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Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. The leaves of the hostas have all been cut back, Removing slugs’ blankets and revealing their eggs, So frogs and toads in the garden can enjoy a fall snack. It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. Soil’s been mounded over the bases… Continue reading Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

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Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

A rainy Sunday meant fall clean-up couldn’t continue outside, but it was the perfect time to plant some bulbs indoors to provide some welcome color later this winter. I couldn’t make it through winter without the boisterous blooms of amaryllis. Hippeastrum, as they are botanically named, are easy to grow. So easy and determined to… Continue reading Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

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Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

In honor of Halloween, let’s celebrate those plants costumed with hauntingly black (or nearly black) foliage. Just as black cats add mystery on Halloween night, black-foliaged plants add a sense of mystery to beds, borders and containers. There are many plants that we grow as annuals in Zone 5 gardens with foliage as dark as… Continue reading Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween