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WINTER IS COMING…AND SO ARE NIBBLING DEER

Okay, I confess. I think deer look adorable, especially little fawns, but I DETEST the damage they do to my gardens. And winter is a time when they can severely ‘prune’ my shrubs. One of my good friends nicknames deer ‘the devil’s minions’. Stop the madness by simply using an organic, OMRI (Organic Materials Review…

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Clematis, Salvia, Coral Bark Maple and Deer Repellant

Clematis ‘Stand By Me’ This is a striking blue flowered bush Clematis. It only grows to 38”. ‘Stand By Me’ peak bloom time is May and June, although there is some re-bloom during summer months. After it is finished blooming, attractive cream thread-like seed heads draw the eye. Broad, green foliage completes the package of…

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Pot ’em Up!

The green checkered flag is waving and potting soil is flying as gardeners race to their potting benches! The spring craze is here for starting seeds and cuttings as well as planting colorful containers. Many of you have heard me raving about my awesome self-watering containers that can go for WEEKS without watering. My two…

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Happy Hellebores and Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Sun’

Happy Hellebores Hellebores are like rays of glorious sunshine in early spring. They promise warmer weather ahead. There are approximately 20 different species of this deer and rabbit resistant perennial. Flowers can have single or double petals and range in color from pink, red, white, purple, green, yellow, and almost black. Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis)…

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Back Off Bambi

With colder weather approaching, so are deer. Many shrubs are prime targets for voracious consumers. Some of their favored snacks are arborvitae, yew and rhododendrons. Stop them in their tracks with Plantskydd animal repellant, which is 100% guaranteed and approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Plantskydd was the first organic animal repellant to…

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Tough Sepcies Tulips and Miniature Daffodils

This is the time of the year when gardeners are digging lots of holes in the garden, burying precious bulbs of various sizes and shapes. Sadly, there is usually an audience watching us with grins on their furry faces. I’m talking deer, squirrels, voles and chipmunks. GRRRRRR. (Right: Daffodil ‘Kokopelli’, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs) Thankfully…

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Nasty Little Voles!

My blood pressure soared the other day when I noticed one of my Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ had suddenly wilted. The adjacent ‘Incrediball’ seemed fine. As I drew closer to investigate, I noticed a small hole at the base of the shrub. Upon closer inspection, I discovered a tunnel and cavity underneath the shrub, where roots used…

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