves on your indoor plants. You wouldn't want the build up to clog their pores. Using a soft bristle brush, such as a make-up applicator, or even a damp cloth, gently cleanse the foliage. I have a few tall palms and ivy topiaries that can take a long time to clean leaf-by-leaf. Try to put plants like these in your bathtub, and sprinkle with a cool shower of water. It is a bit more work lifting them, but it will thoroughly cleanse the leaves of any debris in a fairly short amount of time.

Get your rest because we will be back to dedicating those long days digging and planting under that strong sun before you know it.

Write to DaniellesRockawayFlorist @yahoo.com with questions or tips about your garden. Have a great New Year!

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