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Spring Garden Maintenance

Last Sunday was my first chance to putter about my gardens, enjoy the bursting new plant life, and do some spring clean-up. As I mentioned earlier, not only has my schedule been insanely busy, but spring has also been very slow to arrive in Kennebunk, Maine. Even though it was cold (in the 40’s) and…

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Jump-Start Gardens in Spring

With spring around the corner, I’m itching to get out in my gardens. Colorful flower gardening catalogs and magazines can only satisfy my gardening cravings for so long. At this time of the year I feel like a ship’s captain scanning the horizon for land – except I am searching for small green shoots. The…

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2017 Gardening Trends

This past fall I attended several professional green industry conferences that showcased cool gardening trends on the horizon for 2017. In addition to the political scene (don’t get me started), the shift in American demographics is having a dramatic effect on the economy. As stated in one conference report “The 78 million people who make…

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Act Now for Rich Blue Hydrangeas Next Year

There is something about full-flowered, rich blue Hydrangea blooms that sets your heart a’flutter. Maybe this only happens to those of us in colder zones (6 or lower) that find it so rare to have ANY flowers on our bigleaf Hydrangeas (pictured – Hydrangea macrophylla CITYLINE ‘Venice’). Let’s face the brutal facts. ALL bigleaf hydrangeas…

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Perennializing Spring Blooming Bulbs

I hate having to repeat myself, but when it comes to digging in spring blooming bulbs each fall to replace those that fizzled away or were munched by critters, I CAN stop this expensive, repetitive madness. Now I plant long-lived, naturalizing bulbs that stick around for years. Here are a few of my tried and…

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In a Squeeze? Use narrow plants!

Sometimes you need a skinny plant to slip into a tight spot. A specimen that has great ‘posture’ and completes the design puzzle. Here are a few woody plants, evergreen and deciduous, to consider when you are literally ‘between a rock and a hard place’: (pictured right Boxwood ‘Graham Blandy’, photo ncsu.edu) Evergreen Boxwood (Buxus…

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Hurray for Garden Center Clearance Sales!

I love rummaging through plants on garden center clearance tables at this time of the year. And I know I’m not alone. It is so much fun discovering a gem selling for 75% less than it should cost. Come to Mama! One of my favorite finds are Itoh (intersectional) peonies. These usually sell for $85…

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Love Your Lawn this Fall

Fall is the ideal time to prep your lawn for a healthy, thicker green carpet next year. The cooler weather is perfect for seeding in new lawns or overseeding those that have grown ‘thin at the top’. Also treat blades to Espoma’s Fall Winterizer (8-0-5), an organic fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen encourages…

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Tropical Plants – Take Cover!

Many of us living in colder regions will soon see temperatures dip into the low 30’s. It’s time to giddy -up and rescue tropicals and tender ‘bulbs’ (technically some of these are not bulbs; they are corms, tubers or rhizomes) from frigid nights ahead (photo of a snowman my son made when he was a…

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Cover Make-Up Garden Design Tip

Don’t you hate eyesores that desperately need ‘a blemish cover-up’ but because of the location or homeowner association rules, permanent structures or in-ground planting are not allowed? GRRRR. In my case, I have ugly meters on the side of my condominium garage that stand out like sore thumbs. They are within 18” of the sidewalk…

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