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Category: Flowers, plants & trees

(Emotional) Wave Theory

The best way to describe my hiatus from writing on NurseDavid.com could be to put it in the context of my recently developed (emotional) Wave Theory. Relax, this does not involve physics.

Micro-Tip Pruning Blades

Precision pruning in tight areas

I started seeking out tools to improve my quality of gardening life. Enter this micro-tip blade pruning shears. These comfortable little shears are fantastic for trimming soft new-growth on my plants.

I purchased these Fiskars shears, but there is no shortage of options in the $8-$15 range. They are comfortable and easy to use, but they do come with some downsides and other considerations.

Flower Update

Oriental Lily

I’ve been working behind the scenes on filling in the Annual and Perennial pages with pictures that have come out of the garden this year. Phase two will be general information on the flowers. Phase three will be an ongoing chronicle of how well (or not) these flowers are performing in Zone 6b.

Please let me know if there is anything that catches your eye you’d like to know more about. Or, if you have any tips, I’m all ears!

-Nurse David

Propagation From Cuttings: Plant Surgery


The crime scene. A coleus in critical condition.

Yesterday Stella, a very large Great Dane (not picture to protect her identity), allegedly trampled one of my coleus plants while frolicking about my back yard.

When I stumbled upon this injured plant I let out a Darth Vader-esque, “NooooooooooOOOOOOO!!!”

The coleus in question is a beautiful fire-like pallet of oranges, deep reds, and purple that provide brilliant contrast to the abundance of green along the fence line. I feel I have just enough horticultural acumen to salvage it.

Holiday Weekend Savings


I can’t wait until this is overflowing in a couple of weeks!

I mentioned yesterday that I stopped by Aman’s Farm & Market to buy a new pot for my African Violet. I failed to mention I saw an extremely cool planter on sale on my way to check out.

Repotting My African Violet


This year for Nurse’s Week I was given the choice between chocolate and an African Violet. I did not anticipate the possibility of ending up with chocolate and luckily received the last violet!

Another thing I did not anticipate was just how well I would take care of it. It was time for a new pot. Off to Aman’s Farm & Market, I went for a new pot and supplies.

Nurse David vs. the Trumpet Creeper

Today I felt compelled to comment on a reddit.com/r/flower post involving the Trumpet Creeper. A redditor mentioned they were thinking about planting one of these mischievous plants. This plant actually has warning videos on YouTube (Thanks, Mike from Plight to Freedom).

Read on to hear my cautionary tale.

Hi, I’m Nurse David

Nurse David here. I have decided to move on from my previous blog, There is Another Way to Live.

Although one of the major themes here will be alternative mindsets, TIAWTL was meant to be a collaborative effort that after almost a year didn’t come to fruition.

Through, Nurse David, I will chronicle my adventure into population heath nursing and all the other interests I have to balance work and life. In no particular order, some of those interests are flower gardening, soccer, music/concerts, shoes, and deviating from any societal norm that doesn’t lead to personal fulfillment.

-Nurse David

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