more about: Christmas

Can Your Paperwhites Be Saved?

A faithful reader, Cathy, wants to know what she should do with her paperwhite narcissus. She writes, “I grew paperwhites in water for Christmas and they were beautiful. They are still in the tall vase with their leaves turning yellow. What can I do with them until I plant them outside this spring?”

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How Southern Living Saved My Christmas

Grumpy faced a conundrum. How to pick just the perfect Christmas tree to make this the very best Christmas of all time? Should it be a Fraser fir, blue spruce, Douglas fir, white pine, or a privet bush? And how should it be lit and decorated? LEDs? Magnolia leaves? Ribbons and bows? Candy canes? Grumpy couldn’t decide. Fortunately, the decorating […]

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Five Truly Awful Garden Gifts

There are less than five shopping days until Christmas. You’re really stuck for gift ideas for that special gardener in your life. Lucky you! You came to the one site that will honestly say that sometimes no gift is better than a really stupid one. Avoid these five gifts at all costs.

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Destination: New Orleans

Few places rank as high on the American travel bucket list as New Orleans (NOLA). Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest lead the way, but NOLA also hosts over 130 yearly festivals influenced by the city’s African, French and American roots dating back to the 1700s. Christmas in NOLA still seems to get the short end of the stick so what […]

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How To Kill Your Amaryllis

I think you’ll agree with me that growing beautiful plants gets old after a while. Wouldn’t it be great if someone came up with an easy way to kill them? They have! Now you can buy amaryllis bulbs coated with wax in a rainbow of festive colors! I mean, what says Christmas better than a bright yellow amaryllis bulb destined […]

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Why It’s Dumb to Chuck Your Amaryllis

As I’ve said before, if you toss out your amaryllis bulb after Christmas because the blooms have fallen off, you’re throwing away a very good thing. Want proof? Just look at the amaryllises now in bloom on Grumpy’s front steps. They all started out as Christmas plants.

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Poinsettia After Christmas — Now What?

You loved your poinsettia during the holidays, but (news flash!) the holidays are over. Now your plant is starting to look a little sad. One overarching question courses through your brain. What am I supposed to do with the dang thing now?

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How to Care for Holiday Plants

Grumpy hopes this is the most wonderful Christmas of all! So instead of loading you down with expensive jewelry, silverware, sports cars, and Napoleon brandy, your family gives you what you really wanted — blooming holiday plants. Here’s what you need to know to avoid killing these cherished gifts by the weekend.

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OMG! Look What They Did to This Amaryllis!

Do you think that plants have feelings? Then you might not want to read any further. On the other hand, if watching a bulb bloom its heart out for you shortly before it breathes its last makes your day, do I have the perfect holiday present for you! An amaryllis bulb coated in colorful wax!

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Christmas Gifts From My Heart

With only two weeks to go until your favorite day to shower Grumpy with gifts, Grumpy has more outstanding garden gift ideas for you to bestow on your loved ones. Get your credit card ready!

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