Category: flowers

Holiday Beauty & Fun

Model trains and flowers make people smile, and both are in abundance at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh! Bob More: 30 trains running on a 4-tier train layout Tour of 7 model train layouts at 5 locations in the Latrobe and Ligonier… Continue Reading “Holiday Beauty & Fun”

Green to Halloween

Fall weather has both extended the life of potted flowers on our deck and muted a colorful fall foliage season. Yin and yang. As darkening days remind us that winter is just around the corner, it’s lovely to still see colorful and full-grown potted… Continue Reading “Green to Halloween”

First Frost

After years of observing the weather in our Pittsburgh area, October 10th became the average date for our first frost, marking the end of the growing season for frost-sensitive plants. It also marks the date to bring houseplants indoors. Recently, when I mentioned this… Continue Reading “First Frost”

Its the Beetles!

Along with Independence Day, Lightning Bugs, and the heat and humidity in western Pennsylvania, July brings back the Beetles! Not the singing type, more the chewing type. These buggers are primarily known for the lawn damage they cause, which seems especially noticeable on lawns… Continue Reading “Its the Beetles!”

Pittsburgh’s Best Kept Secret

Packed with beautiful annual flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines, this roadside garden center in the South Hills has it all. Shrubs ‘n Stuf on Library Road (Route 88 in Bethel Park), just south of the entrance to South Park and the first McDonald’s… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh’s Best Kept Secret”

Deadheading Rhododendrons

Seeing the fantastic Spring blossoms on Rhododendrons, brings up the next question, to deadhead or not to deadhead? And probably then, what is deadheading? We’ve been noticing a large number of blossoms on Rhododendrons around western Pennsylvania this Spring, thinking that they are having… Continue Reading “Deadheading Rhododendrons”

Moving Day

With our local weather lady forecasting July- like weather for this coming week around Pittsburgh, it’s time to move my office mates onto the front porch. Before we had all the crazy twists and turns of climate change, I always figured May 20th was… Continue Reading “Moving Day”

Daffodil Fun for Easter

Ever add food coloring to a vase of daffodils? Re-inventing something we did as kids, in this video… Consider adding your own color and twist! Bob

Spring Flower Show

We toured the new Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens ‘CANOPY OF COLOR’ spring flower show on Saturday. Here’s a short video featuring some of the flowers, we really loved that yellow and black Pansy, as well as our all-time favorite: the garden railroad! More:… Continue Reading “Spring Flower Show”