Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog

The Empress

Hello Fellow Readers, I visited William and Sarah of Bangor and admired a tree that I had never seen. They called it a Paulownia Tree (pronounced Pa-loan-i-a); Paulownia tomentosa is the Botanical name and is native to China. It’s also known as Princess or Empress Tree and I can see w
Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone, Bulb choices to extend the bloom, Garden Tips

Extend the Bloom Bulb Choices

Hello Fellow Readers, Stephanie from Denville wrote ‘I’m so excited! I ordered a bunch of daffodil bulbs but it looks like they won’t ship until late October.’ That’s right Stephanie, you don’t want to plant bulbs too early as it can lead to fungus or disease problems. Ideally,
collecting seeds, Garden Dilemmas ask Mary Stone

Fall Hunting & Gathering

Hello Fellow Readers, A few weeks ago we spoke about fall tasks and one is to take advantage of the great season to plant. What should he plant asked Harry from Hardwick. By and large anything that’s available and fits into your landscape plan and cultural environment – wi

Late-summer Butterfly Magnets

Hello fellow readers, Many of you like to dance!  Jane from Mt. Bethel wrote in about the fun of watching butterflies in her garden and asked how to attract more. Ben from Belvidere wondered if he planted butterfly loving plants would he be inviting deer to the party. It turns out sev

Hillside Planting

Hello fellow readers, While walking Miss Ellie, Lori and Gary of Blairstown were out doing yard work and shared their dilemma of a challenging slope along the driveway. Steep hills can be an eyesore and difficult to maintain. As with any plant selection, consider soil,light, root spac
Microstegium vimineum / Japanese Stilt Grass, Garden Dilemmas Ask Mary Stone

More than crabby Stilt Grass & Thistle

Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about annoying crabgrass and how to keep it at bay. There’s more to be crabby about writes Carol from Blairstown who sent a picture of what looks like mini-bamboo which she’s trying to wipe out to allow her pachysandra to spread.  Microstegium
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Crabby about Crabgrass

  Hello fellow readers, Last week we spoke about the pesky Japanese beetle and I chuckle how many of you shared your intense aversion towards the bothersome bug. What is there to like about them other than the 5 cents a jarful good old Mom offered up when we were kids? Speaking o

Burn-Out an Organic Weed Control

Welcome to Rave Reviews! One of my favorite and most important recommendations:  Use Burn-Out, an organic alternative to Roundup, for weed control. Burn-Out Weed & Grass Killer by St Gabriel Organics made from clove oil and citric acid, is a broad spectrum natural herbicide that k
Goldenrod in the wild

Goldenrod’s bad reputation

Hello fellow readers,      A bad reputation is hard to turn around! Sandy from Sparta questioned a recommendation to add Solidago to her fall garden.  The common name is Goldenrod after all and doesn’t it cause allergies? The real offender is Ragweed (Ambrosia ) which grows in the sam