A DIAMOND glow of winter o'er the world:
Amid the chilly halo nigh the west
Flickers a phantom violet bloom unfurled
Dim on the twilight's breast.
– from "Winter" by George William ("A. E.") Russell (1867 – 1935)
Dear Gardening Friend,
There's been some fakery going on at the Garden Home Retreat. You can see it even before you walk through the front door. In fact it is the front door. Although the door appears to be made of rare Cuban mahogany it is really just Spanish cedar.
This deception was done with the art of faux bois.
Learn more about it in this week's Journal.
|This Week's Features|
Plant Profile: Sunquat
This cross between a lemon and a kumquat is easy to grow in a container and produces a beautiful fruit that's sweet and tart at the same time. The fragrant flowers appear throughout the year and the fruits are great for baked goods, candied or eaten right off the tree. Read more.
These citrus treats are simple to prepare and can be used to add flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
Allen's Mailbox: Sooty Mold on Lemon Trees
"I have searched for this answer with no results at all, so please help. I have a lemon tree planted in a large container; the leaves have a black substance on them almost like soot, black spots under the leaves and little white bugs that fly around the leaves. I wipe the leaves off but the substance returns. What can I do?!!! Thanks." Read more.
Featured Video: Vitamin C
Fresh citrus such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits not only taste good, but they are good for you. In this video you will learn about the health benefits of citrus. Watch video.
Allen's Journal: Winter at the Garden Home Retreat
Making an Ivy Topiary
Broiled Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon
Allen's Mailbox: Small Shade Trees
Featured Video: Boxwoods
Allen's Journal: Every Day Orchid Arrangement
Designing an English Garden
Allen's Mailbox: Seed Collecting
Featured Video: Carl Redding's Blackeyed Peas and Collard Greens
Allen's Journal: Lotion Bars