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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
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Mixed-up Cherry

Hello fellow readers, Marcia from Columbia writes ‘our pink ornamental cherry tree is trans gendering, or crossdressing, or something. There are two large boughs with pure white blossoms. What the heck?’ In the picture she sent the tree looks like it has a spikey haircut with lots of
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A daffy sunset

Curt snagged this shot of the rock garden with his phone on Saturday. If I recall the plant I planted in front of the daffodils is Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Elf’ / Golden Elf Japanese Spirea Hardy in zones 4-9. This yellow leaved cutie only grows to 6-8 inches high and has
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Why leaves change color 101

Hello fellow readers, I’ll bet Bridget of Forks Township is not the only one who wants to know the real deal of what influences the glorious colors of fall. We all know it has to do with cooler temperatures and shorter days, but why do some trees turn red while others stay orange and

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

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