New Lilacs Are Repeat Performers

Old-fashioned lilacs will never be replaced by new, young upstarts. Old-fashioned lilacs are like comfortable old grandmothers. We like them just the way they are. Old-fashioned lilacs and their unmistakable fragrance bring back memories of plucking little bouquets to take home to mother on the walk home from school. We’d mix a few dandelions in…
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What Happens To Your Pet If It Eats Your Poinsettia?

The educational campaign to debunk the old myth of poinsettias being poisonous has been quite successful. Most people have gotten the message that poinsettias won’t kill humans if consumed. Poinsettias were considered poisonous as recently as 1970, when the Food and Drug Administration issued a press release saying one poinsettia leaf could kill a child.…
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Watch What Happens When A Geraniums Is Cut Back.

Sometimes working with plants takes a leap of faith. Then, when we realize a technique is successful, it’s not so traumatic next time. Giving geraniums a good cut-back is like that. Geraniums that grew outdoors in summer containers can be wintered quite nicely indoors in a sunny window or under fluorescent lights. The geranium in…
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The Rose Garden I Never Promised

My wife, Mary, and I have been married a little over 33 years and we’ve seen a lot, as most couple have.  Battled too many Red River floods to count, (lost the battle in ’97), moved an old house twice, worked side-by-side in our greenhouse business for 20 years, raised 4 children (2 married, 2…
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New Dogwood’s Bright Red Beauty Is A Winter Winner.

Choosing trees and shrubs that are pretty in winter makes good sense. Certain types have extra-special beauty after leaves have fallen, which is nice because we have a fair number of months with bare branches. Redtwig dogwoods are shrubs with great winter color. But cultivars (named varieties) of dogwoods vary greatly in the intensity of…
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