Have a Holly Jolly Garden November 27 2013

For those of us who live in zones with extreme changes in temperature, this time of year can often have us far from thinking about our gardens. But as we get closer to the holidays, there’s a lot we can do indoors to stir that sense of flowering excitement that only comes from a love of gardening. 

Here are a few ideas to bring your garden indoors during the holidays:

 1)       Poinsettias

The token plant of the holidays, most people can’t keep these living past the new year.

These plants are very temperamental when it comes to the cold. Make sure that they are covered when you take them home from the store, and that you keep them in a spot that gets about 6 hours of indirect sunlight a day.

 You should probably only need to water them 1-2 times a week and make sure when you do water them, that they drain properly and aren’t sitting in a pool of water.

And don’t forget this plant is toxic to your furry friends so keep it out of reach of your pets.

 2)      Herbs

I love to add fresh herbs to my cooking all year long. And bringing the herbs inside for the winter is an easy way to have access to these delicious plants.

 Every year, I take part of my hardier herbs and repot them and bring them indoors to take shelter for the winter. And when the spring comes, I can replant them right back in the ground.

 Herbs I have found that withstand this transfer better than others are Rosemary, Mint, and oregano.

 3)      Cyclamen

  Cyclamen are not only beautiful, but they love chilly weather. They like moist but well-drained soil and conditions that are not hotter than 65 degrees. Treat them right and you can keep them blooming throughout the holiday season and right into spring. Bringing you flowering joy through out the winter.

 Stay tuned for a special holiday sale of Patricia Ann tools! 

Gardening is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. November 27 2013

When I decided to create the Patricia Ann line of garden tools, it was because I, like many other women, feel that gardening is not just my hobby, but it is a way of life.  

The patience and meticulousness that is required to watch things grow, tending to each plant and flower, nurturing each to maturity, and lovingly cleaning the garden at the end of the season and preparing for the next season is not a chore for me. It’s my release from the rest of the world – away from the hectic speed of this new digital world, a place where I can get dirty and relax at the same time.

Because I see my garden as a labor of love and know that there is a community of women out there who share that viewpoint, I wanted to create tools specifically for these women, to provide them with tools that are built for their hands and help them bring their garden to life, year after year.

See, even though gardening can be an individual’s experience, the love for gardening expands much further. We are a community and sharing our successes and learning from our failures is how we get better year after year.

My goal for this blog is to begin a dialogue with all of you out there that share my passion. That live by the mantra, “Gardening is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life.”

I hope you continue to join me on this journey.