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Ode to Fall

Hello fellow readers, While the official start of fall has begun, the return of heat and humidity after the late summer cool spell has Mother Nature confused. I heard spring peepers the other evening while sitting on the screened porch. And, there’s early leaf drop on certain trees be
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Fall Flowering Perennials

Hello fellow readers, As we approach the homestretch of the gardening season many gardens grow tired. Mine especially so as the poor things suffer from neglect. Busy tending to other folks’ gardens is my not so perfect excuse. Thankfully there are late season bloomers I rely on to lif
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A Steep Woodland Garden

Hello fellow readers, I’ve had the privilege the last few years to work with Stephanie of Denville, NJ who moved from the west coast. She bought a cute cottage in a lake community with views overlooking a magnificent forest that’s reminiscent of scenery on the Appalachian trail. The d
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Sweet Autumn Clematis

Hello fellow readers, One of my favorite vines is the Sweet Autumn Clematis in her glory this time of year with a plethora of tiny white blooms from August through September that looks like a snowdrift and smells heavenly. Once the blooms are spent, a silvery blanket of seed heads fol
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Cicadas sing ‘Back to School’

Hello fellow readers, The sound of the late summer cicadas brings back the memory of the nagging indication it’s time to return to school. The trepidation was more about the nervousness of being in a new class. Once the newness wore of, it wasn’t that bad. There’s much to
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Dirty Dilemma

Hello Fellow Readers, A few weeks ago, we spoke about how to evict ants from a natural stone patio without spoiling the charming moss in the joints. The topic brought to mind how to the clean the stone itself; one of my nagging dilemmas. The presence of moss often goes hand and hand w
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Jackson Garden

Hello Fellow Readers, Fall is for gathering in the coziness of the season. I recently had the joy of visiting my piano teacher from way back when. She’s now a grand 89 years wise. I’m not sure how long ago she became “Mom J” (J for Jackson) but have fond memories of her 80
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Halloween in the Garden

Hello Fellow Readers, I enjoy Halloween enthusiasts who decorate their homes as if it were Christmas with purple and orange lights, cobwebs and spiders. Even smoke machines reminiscent of the disco days. I came upon a house during a walk with Miss Ellie who barked a warning which she
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Dry Fall Intervention

Hello fellow readers, How dry we’ve been!  All summer long we’ve been dry with above normal temperatures and as we move into fall its starting off same-same. The Eastern Pennsylvania Weather Authority (EPAWA), who also covers Northern New Jersey, predicts fall to be warmer and dryer t
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Fall is for Planting

Hello fellow readers, We’ve had a brief hiatus from the heat and humidity, but its quick return has me weary. It occurs to me one of the biggest challenges in the garden of life is limited time. It’s true finding time in the garden is harder and harder as the summer unfolds. I b