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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 […]


“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 […]

It’s Finally Fall

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 […]

Look for Fall

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 […]

Tune-Up Time

No, not for your car but for your garden. WHY? Right about now, things are probably looking a little played out. Unless you have been fertilizing all along this season, your containers are most likely looking a little tired when you want them to look perky and those plants that are supposed to rebloom don’t […]

Hydrangea Q&A

What a glorious summer for big leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla). They seem to be everywhere! Most of us haven’t seen our flowers since 2013 yet the plants kept on growing. Some gardeners even forgot about them. Now come the questions. Here are some of the most common ones from the past few weeks. How come […]


It’s that time of year again. By now you should be dealing with various garden and landscape pests. They  take many forms: some are invasive plants which will continue to proliferate as a result of our recent abundant rain. Some will be weeds — defined as plants which grow in places you don’t want them […]

Raised Bed Gardening

Why garden in raised beds?  Because there are so many benefits! You don’t need a large patch of fertile land and no sod removal needed. Better control of your soil composition, health and fertility. Better drainage during prolonged periods of rainy weather. No root rot issues and less fungal diseases affecting the roots. Easier to […]
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