Most gardeners leave some perennials standing in the garden in winter, hoping they’ll catch the snow and make a beautiful display.
A growing medium for orchids should help anchor the roots and be free draining, allowing water to run through the pot. The mix materials must also absorb enough moisture and nutrients to feed the roots and hydrate the orchids.
Dahlia tubers that were put to bed in peat moss in the basement have started to send up shoots. Nick Vanderheide of Creekside Growers offers advice.
When there’s a thin blanket of snow on the ground, I’m grateful for every conifer in my landscape, especially those with long soft needles.