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Every Garden Needs A Bluebeard In It

Last week I pontificated about the merits of the genus Hibiscus and the fact that it is among the very few shrubs that bloom late into the summer. There are a handful of other summer-blooming choices that don’t come in quite so many variations but are just as reliable and dare I say, essential to […]

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August Is Hibiscus Month In My Book

Let’s face it, there aren’t a whole lot of shrubs that bloom in August… Of the few players that actually come into bloom this time of year, hibiscus are on the top of my list….

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6 Steps To Successful Summer Planting

Now that the summer weather has arrived, it never fails that someone will ask me: “Can I still plant now or should I wait until the fall?” For the record…

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In Search Of The Coveted Dark-Leaved Hydrangea

There are lots of wonderful July blooming shrubs that you can choose from when it comes to adding color and excitement to your yard, but probably the most popular one of all is the hydrangea – in all of its many variations…

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The Need To Weed

There is an old expression attributed to Aristotle, “nature abhors a vacuum”, that basically means every space in nature needs to be filled with something. It would serve us all well to remember this when it comes to controlling weeds in our gardens…

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Goodbye June Gloom, Hello Sumer-Blooming Perennials

It seems a bit trivial to complain about the weather considering all the political upheaval, pandemic, and social injustices that currently abound in our world, but the plain truth is that gardeners live and die by the weather, and to that end, June 2020 will go down in the record books as a real stinker. […]

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Dealing With Mosquitos In The Garden

Now that summer has arrived and we are spending more time out in our yards, it is becoming increasingly apparent that at certain times of the day we are not alone. By that I mean that the mosquitos are out in force and looking for some sustenance. Here are some techniques and more specifically, some […]

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The New Garden: Chapter 1…

Last year my wife and I decided it was time to move out of our 80+ year old farm house and into a cozy home that seemed like a perfect fit for us. We thought we could move in and not have to worry about much of anything for quite a while. Of course, that […]

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Feed Them And They Will Grow

Now that the frenzy of May plant-buying is behind us, I always wonder just how many of those beautiful Mother’s Day baskets and pots full of flowers are actually still alive. Or once the thrill of the purchase is gone, how many have at least been neglected to the point of near death? You see, […]

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