Try A Mandevilla This Spring

The “good old days” really weren’t that great, even for gardening. There were no Wave petunias. Fireworks grass was non-existent, and there certainly were no mandevilla plants to be found. Have you tried mandevilla? As plants go, it’s a fairly recent newcomer. It’s native to tropical hotspots like Brazil. Because it performs so beautifully as a…
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Successful Way To Root Cuttings

Starting new plants from our own cuttings isn’t just about getting plants on the cheap. It’s about the thrill of the process. Seeing roots sprout from a bare stem still amazes me. As a young boy when I heard my grandmother say she was going to give Aunt Margaret the slip, I thought they were playing…
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Dangerous Time Of Year For Perennials

A year ago we experienced nearly unprecedented winterkill of perennial flowers. Often several intertwined weather and environmental conditions contribute to the problem. But one of the major causes of winter die-out is occurring right now, in late winter. The months of February and March are very dangerous times to be a perennial flower. Warm spells alternate…
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Planning A Landscape Good Enough To Eat

Choosing landscape trees and shrubs that are both edible and ornamental is a trend that has been rediscovered from the days of our ancestors. Besides windbreak trees, homesteads were planted with fruit trees, raspberry and strawberry patches, currants and gooseberries. These plantings not only provided food, but they looked nice also. As with all landscape plants for the…
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Mid-February Gardening Thoughts

Hi Everyone. Well, it won’t be long and we’ll be back outdoors planting, pruning, and potting. February’s a good time to think. Several tasks can be tackled now also. Let’s make a mid-February list. Several flower types can be seeded by now, including begonias, coleus and seed geraniums. They take longer to develop than other…
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