Rose Pruning Deja-Vu

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” ~ Yogi Berra Have you ever experienced déjà vu and wondered: was that true déjà vu or have I actually done the exact same thing at the same time last year? My rose pruning, is a ritualistic Rite of Spring. The ‘Rite of Continue Reading

Living Christmas Trees | Red Roses | The White House Historical Assoc. Christmas Ornaments

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays

  Norfolk Pine A Living Christmas Tree The White House Historical Association creates and sells an ornament each year to commemorate how presidents through the years have celebrated Christmas in the White House. One of my favorites is the 2003 White House Ornament. It’s a boy on a rocking horse. Continue Reading

The Keys to the Gardening Kingdom, at the IGC Show

Star Roses & Plants Conard - Pyle Executives pictured with Susan Fox at IGC Show

What do you think is the key that will draw people to your event? The Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show was held last week, at Navy Pier on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where it meets the Chicago River. IGC Show Founders, Publishers, and Executive Directors Jeff and Cheryl Continue Reading

Plant Zone Defense

It’s time to think about winter plant protection. Last year while in USDA plant hardiness zone 7B, Plano, Texas “Oui” showed you how to build a green house for $142.00.  That’s how “Oui” protected our potted plants from a fairly severe Texas winter, http://www.gagasgarden.com/?p=135. Now in Illinois, the plant zone Continue Reading

I Believe I Can Fly | Or Free Fall

By now many of you know Michael is my son. He is, simply stated a blooming genius. Did you notice the subtle plant tie-in with the addition of blooming? I like to remind Michael of a valuable piece of archival reference material that I have savored for years. It’s an Continue Reading