My blog site is primarily dedicated to growing tropical and subtropical plants, whether as a houseplant or in the garden

Outdoor gardening

Growing Elephant Ears!

Growing Elephant Ears!

I’m not a dainty gardener by any means.  I love bold, colorful, and unexpected elements in my garden. Each year, my garden looks less and less like Cleveland, Ohio, and more and more like the Seychelles. Tropical plants are my passion, and each year I […]

How to Control Japanese Beetles

How to Control Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles…the bane of my existence!  As a passionate gardener, I’m fiercely protective of my garden.  My tropical garden in Ohio brings me so much happiness, but it is also a lot of work.  Gardens are always under attack by a variety pests, critters and […]

How often should I water my garden?

How often should I water my garden?

This is one of the most common questions I get, and the most correct answer is…drum roll…IT DEPENDS!  It’s not the answer most people want to hear, but it’s the correct answer.  This post is mostly focused on challenges and tips in watering your outdoor […]

How to Create an Amazing Garden

How to Create an Amazing Garden

What makes a garden fabulous?  When you see a garden that strikes you immediately as beautiful, what exactly makes it so pleasing?   I am not a garden designer, but I wanted to share my thoughts on what I believe are very important elements in […]

The Absolute Best Thing You Can Do For Your Houseplants

The Absolute Best Thing You Can Do For Your Houseplants

Although they’re called “houseplants,” we seem to forget that these are living beings that evolved over the millennia outdoors!  Plants are not meant to be inside.  The “indoors” wasn’t even a thing until very recent times in the history of our Earth!  That being said, I […]

Growing Dahlias

Growing Dahlias

My summer garden is not complete without dahlias.  A lot of dahlias.  In fact, I would never have a garden without a few dahlias.  Or maybe 19 dahlias…I planted 19 of them today in my Ohio garden in late April!  This blog post is a […]

Growing Banana Plants

Growing Banana Plants

Growing banana plants outdoors does not have to be limited to frost-free areas of the world. Bananas are fun to grow, instantly gratifying, and can be grown even in colder climates!  I love growing banana plants because they provide a tropical flair to my Ohio […]

Waking Up Your Overwintered Geraniums!

Waking Up Your Overwintered Geraniums!

If you’re like me, you have a lot of plants, bulbs and tubers that have been stored in a dark, cool spot over the winter months.  My garage is turning into the Noah’s arc of plants.  I want one or two of everything!  In the […]

Growing Plants from Seed

Growing Plants from Seed

Why grow from seed? Depending on where you live, it’s either time to start growing your prized annuals or vegetables from seed, or it will be soon!  In this blog post, I will discuss when to start seeds indoors and how to plant a seed […]

Kitchen Gardening – Growing Ginger

Kitchen Gardening – Growing Ginger

I’ve decided to start a series of blogs on Kitchen Gardening.  There are SO many things you can grow from your kitchen!  Many things that probably never even occurred to you.  And I’m not telling you what they are.  You’ll have to keep reading and […]