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Robins Eating Sumac Berries

As I was enjoying my breakfast during a winter snowstorm last winter, I had a ringside seat watching a frenzy of robins devour staghorn sumac berries. So glad I planted this under-appreciated sun-loving native tree right outside the window. And now I'm very pleased to see my photo of feasting robins on the cover of the [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Just Published!|Comments Off on Robins Eating Sumac Berries
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Change of Seasons Out My Window

The transition from fall to winter changes the view out my window. But there are still late fall flowers for pollinators and positive environmental news.

By |December 1st, 2018|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Change of Seasons Out My Window
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Gather A Garden Wreath

Complete the cycle of the seasons by gathering greens and other plants from the garden to make a holiday wreath that will give you pleasure all winter long.

By |November 19th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Gather A Garden Wreath
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Last Ditch Deer Protection

Once deer have established their winter territory, rutting bucks damage trees. Protect trees from deer scrapes and rubs with physical barriers.

By |November 11th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Last Ditch Deer Protection
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Learning From Nature – Take a Hike

If we want to garden in a more ecologically beneficial way, it only makes sense to go outdoors and see what the natural world can teach us. It doesn’t look like much is going on in the woods after most deciduous trees have shed leaves and gone quiet for the winter. But recent woodland walks have given me ideas and inspiration aplenty.

By |November 2nd, 2018|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Learning From Nature – Take a Hike
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Clean Up the Garden Gradually

No need to cut the whole garden back in fall. Standing stems and seedheads provide food for birds, shelter for overwintering insects - and good excuses to go outside to tidy up a little bit at a time on a nice winter day.

By |October 23rd, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Clean Up the Garden Gradually

Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Handouts

For those wonderful gardeners who joined us for Solving Garden Design Dilemmas on October 20, Here are the promised handouts for winter gardens, pollinator plants and my favorite great problem-solving plants.

By |October 23rd, 2018|Great Plants, Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Handouts
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Spot Invasive Plants

Spotting Invasive plants when leaves are green can be tricky. But invasives with a longer growing season than native plants are easy to see in fall. Their leaves remain green or display bright autumn color long after natives have lost their leaves for the winter.

By |October 17th, 2018|Clues, How-To's|Comments Off on Spot Invasive Plants
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Cook with Tasty Anise Hyssop Leaves

I’ve often dried anise hyssop leaves for a note of licorice flavor in winter pots of tea or infused them in gin, but this year my friend Julie taught me a tasty new trick.

By |September 25th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Cook with Tasty Anise Hyssop Leaves
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Enhance Your Views with Selective Pruning

Experts commonly answer the question, “When is the best time to prune?” with “When you have clippers in your hand.” But that’s not always the case.

By |September 24th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Enhance Your Views with Selective Pruning