100 episodes

Musings with people in the world of gardening, botany, horticulture and nature. Marlene takes her years of gardening experience, success and failures and turns it into an unpretentious, humorous listen. From organic vegetable gardening, houseplants, bee keeping, flowers, and everything in between -- this podcast covers it.

Flower Power Garden Hour Marlene Simon

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 129 Ratings

Musings with people in the world of gardening, botany, horticulture and nature. Marlene takes her years of gardening experience, success and failures and turns it into an unpretentious, humorous listen. From organic vegetable gardening, houseplants, bee keeping, flowers, and everything in between -- this podcast covers it.

    Listener Q&A

    Listener Q&A

    A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including:
    Broccoli clusters – why are mine loose as opposed to tightly packed Citrus – can they be pruned in winter Asparagus – how to trim Succulents – should they be brought inside during winter Broken limb on a tree – can a damaged tree be pruned during the winter, or is it best to wait until spring Fireplace ash – is there a use for this in the garden  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 34 min
    January To Do List

    January To Do List

    Here in northern California, it has been a cold and thankfully wet winter.  As we are at the season midpoint, here is January’s to do list.
    Prune roses Spray fruit trees – liquid copper, dormant oil Clean up old fruit Plant bare-root fruit trees, grapes, blueberries, asparagus Hold off on pruning fruit trees Plant: Bok choy, broccoli rabe, loose leaf lettuce, radishes, mustards Order summer vegetable seeds Add beneficial nematodes Compost  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 13 min
    The history of holiday plants , with Matt Mattus

    The history of holiday plants , with Matt Mattus

    Have you ever wondered why during the holidays we bring mistletoe inside?  What were some of the plants brought inside during Victorian times?  In this episode, I talk to horticulturist Matt Mattus about the history of holiday plants and how to care for them.  Matt has been gardening since the age of 9 on his family’s historic 1910 Worchester, MA home.  An expert in most aspects of gardening, he specializes in South African bulbs and alpine plants.  Matt has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens, and is currently a contributor to Fine Gardening.    
    Mat can be found at:
    Instagram: @matt_mattus Facebook: Growing with Plants Blog: Growing with Plants Check out Matt’s highly educational books – links to where they can be found are attached:
    Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Listener Q&A

    Listener Q&A

    This is a listener Q&A episode.  Questions cover topics including:
    Cactus – how to remove new growth Fuyu persimmons --  this year’s crop has seeds in the fruit, and in years past has not.  Ideas why? Plumeria – should it stay outside or bring inside during the cold weather Poinsettias – they are not turning red, even though they are being kept in relative dark.  Is there anything that can help them turn red? Bereavement – how do I keep healthy?  There are many different plants on this one  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 39 min
    December To Do List

    December To Do List

    In this episode, I discuss December garden To-Do tasks.  Winter is in full swing, and lots to do.
    Pest mitigation – aphids, cabbage looper, nematodes Plant bulbs Plant vegetables -- asparagus, bok choy, kale, loose leaf lettuce, mustard, radishes Move succulents out of potential rain Smother weeds Plant bareroots  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 16 min
    Orchids, with Shawn Shumaker

    Orchids, with Shawn Shumaker

    Orchid grower Shawn Shumaker breaks down all the do’s and dont’s to successfully grow orchids inside your home… including the number one tip to get yours to rebloom. Plus -- is the ice cube watering method good or bad, what planting media should you use and what should be done to control pests. If you are looking to expand your collection, Shawn discusses other species that can be grown inside just as easily as Phalaenopsis.
    You can follow Shawn at:
    Instagram: @Shawn_shumaker  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

EKBSOS ,

Witty + informative + balancing + restorative

I learned to garden by listening to podcasts while watching my kids play in the yard in zone 9b. This podcast is my favorite because it’s informative and the hosts are funny (especially your email address 🤣). And no ads!!!! Thank you for your guidance and entertainment and your variety of topics. I want to learn it all! Ps your intro is the best I’ve heard hands down. I often tell my husband, “I want you to know that everything was grown in my garden.” ❤️❤️❤️ also I find your podcast balancing and restorative. It feels like home, especially in these times. Thank you for that.

Emily B from Miamk ,

Easy funny informative

Love listening. She gives a great, engaging & thorough breakdown of each topic and always has great guests on. Keep up the amazing work, I listen on my commute.

tine1971 ,

Informative and fun

So full of random information on anything pertaining to plants, vegetable, gardening, peats. I enjoy Joe also, how you bounce back n forth. He seems to be an instigator lol. I look forward to Sundays on Goodday 13. I am more of a visual learner so it sure helps when there is someone who sends in a photo of issue. My summer and winter gardens are doing so much better by listening to your advice. Things i never would if thought of. Keep up the great work.

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