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Winter Blooming Beauties

Helleborus, the Lenten Rose

Helleborus- Winter BloomerAfter a long cold winter it is always welcoming to see the first sights of Spring! One of my favorite early spring flowering perennials is the Lenten Rose. Bold, bright blooms that last for weeks giving your garden that touch of life you have been waiting for.

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A ‘Berry Nice’ Addition to your Winter Landscape

Winterberry Hollies

Holly Berries for Winter InterestSome of you maybe wondering ‘What are the red berries that I see in the landscapes this winter’? They could be a selection of the Winterberry Holly. Bright red or intense yellow berries create a ‘pop’ of color to the otherwise drab landscape.

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December: Gardening Activities

Garden Crossings Gift Certificates Make Great GiftsThis month doesn’t have a lot of inside or outside gardening chores for those of us in zone 5 or 6, and it’s probably a blessing, since the holidays create busy-ness of their own. But there are a few things to keep in mind as you go about your preparations for celebrations.

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November: Gardening Activities

Now Is A Great Time To  Mulch Your PlantsNovember isn’t a busy month in the garden, but use the occasional nice days to finish up tasks that you may have put off.

You can still get some of those spring bulbs in the ground before it freezes. Lilies should be in by now, but things like tulips, crocus, and daffodils will be just fine. Many stores have specials on them now, so stock up and get planting! You’ll be glad you made the effort when spring arrives!

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October: Gardening Activities

It's Fall Ya'll. It's Time  to Get Your Fall Color OnThough many of us hate to see it come, winter is on the way, but not before we enjoy the lovely, crisp autumn days of October.

Now is the time to plant those spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, crocus, daffodils, and hyacinths. It’s easy to tuck them into spaces between perennials and at the foot of ornamental trees. The more the merrier – in spring, anyway – when they’re all in bloom!

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September: Gardening Activities

Perennials Make Great Fall BasketsThe garden is taking a definite turn for the season in September. This can be a good thing! It’s the time for fall beauties to shine – things like mums and asters, toad lilies and goldenrod. The black-eyed Susans are in full bloom and many plants that looked tired in the hot days of August perk up in the cooler days of fall.

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August: Gardening Activities

Natures Beauty Enhanced  by Our Fluttery FriendsIt’s about this time of the summer when I get tempted to rip everything out of the garden and give up for the year. Usually, we need rain and some of the plants are starting to suffer the effects of that, coupled with the heat. August is a transition from summer into fall, and it takes a bit more work to keep things looking good.

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July: Gardening Activities

Deadheading Will Help  your Flowers Continue To FlourishThese are the salad days of summer! Guests at your 4th of July picnics and barbecues will enjoy the harvest from your fruit and vegetable gardens and you can use the cut flowers to decorate your tables, inside and out.

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June: Gardening Activities

By June the Garden is Flourishing Relax & Enjoy Your Masterpiece!May was wonderful, but June is downright delightful. We’re seeing the fruits of our labors this month. Salads fresh from the garden are in order, as lettuce and spinach can be cut. Growth is lush in the flower gardens too, having been given a good start with spring rains. And now comes the warmth that really brings out the best in the perennials and warm season vegetables. Spring chores are behind us, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do.

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Water, Feed, Water!

Keeping Your Plants Alive

The Best Plant FertilizerAlright, let’s face it when we get hungry we go get food, and when we get thirsty we take a drink. If only life was this easy for all living things, plants included…

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Pink or Blue, Which Hydrangea is for you?

Big Leaf Hydrangeas- Blue or Pink

Hydrangea-Pink or BlueHydrangeas, it always seems like we want what is hard to get. If your garden turns them pink, you want them blue, and if they naturally turn blue in your garden you want them pink. Does this sound familiar?

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Long Blooming Perennial with Increased Hardiness

Hyssop- Agastache

Agastache Kudos CoralA great perennial has just gotten better! Agastache have long been known for their long bloom time from early Summer through the fall, but for many they would only last for one season. Agastache have just gotten better for more climates, hardy down to zone 5. New for 2014, I would like to introduce to you the Kudos™ series of Agastache.

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