To Prune or Not to Prune

April 16, 2016

One of the most frequent questions we get here at Blooming Secrets is about pruning shrubs. Proper pruning not only maintains an attractive shape but it also keeps the shrub healthy. Pruning helps...

DIY-From Bud to Bloom

March 20, 2016

I may be dating myself but do you remember the Chiffon Margarine commercial in the 1970’s whose famous quote was “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature”? I’m sure...

Livin’ On The Wall

January 24, 2016

Early in my personal gardening odyssey, I accidently came across a distinctive method of growing trees and shrubs. I found a forsythia seedling that had rooted itself at the base of a fence in our...

Mistletoe: Fact vs Folklore

December 13, 2015

Mistletoe, along with other evergreens such as holly, boxwood, and the Christmas tree is a plant associated with the Christmas season and a symbol of the rebirth that will come in the spring. More...

Stop and Smell the Gardenias…

February 01, 2015

When I was growing up every Easter we would go and visit my grandparents who lived in Florida. My grandmother had a shrub that had the most beautifully fragrant white flowers. At the time I really...

Camellia…First Lady of the South

November 02, 2014

Perhaps no flower is more associated with the Southern United States than the Camellia. A quick search of the internet pulls up article after article linking the Camellia to the South and there are...

How to Trim Your Lilacs

May 06, 2014

One of the most frequent questions that I’ve received from neighbors over the years is “why are your lilacs so full of flowers and mine aren’t”? This common question usually...

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