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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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Take a walk through the fall garden with me.

Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.

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Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange

The colors most often used in fall containers mimic the seasonal hues found in nature – brilliant yellows, glowing oranges, and rich reds. I like these colors just fine and appreciate them in the flamboyant leaves of trees and shrubs in the landscape, but what’s a gardener to do when she loves pink and purple?… Continue reading Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange