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A Nutty Winter in Store?

Hello fellow readers, Nuts are abundant this fall which, in weather folklore, means a harsh winter is ahead. When walking around our Shagbark Hickory trees (Carya ovata) it feels as though I’m skating on marbles. The first time I was introduced to shagbark nuts was when a golf ball si
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Worrisome Needle Drop

Hello fellow readers, Andrea of Morristown NJ asked what’s going on with her white pines. Seeing evergreens drop needles often triggers concern. It’s kind of like an abundance of hairs in your shower drain. Evergreen foliage, despite their name, does not live forever. As new growth em
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Is Goldenrod Invasive ?

Hello fellow readers, A few weeks ago, we chatted about fall flowering perennials. An old friend, naturalist, and bird photographer, Mike Niven of Coatesville PA, wrote in that his Joe-pye weed, one of the fall beauties, grew especially tall this year likely due to plentiful rains. He
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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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Urban Gardens

Hello fellow readers, A visit to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh was a highlight of a recent trip. The mist from a glorious 150-foot fountain that sits at the point where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers combine provided soothing relief from the oppressive heat of th
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Alternatives to Invasive

Hello Fellow Readers, When I began as a designer I thought barberry overtaking forest floors was native which is not the case. The maroon leaf Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii, has been overused in deer populated areas for years; though it’s understandable why their popularity.
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A Happy Ending to Naked Pots

Hello Fellow Readers, What fun I had perusing a favorite wholesale nursery to fill my naked late season pots. Rarely am I able to shop for my own gardens during peak season. I found the ‘Mini Penny’ mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) I was looking for to serve as the anchor pie
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Rose is a rose

Hello Fellow Readers, Earlier this season my brother Rick from Knoxville, TN and a dear friend Ruth of Hope, NJ asked about rose dilemmas. Personally, I find roses fussy and hard to keep in their glory. There’s spider mites and aphids that often run amok. Never mind the funguses