Helianthus ‘Suncredible Yellow’.  Oh my! That is what I kept saying as I watched ‘Suncredilbe Yellow’ bloom nonstop with NO DEADHEADING from June through September. I was trialing it in a container. It’s a rockstar! I was so impressed by its beautiful branching habit with 4”, pollinator-friendly flowers appearing all over the plant, not just…

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Cotinus coggygria ‘Winecraft Black.  I fell in love with this purple-leaved smokebush the minute I saw it. Even though I find the frothy pinkish flowers appealing, it was the eye-catching purple foliage on this compact shrub that landed it in my shopping cart. ‘Winecraft Black’ is now a striking focal point in my front garden.…

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As our nation continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, spending time outdoors, especially in the garden, promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The ongoing temporary closure of nonessential businesses is also impacting many garden centers. On March 21, Estabrook’s Garden Center (a large, multi-site nursery where I work), made the difficult decision to close to…

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The American Gardener is one of the very best gardening magazines I have ever subscribed to, and I subscribe to a lot! This exceptional bi-monthly publication is produced by the American Horticultural Society, and is a benefit to Society members. To give you an idea of how amazing the articles are, some of the engaging…

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The mosquitos are worse than ever this year.  The minute I step out into my gardens, I am attacked by swarms.  Usually I am not bothered by these blood-lusting creatures.  Studies have shown that certain blood types are more pestered by mosquitos than others. Mosquitos are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted…

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I had the joy of meeting Nathan Lyon last month when we were both speaking at a Master Gardeners Symposium in Indiana. Nathan is an Emmy nominated chef known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. He has hosted or co-hosted many television shows, including Growing A…

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Last week I discovered a brush-clearing business called Scapegoats, located just down the road from me in West Kennebunk, Maine. A team of seven goats help homeowners, municipalities and farmers tidy up fields, parks and yards by devouring invasive plants, including poison ivy and poison oak. Goats devour Japanese Knotweed and Asian bittersweet, but aren’t…

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