November2015 Archive:

Dead flowers and cold rain
Doug Oster

A soft, cold rain fell on the garden which is my favorite time to work out there. It’s quiet, beautiful and no watering is needed after planting. There’s something about flowers and foliage covered in droplets of fall rain that is wonderful. The mild start to winter has provided time to finish getting things in

The Thanksgiving Cactus!
Doug Oster

The bright red flowers of a Christmas cactus are always a surprise on the windowsill this time of the year, although I don’t know why. Mine is always flowering at either Thanksgiving or Easter. Regardless, the flowers are spectacular and are triggered by day length. When the light is just right, the plant puts on

First frost comes late, but the garden still thrives!
Doug Oster

As the sun rose, the hinged plastic skylights which cover the kale, lettuce and mustard greens in the coldframe were pure white, frozen from temperatures dipping to the 20’s. I can’t remember when the first arrived this late in the season. Although unprotected tender plants can’t take the cold, I’m going to enjoy flowers and

Beautiful Seeds: Fall Reveals What’s Left After Flowers
Doug Oster

Just because a plant is done blooming doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. Seeds and their pods can add another season of interest to plants. They’re an important part of the ecosystem too. The seeds help the plant procreate and can be a great food source for wildlife. By letting plants go to seed, we’ll hopefully

A love of sharing plants from a lifetime in the garden
Doug Oster

  Rocky Franciscus of Carrick has the back of his old red Bronco full of red twig dogwood and curly willow starts. He met me on the South Side to share the plants. The dogwoods are potted up in soil and the curly willow are just pushing out green sprouts as they sit in a

Join Doug on a trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies
Doug Oster

This is a trip for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Gardeners will love Butchart Gardens and others we will discover. The trip visits Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, Banff and more. We’re staying in some of the most luxurious hotels, take

Indian Summer Provides Beauty and More Time to Garden!
Doug Oster

It’s November and there are still impatiens and peppers in the garden, when is the last time that happened? My garden was barely kissed by a frost, only taking a few coleus plants. Although many plants are slowing down, some going to sleep and others standing tall, it’s a great time to explore the garden.