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Potted Plant Care for Summer: Water, Prune, Fertilize


Summer is the season when many once beautiful potted plants start to look like they are about to die.

It doesn't have to be this way if you invest a few minutes each week to care for your plants.


Watering, pruning, and fertilizing are key gardening activities during the hot summer months.

If you are diligent, your container plants will look as glorious as the ones hanging on Main Street at Disneyland!

(I'm exaggerating, of course)


Realistically, with proper care, you can expect your container plants to pump out flowers, grow in size, and perform as promised on the plant tags, all summer long!

If you are new to container gardening, these are some essential gardening skills that will help you care for your plants during the summer.


"Potted Plant Care For Summer By Shirley Bovshow" video as presented on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel.





Take a close look at your parched plant.

Does it still have some green leaves and pliable, green stems?


Your plant is still alive, but it needs your immediate intervention!


On one hand, you have a very ugly looking plant that you may feel tempted to toss out.

Not so fast, though; you can revive it!




When the soil in your container garden becomes parched or overly dry, you can't rehydrate it just by watering it in normal fashion.

Parched soil can become a dry, solid mass that repels water, refusing to allow water to penetrate through to roots of plants.


A tell-tale sign of parched soil is when the potting soil pulls away from the inside walls of the container.

Watering soil in this condition is futile since the water simply pours down the sides of the container and out of the drain hole.


Here's what to do:



1. Fill a bucket or trough that is larger than your container with lukewarm water.

2. Place your container inside the trough so that water can enter through drain hole and rehydrate the plant from the bottom.


You may have to leave your container in the water for a few hours or overnight until all the soil feels wet.

Once the soil is rehydrated, remove the plant from the basin and allow soil to dry to the touch at 1-inch deep.

Begin watering your plant in a more regular fashion so that it doesn't become parched again.


Add more potting soil, compost and fertilizer to your container as most of the nutrients may have leached out of the pot.

Make sure to keep a 1-inch gap between the top of the soil and top of the rim of planter.

Now that you've revived your plant, don't let it happen again!




Summer heat is responsible for rampant growth and flowering of healthy plants, which is a good thing.

The flip side is that these flowers don't live forever and look unsightly after blooming.

Once an annual flower blooms, it begins to decline, eventually withers, sets seed, and dies!

This is why annuals don't last very long, but you CAN extend your plant's life by "deadheading."




Deadheading is simply pruning or cutting off the dead flowers and stems back to a node, or where leaves of the plant emerge.

If you remove the dead flower without removing the stem, chances are the seed is still on the plant.

Remove it all so that your plant can regenerate and give you another round of blooms!

I've been able to coax several flushes of flowers on my annuals through deadheading.

Give it a try!





Sometimes a plant looks VERY spent and is a mix of dead and living stems.

Going through a plant looking for the live stems may take too much time and 20/20 vision.

I don't have either.

In situations like this, I do a "hardpruning" of my annual plant, cutting back all stems to just a few inches long.




You can do the same provided you are not at the end of your summer and you have a mild fall and long growing season.






Put your potted plants on a feeding schedule during the summer growing season and you'll be impressed with their performance!

Potted plants are at your mercy for nutrients as they can only access what you provide them.

Regular watering is vital, but it also causes nutrients to leach from the soil.

Fertilize your plants!


Fertilizers come in a variety of blends with different ratios of vital nutrients for plants.

There are organic blends and non-organic.

I prefer organic and like the Gardner & Bloome line.


Look for the three numbers on the fertilizer package in the photo above.

It reads, "3-7-4."

The numbers indicate the percentage of essential nutrients that the fertilizer provides.

Beginning with the first number, the numbers represent the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the formula, in that order.

You can see that there is more phosphorus (#7) in this formula, followed by potassium (#4) and nitrogen (#3).


Phosphorus and potassium are essential in bud and bloom production in a plant and so the fertilizer blend is aptly named "Bud & Bloom" fertilizer.

You don't need to be a master gardener to select fertilizer for your specific need; there are many pre-mixed formulas.

The package comes with instructions for applying the right amount of fertilizer by container size, so you can't go wrong.


What you should be aware of is that fertilizers, even organic ones, have the potential to "burn" your plant if you get any on your leaves or flowers.

Apply fertilizer to the soil, scratch it in, and then water immediately.

Depending on the formula, the fertilizer can last anywhere from 10 days to 2 months. 


You'll be thrilled at how beautiful you can maintain your potted plants during the summer if you practice careful watering, deadheading and fertilizing!



