Backyard Bouquet Sun Perennials

Who can resist the splendor of a bouquet of freshly cut flowers ? How would you like to grow your own bouquets for family and friends? Sun perennials (SP) offer a sustainable and economical choice for a cutting garden. Once …

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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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Earthworms have long been heralded as a gardener’s best friend, as revitalizers of the soil. While this is certainly an apt description of tried-and-true composting worms such as the Red Wiggler, not all earthworms deserve such glowing praise. Take the …

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Spring Wildflowers are Here!

My family had a picnic (in February!) in Hauck Botanic Garden the other night and while most of the grounds still felt dormant, we knew spring was on its way by the bright yellow winter aconites pushing up throughout the …

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Winter Landscapes Give a New View

Winter is a time to notice the qualities of our landscapes that are concealed by the showy leaves and flowers of spring, summer and fall. It is not until trees, shrubs and landscapes are stripped free of their leafy clothing …

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