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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?


Ragweed (credit: Phran Novelli)

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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A Hardy Hydrangea That Bounces Back

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