Garden Reports

Eastern White Pine

Does That Tree Have Icicles In Summer?

Glistening pinecones with what look like icicles hanging on an evergreen tree, reflecting the shining sun. Sounds like a chilly scene of winter, doesn’t it?

08/03/2015

Ragweed Means Sneezing Season Is Near

There’s lots of ragweed up and growing, and that means that soon, it will be blowing in the wind and you, or someone you know, will be blowing your nose.

07/29/2015

American Burnweed

What is that tall weed springing up in lawns and garden beds like crazy? If your neighborhood is like mine, it might be American Burnweed, Erechtites hieracifolia.

07/28/2015

Pop-Up Gardens

Pop-up gardens are more than just pretty, restful, calming improvements to the neighborhood…they’re also full of fun things to do.

07/27/2015

Pick Plants That Do Dead-Heading For You

Looking at loads of browned, dead heads all over your garden beds really detracts from that summery freshness you desire.

07/22/2015

Grow Raspberries In A Pot – Without Thorns!

Did you know you can grow raspberries in a pot? It’s true.

07/21/2015

Summer Snowflakes From A Pretty Weed

It looks like a giant snowflake in summer and it was the favorite flower of someone I knew, but it’s really considered by most gardeners and farmers to be a great big weed. ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’ is the common name for this tall plant with large umbrella flowerheads composed of many teensy white flowers.

07/20/2015

Twilight Concert In The Arboretum At The Barnes

As if the Rose Garden and other attractions at the Arboretum were not enough, now you can enjoy an evening of jazz on the Great Lawn.

07/15/2015

Get Those Annuals In The Ground

Did you find some flowers on sale? Good for you. Now get them into the ground or planters pronto because many annuals in particular could be very ‘root bound’ by now.

07/14/2015

Plants May Revert To Original Color

If you planted white flowers, how come they’re pink now? What’s going on? It’s called reversion – going back to the way they used to be.

07/13/2015

Mid-Summer Garden Chores

There are a few garden chores you should hurry up and do, such as pinching back fall-bloomers like asters and mums so they’ll stay compact, and pruning spring-blooming shrubs too.

07/08/2015

Old School Rose Still A Delight

Virginia Rose is not a new rose or a special cultivar or a genetic creation that just hit the market. This is an old school rose.

07/07/2015

Brandywine Treasure Trails Passport Worth The Price Of Admission

Here’s a great way to see lots of gardens, historic houses and museums this summer and save a lot of money.

07/06/2015

Salute Your Community Gardeners

Many community garden spots are tended by people you never see; who come to plant and weed and water as volunteers. Salute them over the 4th.

07/01/2015

Plant Trees And Shrubs In The Fall

Even with all the recent storms we’ve had, it’s still smarter and less risky to plant trees and shrubs in the fall rather than summer.

06/30/2015

Prune Tomatoes If You Prefer

A listener wrote last week to ask about pruning tomatoes. The first thing to know is, you don’t have to do it, it’s up to you. Secondly, you probably only want to prune vining varieties.

06/29/2015

Nature Sees To It That Seeds Get Around

If you wonder how something sprouts in your yard when you didn’t plant it, it’s because Nature designed seeds to be strewn.

06/24/2015

A Hardy Hydrangea That Bounces Back

Native Hydrangea arborescens bloom beautifully no matter how harsh winter was, which is a big relief!

06/23/2015

Sprinkling Seeds Can Be Simply Satisfying

Sprinkling seeds is so much easier and cheaper than buying and planting annuals and, since it’s only June, they have months to bloom.

06/22/2015

Two Free Tours At Scott Arboretum

There’s a free tour tonight at the Scott Arboretum and another one tomorrow morning.

06/17/2015

Those Bloomin’ Hydrangeas Blooming Again

Those old-fashioned big leaf hydrangeas didn’t bloom last year because the winter before was so harsh, but now they’re back!

06/16/2015

Easily Grow Blueberries

If you haven’t planted blueberries yet, what are you waiting for?

06/15/2015

Your Lawn Is Lucky To Have Clover

Take a week off from mowing. Letting clover flower in your lawn helps the bees – and it’s good for the soil too.

06/10/2015

Firefly Fun For The Family At Bowman’s Hill

You have a chance to recapture the thrill of going out to chase fireflies on Thursday evening, June 25, 2015, from 7:30 – 9:00 at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

06/09/2015

Plant Asters For Beauty And For Butterflies

Our native asters come in beautiful colors like pink, blue and purple and they attract butterflies, something your mums won’t do.

06/08/2015

Rain Gauge Will Tell You When To Water

Since it’s wasteful and expensive to water when you don’t need to, it’s just smart to get a rain gauge.

06/03/2015

Bet On Baptisia To Please

Baptisia australis or ‘false indigo’ is an easy-to-grow native perennial that’s stunning through three seasons.

06/02/2015

Some Plant Rules Made To Be Broken

Even when you don’t plant by ‘the rules’, sometimes a plant will thrive.

06/01/2015

Plant Clinic At Morris Arboretum Now Open

If you’ve got a plant you’re worried about because it’s got funny leaves or evidence of a disease the Plant Clinic is now open!

05/27/2015

Tour Best Private Gardens In Philadelphia Area

Garden Conservancy Open Days will let you see some of the best private gardens around; this year, featuring graduates of the Barnes Foundation’s Arboretum School.

05/26/2015

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