Garden expert and designer Shirley Bovshow on Home & Family Show, Hallmark Channel



Interested in understanding plant fertilization better?

Watch my video below.

Enjoy my fun video about fertilizing your plants.

You will learn so much!























Celebrate Earth Day With “The Power of Poop!”


Hi Friends of EdenMakers Blog!

Happy Earth Day.


I have a special message from a talented and inspiring film maker, Denis Thomopoulos whose mission in life is to educate people, (children in particular), to understand and care for our earth.

Please watch the video trailer and if you like, purchase or rent the video to share with your family.

Proceeds from the sale go towards offset projects administered by Conservation International.


The-Power-of-Poop-Logo by Denis Thomopoulos?

Here's a message from Denis explaining his creative and entertaining cartoon video called,  "The Power of Poop" that is debuting today on Earth Day 2014!



As you may know, there is an immediate urgency to stabilize our climate.

This is a very serious issue I care deeply about — even though — as a cartoonist, I work to make people laugh.


The Power of Poop (and other ways to save the world!) is a half-hour cartoon musical with the big ambition of caring for the planet while having fun too.


I hope you can take a moment to watch this clip.

If you enjoy it, please share, write a review, or even embed the player so others may enjoy it as well.

We can inspire kids of all ages to take actions that make a WORLD of difference.


Thank you and please feel free to reach out to Amy or me if you have any questions or would like to see the whole film to write a review.


Best regards,




About Denis and Hippo Works


Denis Thomopoulos turned a Masters degree from Oxford into an early career working for world-renowned filmmakers such as David Puttnam and Irwin Winkler – only to realize his heart was in cartooning and the environment.


So Denis took a red hippo named Simon he’d drawn for a best-selling t-shirt in college and made him the star of his new eco animation studio, Hippo Works.

Denis has syndicated and licensed Simon along with a host of animal characters to companies such as AOL, National Geographic Kids, Paramount Vantage, SWAPE (Soil Water Air Protection Enterprise),, Con Edison, and Clear Channel, among others.


The Power of Poop (and other ways to save the world!) is his first half-hour cartoon, with purchases of the film saving 1000 sq. ft. of jungle through Conservation International.

His characters also appear on organic products at Whole Foods in Southern California and on an egg sculpture for Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt in New York, April 2014, which is being auctioned at Sotheby’s to raise money for The Elephant Family, a nonprofit that protects Asian elephants’ migratory corridors.

Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!

Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.

I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.

It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.

If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.

You've come to the right place!





Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!


Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"



Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
potting soil
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
2-wine corks
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
pantyhose discards



1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
    Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
    Cut wire and tighten ends together.
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
    Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
    (This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
    Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
    This is the top of your arbor.
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8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
     Top with white pebbles.
Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
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13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
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1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.


Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.

More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow

I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.

Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.



Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas

Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea

Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow


Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow


"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"


"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

Do you have any questions about miniature or fairy gardens that I can answer?

Subscribe to EdenMakers and learn how to create Paradise at home with Shirley!


How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly

Poinsettia Plants for Christmas and Holidays. Do you know how to pronounce Poinsettia correctly?

How do YOU pronounce "Poinsettia?"

Do you say "POIN-SETTA?"

How about "POIN-SETTIA," with emphasis on the long "i" at the end?


Watch Shirley Bovshow in this fast 20-second video,  "How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly" from her Garden World Report Show and see how well you did!


Watch Shirley on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel for weekly gardening segments!


Infographic: Techniques For Easy Plant Propagation

Remove_lower_leaves_of_stem_cutting_for_propagation as seen with this geranium

Infographics are dynamic communication tools for explaining technical information in visual form.

I found one for easy plant propagation that I want to share with you.


Interested in propagating plants?
I started a series called "Multiply Your Plant" that you can watch on YouTube and created a playlist titled, "Multiply Your Plants With Shirley."
Here's a beginner propagation plant- geraniums!
Let me know if you try it and how  well you do!

"How to Turn One Geranium Into Many Geraniums!"






Scary Plants: Giant Pitcher Plant, Brugmansia, Teddy Bear Cactus


Brugmansia, Pitcher Plant and Teddy Bear Cactus are amazing works of nature that also qualify as "scary plants" because of their menacing traits!

My intention is not to discourage you from adding these plants to your garden or to encourage you to throw them away if you have them.

I just want you to be aware of the "darker side" of these plants!


