Very late at night, not quite dawn, the insects shush and the first bird says hello. If your garden is particularly bird friendly, lots of sweet tweeting and chirping and song-of-the-morning bird music greets  you before the sun arrives. And …

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Lesser Celandine a Major Challenge

If you’ve been out in the garden during our mild spells you may have noticed clumps of rich green, glossy leaves appearing as low carpets in your lawn or flower beds. You may be witnessing lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly …

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Deserved Rest for You and Your Perennials

The grounds here at the Civic Garden Center are gradually sauntering their way to bed.  It’s okay; after a year like this, we’re all tired and many gardeners desire to institute a scorched earth policy in the garden. However, it …

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Let Your Trees do the Mulching

Years ago someone sent me an email titled ‘St. Francis’s Lament’ in which the nature-loving saint bemoans the silliness of replacing natural cycles with our human desires for control and cleanliness.  As a modern example he discusses the silliness of …

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Fall Festivals and Plants That Thrive

Now that the blasted heat has broken and we’ve gotten the start of Fall rains, things have eased, haven’t they? Just yesterday, as I was walking down Vine Street after picking up some art supplies at Suders, I noticed people …

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