The tools? Paper, pencil, measuring tapes, and because the ground's frozen state will not allow me to drive stakes in as markers, a willing husband. He held one end of the measuring tape while I held the other and carefully recorded each measurement for later use.
Hey all Connecticut gardeners, this weekend is your chance to get a taste of spring at the 29th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. It's held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford through Sunday February 21. I spent a day there, accompanied by my very accommodating husband, and my wanders through the various displays gave me just the mood lift winter weary gardeners need about now.
Coleus, dressed in orangey reds, or deep maroons and bright greens, or solid limey green; any way you look at this group of plants you must admit they are foliage fashionistas There are varieties for sun, shade, and anything in between. Some are tall, others short, and the amazing range of colors from the ever increasing varieties allows just about anyone to use them in gardens and containers – I do both. Coleus are easy to start from cuttings or seed – I do both. Plus, they make good houseplants for all the northern gardeners – like me – who crave color during winter months. Coleus adorn my kitchen windowsill (bright light but no direct sun) most of the year. In late summer, I load fresh cuttings into vases of water and wait for them to root. From rooted cuttings they become small potted plants. Some years they adorn window sills all around the house, other years I manage to save just a few – usually depending on how I'm able to control aphids – but most often you will find my sills holding a coleus collection.