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Narrow Vase Is Both Practical And Playful

Some of my favorite things I saw while shopping at the Flower Show were rectangular vases that were so narrow, the flowers stand up in them in neat rows, single file.

03/19/2014

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Hand Sanitizer Is Simple Solution For Sappy Mess

This spring, you may find yourself picking up a lot of sticky pine branches. You can use hand sanitizer to get the sap off your hands – and your tools.

03/18/2014

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Plan On Planting Trees

If you’re planning on planting trees this spring, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is offering inexpensive courses, or you can do a little digging yourself, online.

03/17/2014

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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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Garden Design: Think In Threes

One of the most elegantly-easy-to-use ideas at the Flower Show was a simple reminder of a good rule of garden design: thinking in threes.

03/11/2014

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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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Most Damaged Trees Will Recover

Despite the damage some sustained this winter, once it gets warmer, trees and shrubs really are able to recover a lot.

03/05/2014

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Flower Show Drama: More Is Better

To replicate a lot of that Flower Show drama, plant many more of the same thing. Don’t plant just one or two when 10 will do just as nicely.

03/04/2014

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White Fringe Is Gold Medal Tree

Our native White Fringe tree has just been awarded a 2014 Gold Medal by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society which means it will thrive despite our winters.

03/03/2014

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Fallen Branches May Be Down But Not Out

Finding broken branches from the storms is sad, but it’s not all bad news. You might be able to bring that branch back to life.

02/26/2014

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‘Tis The Season To Clean Your Garden

By the time the meltdown finally came last week, nothing could look more out of place than boughs of holly and evergreens that had been buried by snow for months.

02/25/2014

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Get Away From Winter At Flower Show

Go to the Flower Show for a one-day getaway and come home with ways to get your garden in shape this spring.

02/24/2014

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Winter Won’t Win

Even though most gardens in our region show little promise under the near-constant cover of snow, don’t worry. Winter won’t win.

02/19/2014

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Gardening In Your Garage

I planted tulips a couple of weeks ago. Not in the ground, since I couldn’t see the ground much less dig in it, but in my garage.

02/18/2014

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Too Much Salt Is In Bad Taste

With this whopper of a winter everybody’s been using a lot of salt and other ice melters which can be a lifesavers, but more is not necessarily better.

02/17/2014

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