Tag Archives: gardening

A Rainbow of Leaves: Coleus Plants

Today we wanted to shared with you another one of our favorite garden plants: Coleus Plants. We especially love this plant as it is durable and easy to grow. They are best known for their bright colors, and variety of foliage.

While this plant can survive in full sun, the foliage color tends to intensify in light shade. Also, as your plant grows, pinch the center stems back to help induce bushier growth. You will also want to pinch off the flower stems as they form as that will also encourage more foliage.

Coleus come in a number of shapes and colors, ranging from solid deep burgundies to magenta tipped with lime. With such variety, you can really have fun mixing and matching different varieties together or with other flowers and plants to vibrant effect.

In the video below, Harris shares with you his love for the very hearty and vivacious Coleus plant!

Create stunning landscapes with Dragon Wing Begonias!

Summer has officially started and we are loving all of the bright and beautiful annuals around our pond! Annuals plants, like their name implies, live only a year, but what a joy they are when they are in bloom. Dragon Wing Begonias are fantastic summer annuals because they mature quickly and will give your garden a nice splash of pink or red color. Dragon Wings fill in fast to form a lush garden bed or border that will last clear up to the first frost and always be full of breathtaking blooms! In the video below, Harris shares some more information about Dragon Wing Begonias and how to use them best. So plant some of these beauties and let us know what you think! Just a tip: Dragon Wings do best in areas of partial shade.

Harris’ Tour of The Dads’ English Style Garden!

How have your gardens come together this spring? Harris shares with you some of his ideas for easy to care for English style gardens!

For inspiration, use of Hostas adds for gentle borders or a dramatic effect! Coralbells sport airy flower spikes on wiry stems above low-growing, often dramatic foliage. For us, we feel the use of topiaries is especially wonderful in our historic home, as the art of topiary gardens date back to Roman times.

We feel that our gardens are a reflection of us as yours should be of you. Bottom line, design and plant what makes you happy! But now’s the time to get it done so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer!

 

Peonies forever in our hearts!

For a lifetime of luxurious beauty, plant heirloom peonies in your garden! Give them a sunny spot and they’ll reward you with abundant blooms for a century or more! They are great for cut flowers to add into your home! We enjoy them every spring!

The Dads' Peonies

Peonies are now out of season, but we wanted to share with you how ours bloomed this spring. They are so fragrant, beautiful and romantic! If you would like more tips on growing your own, send us your questions!

 

 

New Topic! Gardening! Harris’ tips on starting an Herb Garden!

Hooray for Summer’s arrival!

Our children and friends have been begging us to share our tips on gardening. As we do LOVE to garden!

The Dads' Garden

Since Melissa lives in NYC, her garden is on the roof. So in this video, Harris shows you how to start an herb garden that is perfect for any rooftop, small garden and outdoor windowsill planters. Of course, if you have a large garden, this works too!

Harris had actually just picked up his new herbs when he received this special request. So the timing couldn’t have been any better!

Here he pots, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, and Parsley.

Watch our video for The Dads’ special gardening tips!

 

If you love our video or have more tips, please share in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you!

Ready to Party! (We hope…!)

Hey everyone!

Dave’s daughter, Melissa, here! I know… It seems like it has been forever since The Dads have posted something on the blog! For that, we apologize for appearing to have abandoned the ship and leave you all hanging!

Well, what can we say? The Dads haven’t been able to blog so much because they have been busy partying! Actually, more like, getting the party ready. You see, The Dads have been planning to have an EPIC BBQ party at their house this Sunday for Memorial Day weekend in celebration of their latest home edition… An outdoor kitchen!

Oh man, can you picture it now? The beautiful cooking videos that will be coming your way?! The background sounds of their waterfall, the birds, the frogs, Jacques running around like a wild animal chasing after chipmunks? The koi fish pond, the vegetable garden and sunshine glaring so brightly that The Dads will be sporting their latest sunglass fashion?

I know I personally can’t wait!

It has been a labor of love. Dave’s brother Don has been the architect extraordinaire designing the additional space. He truly is a genius artist! He has even worked on homes with Frank Lloyd Wright! So you know we are all in for a very special treat!

I won’t tease you anymore with these exciting details… and surely, I don’t want to give away the specifics! You’ll have to just wait and see, post party for the photos!

What are your plans for the 3 day weekend? What dishes are you cooking up? We want to know!

Also, on a side note, you may have been noticing some aesthetic changes to our blog. We are currently testing new layouts to try to make everything easier for you to find. So, drop us a line in the comments or email The Dads at harrisanddave@gmail.com to let us know what you think or what you’d like to see changed!

And hey, if you see me at the party, don’t be afraid to slip me some of your honest feedback about the blog! I’ll be taking notes because you, the reader, matters most to us!

Party on my friends. Party on!

PS
Remember that this 3 Memorial Day weekend is meant to be a reflection and remembrance of those who have fallen in the war. If you know anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one, please give them an extra hug, nod and/or acknowledgement of the sacrifice their beloved has made for us to be able to enjoy our freedom.

 

%d bloggers like this: