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Grow Allium

Ornamental alliums are on the rise and popping up in magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in gardens across the country. Most alliums have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom. The flowers are filled with nectar attractive to pollinators. Deer are another reason alliums are popular; it’s a plant deer tend to avoid. […]

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Jump Start Spring with Early Annuals

There are plenty of cool weather annuals besides pansies that are perfect for planting in early spring. Why wait for summer annuals, which technically can’t safely be planted until after our last frost date of April 15? Best yet, you won’t need to cover these selections in the event of frost. Sweet William (Dianthus) This […]

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Learning to Follow the Sun

Typically, I do not follow a clear-cut gardening plan, with little circles indicating where specific plants should go. I describe my garden as “organized chaos” because I, with plant in hand, will spy an empty space and will plop the plant in it, without using much forethought. I don’t say this proudly but rather simply […]

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Finding Fragrance in the Garden

I met Mary because of her dog. He’s a friendly dog with a job to do. I discovered she was a gardener and the usual topics came up—plants, the weather, our soil. When Mary invited me to come see her garden, I jumped at the chance because I hadn’t visited a garden like hers before. […]

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