Fall Cleanup 

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Autumn is a good time to enjoy the cooler days, to reflect on your garden’s successes, and to begin getting ready for winter.  Good fall prep gives a jump start to the next spring. Here is a checklist of things to do: Take Notes: What worked well? What things worked poorly? Cull out the underperforming… Read more »

Planting Fall Bulbs

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As difficult as it is to think about, autumn is creeping up to us.  The cooling weather of September & October is a perfect time to plant fall bulbs for an early spring flower show.  It’s best to plant spring bulbs about 6-8weeks before regular hard frosts settle in. The reason these bulbs need to… Read more »

Caring for Cannas

Caring For Cannas

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Caring for Cannas Cannas have become very popular container flowers over the past few years. Standing tall & stately, Cannas add height and structure to containers and garden spaces with their variegated leaves and brightly colored flowers.  Cannas are easy to grow – here are some details on what kind of environment they like, how… Read more »

Sleeping Beauties – Flowers that Close Up at Night

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Plants are amazing in their complexity and habit.  There is an intriguing collection of plants that close up at night – a phenomenon called nyctinasty.  Nyctinasty is thought to protect pollen and nectar or to protect the plant from cool, chilling temperatures.  Sometimes this tendency confuses people into thinking that something is wrong when they… Read more »

Dividing Hostas

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Hostas are a wonderful shade foliage plant with leaves in variegated hues of greens and chartreuses.  In the summer months of July and early August they flower with white or lavender flowers. For some varieties, the flowers are fragrant. Dividing hostas is easy to do.  The rule of thumb whenever moving or dividing any perennial… Read more »