I wrote the "Scary Plants" script for my "Way to Grow" series featuring newbie gardeners Ari and Emma.


Please watch this short, informative, and eye-opening video!


Scary Plants: Giant Pitcher Plant, Brugmansia and Teddy Bear Cactus




Giant Pitcher Plant  

Giant-pitcher-plant-is-carnivorous and traps prey

Nepenthes attenboroughii1. Giant Pitcher Plant



This exotic, carnivorous plant is native to the Phillipines where nature designed it to  be a meat eating machine.






Any insect, small bird or rodent who has the unfortunate experience of falling prey to the Pitcher plants fragrant but poisonous lure will testify from the grave to STAY AWAY!


The Giant pitcher plant secretes an attractive nectar, that also happens to be sticky, making it almost impossible to escape! 


Once the insect or other victim is in it's grasp, it falls through the large 11-inch flower opening into a deadly cauldron of toxic enzymes and acid where it dies and becomes plant food!




 Angel Trumpet- Brugmansia



The gorgeous, giant , trumpet-like, flower of the Brugmansia adorns many gardens and patios where it's fruity fragrance can be enjoyed closeup.


Just don't get too close because all of the Brugmansia parts are poisonous and contain the tropane alkaloid, scopolamine and atropine.


Tropain alkaloids pack a  powerful hallucinogenic and opiate effect that has been connected to scorcery and witchcraft for hundreds of years.


The BAD witch kind!




"Teddy Bear Cactus" Cylindropuntia bigelovii


Don't let the common name, "Teddy Bear"  fool you!
This is no sweet, squeezable plant.
Spoon up to this "teddy Bear" cholla cactus and you'll likely die from fatal stab wounds all over your body!
The name teddy bear comes from the "fuzzy soft" look of the plant from a distance- where you should stay!
The teddy bear cactus is covered by silvery-white spines, which are actually a form of leaf, that are one-inch long and sharp as a razor.
The plant is also highly flamable, so don't smoke when near it!
Luckily for most people, the teddy bear cactus grows wild in the southwest desert and you have to make an effort to visit there.
Not an easy plant to run into, literally!

More Scary Plants: Oleander and Monkshood!

Oleander- Nerium oleander

The scariest thing about the Oleander is that it is a popular plant that adorns many landscapes and masquerades as an innocent "pretty, flowering hedge!"
Not so!
Unsuspecting, curious kids and hungry pets have fallen prey to the glossy leaves, colorful flowers and deadly fruit that contains cardiac glycosides which leads to cardiac arrest!
Home gardener beware of the devilish Oleander!


Monkshood  is a flower with killer looks!
People have fallen in love with the Monkhood's charming and uncommon blue flower color.
Don't be a victim of a plant "fatal attraction!"  
At the end of this "Cupid's bow" is a poison found in Monkshood called aconite which is one of the most formidable poisonous substances known to man.
As a matter of fact, the Neanderthals used the toxic liquid from the tuber of the plant and smeared it onto their sharp arrowheads to kill both beasts and human beings!
Now that you are aware of some "scary plant" facts, please share this "Way to Grow" video and blog post  with a friend!
Hope you enjoyed the special "Halloween-inspired" post.
Way to Grow" Video Series

Garden designer Shirley Bovshow and her two apprentices, comedians Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, take you through the basics with a fun Gardening 101 series.

Shirley brings the expertise; Ari and Emma bring the cluelessness.

If Shirley can teach them to garden, she can definitely teach you!

New video every Friday!

Garden Designer's Roundtable Blog Posts About "Dangerous Plants!"

Read these other articles about "dangerous plants" from members of GDRT:


Rebecca Sweet, Harmony in the Garden

Pam Penick, Digging

Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.

How to Feed Your Soil, Read a Fertilizer Label

How-to-read-fertilizer-label-and feed your soil video with Shirley Bovshow

Learn how to feed your soil and read a plant fertilizer label. Ari and Emma ("bodybuilder dudes" in this video) demonstrate how soil nutrition is similar to human nutrition.


Garden expert, Shirley Bovshow explains how soil breaks down plant nutrients, what the numbers on a fertilizer box mean and demonstrates how to properly fertilize a plant.



"Way to Garden" is a unique "gardening 101" series that blends solid gardening information and humor.

Garden designer and garden coach Shirley Bovshow shares her gardening tips and creative design ideas with two young newbie gardeners (and comedians) Ari and Emma.


Watch the complete, entertaining series and build a basic foundation for gardening and crafting from the garden!