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Behead Bulbs For The Best Blooms

Why should you go around snipping or snapping the tops off your bulbs once the show is over?

05/28/2014

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Bulbs Barely Blooming

Spring hasn’t just been short on flowers so far, many bulbs I’ve seen blooming seem stunted – with very short stems! What’s up with that??

04/09/2014

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You Can Bank On Beauty At Winterthur

It’s called the March Bank at Winterthur, where a succession of bulbs heralds the spring in a dramatically simple way and, this year, it may last into April.

03/25/2014

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Poinsettias Past Their Prime Need A Push

Poinsettias won’t leave on their own. You have to show them the door.

03/12/2014

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Colder Winter Means A Longer Wait For Spring

In cold winters like this, plants – even early bloomers – just wait a little longer.

03/10/2014

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Divide Bulbs Now For Spring

Every fall when I plant new bulbs I find old ones that need dividing – so I accomplish two tasks for the digging of one.

11/26/2013

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Let Bulb Leaves Brown

Even after they’ve bloomed, a bulb’s leaves absorb energy from the sun and turn it into food. That’s why you have to let the leaves lie around until they’ve browned.

06/26/2013

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Garden Safety Tips For Your Pet

Here are some gardening safety tips to keep your dogs and cats healthy.

06/23/2013

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Fall-Planted Pansies Bloom Early

Long before you could ever go out and plant annuals in the spring, fall-planted pansies are already in full bloom!

03/27/2013

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Don’t Bother Blooming Bulbs

Bulbs are shooting up outside, anything you need to do?

03/26/2013

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Planting ‘Forced’ Bulbs May Be A Bright Idea

People will tell you that forced bulbs never flower again but I have seen evidence to the contrary. Why not try?

03/25/2013

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How To Get Flower Power

To get more of that dramatic Flower Show impact at home, what you can do when you go shopping this spring is, in addition to choosing plants by color, size and light requirements, check the bloom time too.

03/11/2013

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Time To Plant Bulbs

You can plant bulbs well into winter, but once the ground gets cold, it’s much harder to dig. So, do it now and you’ll be rewarded early blooms come Spring.

11/13/2012

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Leave Daffodil Leaves

After the flowers are gone on your tulips and daffodils, it’s sort of ugly and boring to look at all those green leaves dying back. But that’s how bulbs get their energy to put out pretty flowers next year.

05/22/2012

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A Garden Of Memories

A garden isn’t just a pastime for this lifetime, it’s a legacy you leave to delight those you love – and many you’ll never meet – for generations to come.

04/03/2012

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