Category: Houseplants

Houseplants in a Chicago Window

Houseplants in a Chicago Window
It has been a couple of years since I was seriously into houseplants. Lately it seems like I’m spotting them, take this collection of houseplants in a Chicago window for example.  The picture is not the best, but it is of a window in the Pilsen neighborhood just south of Honky Tonk BBQ on Racine... Read more »

Houseplants for the Holidays

Houseplants for the Holidays
Are houseplants on your Black Friday Shopping list? They should be! Soon you will be looking for ways to make your home or office look more festive, or trying to think of an inexpensive gift idea for the last minute holiday party invitations and the crazy plant lady in your office you got stuck with... Read more »

How to Kill a Poinsettia

I can’t think of a plant I hate more than the poinsettia. My intense hatred of this tropical plant, native to Mexico, has little to do with its association with Christmas and holiday cheer. My hatred of this plant stems from my childhood and spotting it in the windows of burger joints, Laundromats and storefront... Read more »
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Recycle Garden Annuals as Houseplants

Coleus, begonia and “Purple Queen.” Slightly larger pic if you click to enlarge. Frugal gardeners have long known that they can save a few bucks overwintering tender annuals indoors to be used in the garden next spring. Annuals generally live for only one growing season before going to seed and dying, but many of the... Read more »