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"A Few Surefire Ways to Bring Some Color Inside this Winter," by the Whistling Gardener

As the temperatures continue to drop, along with all those leaves on our deciduous trees, we are pretty much left with just shades of green in our gardens to look at throughout the winter. For those of us that experience color starvation, here are some ideas to bring the outside into our dining rooms and living spaces.

As the temperatures continue to drop, along with all those leaves on our deciduous trees, we are pretty much left with just shades of green in our gardens to look at throughout the winter.

For those of us that experience color starvation, here are some ideas to bring the outside into our dining rooms and living spaces.

"Bulbs – Mother Nature’s little Antidepressants," by the Whistling Gardener

I think it is fair to say that the dark season is upon us and it seems to have arrived a couple of months early. September and October have both been unusually wet, which always cuts down on my time to spend in the garden and subsequently, prematurely kicks off my seasonal affect disorder, aka SAD.

I think it is fair to say that the dark season is upon us and it seems to have arrived a couple of months early.

September and October have both been unusually wet, which always cuts down on my time to spend in the garden and subsequently, prematurely kicks off my seasonal affect disorder, aka SAD.

"October is the month of change in the garden and the garden center," by the Whistling Gardener

Of all the seasons of the year, fall is probably my most favorite and the month of October is when it all starts to happen (although this year one could argue that fall actually started in September).  The garden comes alive again in the fall and it shifts into high gear in October.

Of all the seasons of the year, fall is probably my most favorite and the month of October is when it all starts to happen (although this year one could argue that fall actually started in September). 

The garden comes alive again in the fall and it shifts into high gear in October.

"What's New for 2020," by the Whistling Gardener

With a few possible exceptions, most of the new 2019 plants are long gone and we will have to wait until next spring to discover what the breeders have in store for us for the 2020 season. As a retailer however, we get a sneak preview and from time to time, if the growers have a crop mature early, we actually get to bring in some of those new goodies in the fall.

With a few possible exceptions, most of the new 2019 plants are long gone and we will have to wait until next spring to discover what the breeders have in store for us for the 2020 season.

As a retailer however, we get a sneak preview and from time to time, if the growers have a crop mature early, we actually get to bring in some of those new goodies in the fall.

"Creating winter interest in our containers," by the Whistling Gardener

I recently read an article on designing with foliage in the garden by a local author, Christina Salwitz. Her main point is that while flowers are ephemeral, foliage can last all season and therefore should be the first consideration in any garden design - be it in the landscape or simply in our containers.

I recently read an article on designing with foliage in the garden by a local author, Christina Salwitz. Her main point is that while flowers are ephemeral, foliage can last all season and therefore should be the first consideration in any garden design - be it in the landscape or simply in our containers.

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