Question: I recently purchased an orchid on impulse, but I know nothing about houseplants. Can you give me some advice on how to take care of it (the label says Phalaenopsis) and perhaps get it to bloom again next year?
Question: What is winter aconite?Answer: Winter aconite (Eranthis species) is a tiny ephemeral that bears yellow flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Sometimes called wolf's bane, it blooms in late winter about the same time as the very earliest daffodils in zone seven.
Question: The tips of several branches on my Leyland cypress have turned brown. Is this insect damage or some kind of disease, and how should I treat it?Answer: There are two diseases of Leyland cypress that cause branches to turn brown and die on otherwise healthy-looking trees. The most common of these is bot canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea (you can see why they just call it bot canker).
Question: It seems to me that I have an unusually large number of spiders in my garden. Should I be concerned?
Answer: Having numerous spiders in your garden should be seen as a good thing, and not something to be concerned about. The main downside is the somewhat unpleasant experience of walking into the webs and getting the silk smeared all over your face.
This time of year, perhaps the most prominent spider we see in our gardens is the yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia), also known as the yellow garden spider, yellow orb weaver or zipper spider.