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  1. Protect pumpkins from squirrels

    Protect pumpkins from squirrels
    Shorter days and crisper evenings tell us that autumn is quickly approaching. One of the most nostalgic fall traditions is carving pumpkins and showing them off for all to see. As I walk and drive around different neighborhoods, it’s always fun to see how houses are decorated - from simple carved pumpkins quietly sitting on a porch step to elaborate...
  2. Baptisia

    Baptisia, commonly known as wild indigo and false indigo is a genus of about 20 deciduous species. The botanical name baptisia originates from the Greek word bapto, which means to dip or to dye. Blue indigo, (baptisia australis) and yellow indigo, (baptisia tinctoria) were both used to produce dyes by both native Americans and settlers before the introduction of (indigofera tinctoria), which was...
  3. Tartarian Aster

    Tartarian Aster
    Tartarian aster The Tartarian aster is a hardy, perennial with a long history. It originated in Asia including areas of northern China, southern Siberia, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan as much as 2,000 years ago where it grew across meadows and wetlands. Due to its widespread nature, this flower has taken root in the cultures of these countries. It has...
  4. Edgeworthia Chrysantha, AKA Paper Bush or Yellow Daphne

    Edgeworthia Chrysantha, AKA Paper Bush or Yellow Daphne
    Edgeworthia Chrysantha, also known as Paper Bush or Yellow Daphne, is a deciduous shrub whose fragrant trumpet-shaped, fuzzy flowers form in tight clusters at the ends of upright, leafless stems during the cold days of winter. In summer, it transforms into a glorious neatly, mounding shrub. It is one of those rare garden treasures that can be enjoyed year-round. Edgeworthia’s...
  5. Heavenly Hydrangea

    Heavenly Hydrangea
    The hydrangea (Hydrangea) or hortensia genus is made up of around seventy species of flowering plants. The widely cultivated temperate species are deciduous, but some varieties are evergreen. Most are shrubs, but some are small trees, and some are even woody vines (lianas). There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas: mopheads and lacecaps. Mopheads are large and round, resembling pom-poms...
  6. Butterflies and Buddleias

    Butterflies and Buddleias
    Buddleias (Buddleia) or buddlejas are commonly referred to as Butterfly Bushes due to their attractiveness to butterflies. The first variety of buddleia, Buddleia americana, was sent to England from the Caribbean in 1730. There are around 100 species and almost all of them are shrubs around sixteen feet tall. A few species qualify as trees with the largest ones reaching...
  7. Japanese Umbrella Pine

    Japanese Umbrella Pine
    The Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), or Koyamaki, is an evergreen conifer native to Japan, not actually a pine. It is the only member of both its family and genus. It has no known relatives in the plant world and the oldest fossil found dates back to 230 million years ago, making it prehistoric. Its genus name comes from the...
  8. Lantanas

    The Lantana genus consists of around 150 species of flowering perennials in the verbena family. Some lantanas are referred to as shrub verbenas and they can grow up to six feet in height. They are native to the tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. They have become invasive in a number of parts of the world including Australia, parts...
  9. Mums the word

    Mums the word
    Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum) are sometimes called mums or chrysanths for short. Their name is derived from the Greek words for gold (chrysos) and flower (anthemon). They are mostly perennial flowering plants of which there are around thirty species. They are native to Asia and northeastern parts of Europe. They were first cultivated in China as far back as the fifteenth century...
  10. Prevent Winter Damage from Moles and Voles

    Prevent Winter Damage from Moles and Voles
    It is a common misconception that moles and voles hibernate during the winter, when in fact, they simply dig deeper tunnels to escape the cold and they continue eating ferociously throughout the winter. Deeper burrows and occasional snow cover, combined with our own tendency to go outside less often in cold weather, makes their signature tunnels, hills, and holes much...

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