Joette Reger's archive

Just going to sit outdoors tends to calm my nerves and help me to relax. With that morning cup of coffee outside on the patio the caffeine kicks in and I usually end up with at least 30 minutes of gardening “regular duties” like pulling some weeds, clipping unruly branches or re-mulching. It always makes me feel energized. Studies are showing that gardening can lift your mood, energize your step and actually add years to your life.

shadow

It’s a shame but each and every year I go and buy all of the beautiful colors of mums available at the local garden center; and each year I am astounded at how short of a time they seem to last.  Just look at these colors!  Last year I decided to do a little research to find out what I was doing wrong. Chrysanthemums (mums) are one of the most popular flowers to use in decorating our homes in the fall.  They have all of the colors we love to see in October, November and December.  And they are considered easy to grow!  You can keep

shadow

Blah, blah, blah…. is what some gardeners may say if you announce that you have a part of your yard that you are going use to plant impatiens. These “naysayers” might change their minds after seeing these fabulous mass plantings at Villa d’Este done with a single color, single variety, single flower; impatiens. 

shadow

The movers and shakers in the Jefferson County Master Gardener group have a great surprise for you if you come out this weekend, Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to Jack Brooks Regional Airport. Excitement awaits at the Master Gardener Test Garden in front of the Jerry Ware hangar. The pros will be there with demonstrations and information for your garden. Admission is free. Parking is free.

shadow

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? One of the homes we lived in had a small water pond that I knew absolutely nothing about when we first moved in. But without any attention from me these lilies bloomed and floated on the surface of the water with unbelievable colors and a certain ‘mystique.’ The podiatrist who had owned the home for years and his yardman had done a wonderful job with the backyard, including installing the pond. It wasn’t long until I discovered that there was some maintenance involved, but not an overwhelming amount.

shadow