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Annual Color Calamity

Hello fellow readers, I’ve been known to stop in my tracks to take a photo of a beautiful tree, garden, or the magnificence of nature’s inspiration. Then there’s what I kindly call ‘garden nots’ which became a fun lecture topic not long ago. Recently I visited Cape May where glorious
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Castor Beans hide ‘Uglies’

Hello fellow readers, Last week I shared the desperate measure of hacking back viburnums plagued with aphids. Ironically, Betsy from Stone Church PA asked about using castor beans in her garden which is what I planted to camouflage the ‘uglies’ of the leafless sticks while the viburnu
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Desperate Measures

Hello fellow readers, I’ve always thought the reasons to prune are similar to the reasons of caring for ourselves and our families. Improving appearance and health, training the young, controlling size, preventing injury or damage, rejuvenating the old, and influencing bounty. Darren
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The Gall of Cedar-Apple Rust!

Hello fellow readers, ‘It looks like a sea anemone!’ wrote Ruth of Hope referring to the alien-looking bright orange thingy with finger-like protrusions found on a cedar tree. Turns out this two-inch slimy blob is caused by a fungi called Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae (wowee; t
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Yarrow Babies

Hello fellow readers, I love when folks send pictures of their gardens especially when their plants make new babies. Kathy of Andover sent a picture of her baby yarrows. The dilemma though, is she has more babies than she can handle. Yarrow are indeed ambitious plants native to most o
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Doughnut Trees

Hello fellow readers, What a roller coaster this spring has been. It came on like a lamb with highs up to 70 degrees stimulating early growth. Then, in comes the lion of overnight temps well below freezing. Many of the early blooming trees like magnolias ‘froze their faces’ I can hear
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A Cup of Joe for your Garden?

Hello fellow readers, I’m not quite sure what inspired me to start collecting coffee grounds from the pods I once was resistant to use. Coffee grounds are terrific for your compost pile, but I don’t have one because of our resident bear. A while back I considered worm composting indoo
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Let’s start something Wild!

Hello fellow readers, Seems we’re all aching for fields of green with pops of color. This week several asked about starting wildflower gardens. Adding a wildflower meadow as an ecofriendly lawn alternative is appealing. Folks think you just toss seeds out in the field and voila – inst
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Color Fix at Meadowbrook Farm

Hello fellow readers, I had the privilege of visiting the in-process plants for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the Springfest Garden Show. Meadowbrook Farms of Jenkintown PA is major player in propagating plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show as well. My colleague Marty Carson of
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Stealth Orchids

Hello fellow readers, I love questions on things I wish to learn more about. Gloria of Columbia NJ, has enjoyed her Lady Slipper orchid for 23 years. She divided it recently and the twins are now beginning their bloom cycle. However, some of the leaves are turning yellow and Gloria is