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May 7, 2016

While we are on the subject of shad trees we might as well take a minute to tackle a subject that has driven many taxonomist to blows. As I am sure you know there are at least 6 species of Amelanchier: A. arborea, A. alnifoilia, A asiatica, A. canadensis, A. laevis and...

April 28, 2016

 Shad is running in the Northeast and that is the cue for one of our favorite native plants to bloom!  Amelanchier canadensis (called shad or shadblow in these parts but also refereed to as serviceberry, juneberry, sarvistree and servicetree) can be found from the Caro...

April 25, 2016

My mother recently took a bad fall (she is slowly healing, thank you) so I flew down to Texas for a few days. While she was in the hospital I came across a book in her library that I have skimmed many times but never bothered to read. A pity. Derek Jarman's Garden is a...

April 19, 2016

Could be brilliant but not saying it's so. Feed your lawn and plants before the forsythia fades. Most slow release fertilizers (and we hope you are using organic!) need time to work.  And if you are using a product such as corn gluten as a per-emergent you should be ap...

April 11, 2016

Another semi-repost this week. Coming up soon - a review of Derek Jarman's Garden. The first in a sporadic series of books we really like but seldom use.

 

Another good source for avoiding deer friendly plants is Vincent Drzewucki's book Gardening in Deer Country. Publis...

April 7, 2016

It is kind of a crazy week and I know I have posted this info before. I will try to get back to original programming within a few days. Thanks!

 

Rutgers University puts out a very comprehensive list of landscape plants rated by deer resistance. While it is true that New...

April 1, 2016

I readily admit that forsythia seems to irritate more people than it inspires. The big bright yellows erupt before most other shrubs have even had a chance to bud.

 

Used with a certain amount of discretion forsythia has a place in the 4 season garden. Tuck it into your...

March 29, 2016

I'm not shy about pinching other people's good ideas.  Whenever I am stuck or uninspired there is one book that I always reach for first; Architecture In The Garden by James van Sweden.

 

van Sweden is one of the co-founders (along with Wolfgang Oehme) of Oehme van Swede...

March 24, 2016

Those wanting more information on daffodils should check out The American Daffodil Society. Plenty of info on planting and general care.  The site also has links to a photo database and a library of old catalogs.

 

http://daffodilusa.org/

 

 

March 22, 2016

I think we planted at least 10,000 daffodils last fall and at long last our clients are finally getting their money's worth. The undisputed champion of the Narcissus family, daffodils are the easiest way to add life to the early spring garden. There are hundreds of cul...

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