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Looking Into Sumac

I’ve always loved staghorn sumac’s tropical-looking leaves, young stems resembling velvety antlers (hence its common name), plumy cream-colored flowers, spectacular fall color and fuzzy red berry clusters (only on female plants - they’re dioecious). But I had no idea how much interrelated life, drama, trickery, sex, life and death went on in its embrace until the show was right under my nose.

By |2020-08-31T13:06:57-04:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Looking Into Sumac

Pollinators – View from the Farm

Creating a reliable food system calls for a shift of priorities from efficient and as cheap as possible to reliable and local. It needs to be about reliability and nourishment. The big threat is lack of pollination services. To protect the pollinators we must plant native plants and protect habitat.

By |2020-07-31T11:32:30-04:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Views|Comments Off on Pollinators – View from the Farm

I Won! 2020 Garden Comm Media Awards

Karen Bussolini won 2020 GardenComm (Garden Communicators International) Silver Media awards in three categories. The Media Awards program recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.

By |2020-07-31T11:38:48-04:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on I Won! 2020 Garden Comm Media Awards

Last Chance for June Cutbacks

Life is too short to fuss with staking perennials to keep them upright and looking good. It's easy to control the eventual height of many perennials if you cut them back early. Cutting back stimulates new branching.

By |2020-07-14T14:38:16-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Last Chance for June Cutbacks

Allium Christophii – A Garden Goldilocks

Showy Star of Persia (Allium christophii, aka A. albopilosum) is a garden star. It's a Goldilocks plant - not too tall, not too short, with easy-to-hide foliage, just the right-sized flowering globes - and pizzazz to spare.  

By |2020-07-14T14:39:20-04:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Allium Christophii – A Garden Goldilocks