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Old Edger Breaks The Ice

Trying to break the ice, we tried a number of tools in the shed. The big winner was a bit of a surprise.

03/11/2015

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A Snow Shovel With Spring Benefits

Why am I telling you about a snow shovel in a garden report?

03/10/2015

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Mother Nature Steals The Spotlight

Often, when Nature is at its most spectacular, you hear people say ‘It’s like a movie!’ Only, it’s real!

03/09/2015

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Mother Nature’s Star Power On Display At Flower Show

While she may not make the marquee, you can clearly see Mother Nature’s handiwork in so many of the star-themed displays.

03/04/2015

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Fothergilla Is Fabulous Flowering Shrub

Look for the many Fothergilla shrubs on display at the Flower Show this week, then look for a spot, in the sun or part-shade, to plant one in your garden this spring.

03/03/2015

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Red Bottlebrush Tree Is A Show Stopper

The flowers of the Red Bottlebrush are so full and so red and so unusual that, at first glance, it’s hard to believe they’re real.

03/02/2015

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Hardy And Healthy Kale Keeps On Growing

Kale not only seems to be on every other restaurant menu and food blog, there’s also plenty of kale in gardens and flowerpots, even through winter.

02/25/2015

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Plant More Milkweed For Monarch Butterflies

These days, we don’t have much milkweed around and that’s a problem because Monarch butterflies depend upon milkweed to feed their babies.

02/24/2015

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Free Workshops At Philadelphia Flower Show

Did you know your ticket to the Flower Show entitles you to sit in on all kinds of workshops and how-to sessions?

02/23/2015

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Don’t Walk On Snow-Covered Grass

If you don’t want to be repairing your lawn this summer, keep off the grass this winter.

02/18/2015

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Signs Of Spring Starting To Sprout

There’s hope. Here come the bulbs! The tiny little bulbs with drooped white heads called ‘Snowdrops’ are starting to appear in some in places, if not in your yard yet.

02/17/2015

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Pass On The Salt When Walkways Turn Icy

Salt is very tough on plants and other ice melters have limits too. Try sand instead.

02/16/2015

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More Reasons To Look Up To Mother Nature

Look up! There’s a lot to see in the bare branches of winter trees.

02/11/2015

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Don’t Just See The Flower Show – Work It

The Flower Show is coming up at the end of the month – so there’s still time to volunteer, and get a behind-the-scenes peek for your efforts.

02/10/2015

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Unwelcome Garden Guests Leave Footprints

Light snowfalls are not only pretty to look at in a garden, they can also help you predict trouble – like who’s been nibbling where they’re not welcome.

02/09/2015