From the category archives:

Flowers & Trees

Are your Daylies covered in rust?

April 9, 2008

I was touring a local nursery yesterday and had decided to add about ten yellow daylilies to my garden but then was told by the sales lady that they had just been quarantined by the regional agriculture inspector. “Huh, what? But I want buy them” My pleading fell on understanding ears but she was serious. [...]

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Garden Design- The Use of Contrasting Foliage

April 1, 2008

(Garden photographers please read to end) When you’re trying to decide what plants to use in your new landscape there are so many considerations to keep in mind. Soil conditions, sunlight exposure and eventual plant size are some easy factors to find solutions for. Your local garden center is one good source to help you through those [...]

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Bad economy can be good for gardeners

March 31, 2008

My friend Trey over at the Golden Gecko Garden Center in Northern California always post some thoughtful articles. In his recent one he comments on the result of the economy on garden centers. I enjoyed his post and want to add one additional reason for people to shop at their local garden center right now…..saving money. [...]

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The Daylilies are Coming!!!!

March 26, 2008

The approaching Spring brings with it one of my favorite flowers, Daylilies. There has been so much hybridizing and cross breeding since the original Stella D’oro (yellow) that I can’t decide which ones I like best. Centerton Nurseries has introduced a new mustard-yellow one called ‘Mean Mister Mustard’ with a giant a six inch flower. [...]

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More Super trees- Pollution removers

March 4, 2008

Are trees the answer to pollution? Just about everyone knows that trees and all plants pull moisture from the ground to live and flourish (ok plant nerds, I’m not talking about xerophytes) Along with the moisture that travels up the xylem comes the necessary minerals and nutrients to build new cells and (boring—sorry). Research is [...]

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Super Trees ?

March 3, 2008

I saw an article on Yahoo this morning about the city of Baltimore planting “Super Trees” in their parks. My first thought was “Oh No!!!, here comes the mad scientists playing around with genetic engineering, but after some research I found that was not the case. It is true that these “Super Trees” are better [...]

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Trees for small spaces.

February 27, 2008

Here are a couple of my favorite trees for small scale gardens. Acer palmatum- Japanese maple- No flowers on this tree but look for a a nice fall display of color. The reason I included this here is because, for a small space where the tree will be seen at close range, the fine feathery [...]

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