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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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Crape Myrtles – A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning

Trees and shrubs need to be properly pruned on a regular basis. Pruning provides many benefits: enhanced beauty, increased health and vitality, hazard reduction, and controlled growth. But in order to achieve any of these benefits the pruning must be done properly. To understand this, take the crape myrtle, a popular species in North Carolina […]

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