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Awesome Astilbes

Astilbes are the drama queens of the shade garden.  You cannot help but admire these ‘no-fuss’ divas for their beauty and grace. Flowers can be delicate and frothy or stiff and compact.  Blooms range in color from red, burgundy, white, purple, rosy-purple, peach and various shades of pink. The handsome, fern-like foliage is a delightful…

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Mosquito Madness!

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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CONTROLLING LEAF ROLLER ON SMOOTH HYDRANGEA

Having recently raved about smooth Hydrangeas, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that these native beauties can sometimes be bothered by leaf roller caterpillars (Olethreutes ferriferana).  Leaf rollers will not kill the shrub, but rolled leaves, and possibly diminished flowers, can be frustrating.  Until this year, I only noticed leaf rollers on my…

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Smooth Hydrangeas

Not all Hydrangeas are created equal.  In beauty, yes; but in ease of care, not so much.  Smooth Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are a no-brainer.  Smooth Hydrangea is native to the eastern United States.  The shrub flowers on new wood. Translation: it doesn’t matter how windy and cold the winter; flower buds form in spring after Old Man Winter’s…

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Happy Valentine’s Day Garden Bouquet

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the day when some fortunate recipients are blessed with bouquets of lovely flowers or other cherished gifts. Frankly, since this can be a hit or miss occasion, I like to make my own dazzling arrangement harvested from my gardens. One personal favorite is vibrant red-stemmed dogwood paired with rosy-pink pussy…

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Momma and Baby Raccoons

Alaine, a friend that I work with at Estabrook’s, recently shared this amazing story about a mother raccoon and her babies. Alaine was working in her backyard that abuts a marshy area. She saw a large raccoon out of the corner of her eye before it ran back into the woods. The next thing she…

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A City Slickers First Garden

A city slickers first garden by Paul Kelly, owner, St. Lynn’s Press In March of 1974, I moved from Pittsburgh to Leadmine, a small rural town in Tucker County West Virginia. At that time, the population of the entire county was 5,500 people. Leadmine had a convenience store and one church. That was it. Two…

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Inspired Garden Design Webinar

Sponsored by Garden Design Magazine and Bluestone Perennials The next Webinar (on-line lecture) titled Inspirational Design Tips Learned from Magnificent Gardens in England, Canada and The United States will be on Thursday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Breathtaking gardens will be our classroom for great take-away lessons that elevate landscapes from ordinary to spectacular! What…

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