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HIGH TIME FOR HYDRANGEAS

July 16, 2018
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From late June and beyond, it’s high time for hydrangeas! By then, your plants – in a normal year – should be flowering. Are yours showing their traditional big blue flowers this year like the one in this photo? Maybe yes, maybe no? Why is that? There are two main reasons big leaf hydrangeas (macrophyllas) […]

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PERENNIALS THAT CAN TAKE THE HEAT

June 13, 2018
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We’re not too far from the hottest days of summer so you still have time to get your garden ready to look its best and survive those dog days. But exactly how do you do that? Add color with some perennials that can take the heat and laugh at those hot dry conditions. If deer […]

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WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOMATO?

May 9, 2018
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WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOMATO? It used to be easy to figure out what color tomato to plant. No, they are not just red anymore.   Now you have a choice: red, yellow, striped, green, orange, even black. And those colors in many cases taste differently to most palates.   Let’s start with the easiest first. […]

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TRIAGE FOR A WINTER DAMAGED LANDSCAPE

April 10, 2018
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Are you looking at a winter damaged landscape wondering where to start? Be heartened – the healing capacity of nature is nothing short of astounding. A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought so much vegetation could have recovered from such a cruel March.  Now as I survey the landscape, I see shrubs that have […]

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WEATHERPROOF PLANTS

March 7, 2018
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From my kitchen window last week, I got an unexpected glimpse of coppery-orange. It took me a few seconds to realize it was the spidery, threadlike flowers of my Jelena Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) . This is the earliest this plant has ever bloomed, surely owing to the recent warm temperatures and abundant […]

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ROOT-A-TOOT-TOOT: HERE COME THE NEW PLANTS

February 13, 2018
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Seed racks are beginning to pop up and their siren songs call me. It’s time to start culling the lists I have been making from those catalogs that are still pouring in. But how can one do that? Here’s some input for you as you ponder your own lists and catalogs. Maybe some will strike […]

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

January 15, 2018
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“Did you ever meet a gardener, who, however fair his ground, was absolutely content and pleased? Is there not always a tree to be felled or a bed to be turned? Is there not ever some grand mistake to be remedied next summer?” This quote from Samuel Reynolds Hole in A Book About Roses in […]

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IDEAS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST

December 7, 2017
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Right about now, you might be looking for ideas for gifts for your favorite gardener. You might not think you have a gardener on your list but go back and consider anyone who even grows a houseplant or two or maybe even three these days. It’s one of the hottest trends around and getting hotter […]

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It’s Finally Fall

November 6, 2017
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This season is markedly different. With the late season warm temps (warmest October ever!), I got impatient to plant my garlic and spring bulbs waiting for the soil to cool off. I was always taught that the soil had to be at least 60 degrees F or cooler. So I dug deeply — pun intended […]

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Look for Fall

October 12, 2017
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Not that I want to say goodbye to summer and all that it brings, but I do look forward to the seasonal change to autumn. Its cooling temperatures, the foliage colors, children running around in cute costumes and hyperactive from too much sugar on Halloween – –  you get the picture. Officially autumn arrived last […]

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