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2017 Garden Reflections

The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections

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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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Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

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Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I am already planning my spring and summer containers. I first look through photos of previous containers noting favorite combinations. Next I peruse garden magazines, plant catalogs, newsletters from favorite garden centers, anything that might inspire new ideas. One authority I always turn to is All-America Selections. Independent judges… Continue reading Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

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Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year

When Pantone announces their color choice for the upcoming year, designers from a wide variety of industries take notice. We will likely see their pick in clothing, home furnishings and fabrics, paint, housewares, and even cosmetics. Pantone has chosen Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. They describe it as a symbol of… Continue reading Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year