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Thanks for Giving Thanks

Hello Fellow Readers, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on gifts we are grateful for. Versions of the holiday are celebrated different times of the year by other countries too. While most folks consider it a secular holiday (not based on religion) almost all religions offer
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Cover your Ash!

Hello fellow readers, Recently I met with Andrea of Morristown whose property is graced with grand old ash trees one of which has died. Dave Dubee, arborist of Greenwood Tree, shared that while the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is getting close to home, Andrea’s ash was not a victim
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“If it’s Hairy you better Ask Mary”

Hello fellow readers, When I was a girl my sister dared me to rub a leaf all over me. Even then I was a plant person and always up to a challenge of ‘I dare you’. The leaf was in a grouping of three and I picked one and dutifully painted myself with it. I bet you known where this is g
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A Cape May Treat

Hello fellow readers, Greetings from Cape May where I am enjoying a fall respite. Cape May is at the very end of New Jersey and has attracted vacationers since the mid-18th century designating it as the country’s oldest seaside resort. In 1878 a fire destroyed much of the town c
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Fall Digging

Hello fellow readers, Jill from Nazareth is confused. She heard that fall is a great time to plant but then found out that there is a list of Fall Dig Hazard trees. That does seem confusing! Paul of Gardens of the World in Andover has a simple way to explain it. The Fall Dig Hazard li

Long & Leggy

Hello fellow readers, They’re long and leggy which is evident from the photo of the garden dilemma shared by Melanie of Newton. She and her husband acquired a lake-side fixer-upper built over a half-century ago. The rhododendrons have grown taller than the house and branches are resti
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Bagworms Baby !

Hello fellow readers, While sitting with Mom outside her nursing home in Virginia I noticed what looked like a crust of bread being hauled off by an ant. I marvel at how much an ant can carry – ten to fifty times their body weight they say. Mom, who inspired my gardening start,
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Willows Gone Wild Part 2

Hello fellow readers, Last week we heard from Craig of Frelinghuysen about his willows gone wild right next to his pool. ‘They’re beautiful trees but cause countless hours of cleanup,’ explained Craig who went on to rant about each stage of his dirty dilemma giving us all a good laugh
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Willows Gone Wild !

Hello fellow readers, Craig of Frelinghuysen admits he has a ‘love hate relationship with his willows gone wild’. He and Caroline have three Weeping Willows next to their pool which have been an ‘ongoing issue’ between them. Caroline, like me, hates to kill trees. ‘They’re the most be
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Wisteria Hysteria

Hello fellow readers, I visited Kathleen and Andrew in Summit and witnessed first-hand the strength of their dilemma literally devastating their deck. It wasn’t in bloom as yet and they admitted blooms have been few and far between. The wrist-thick woody vine climbing from the ground