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Weird weather brings early plants

February 13, 2012 ‘‘My hellebores are blooming,’’ a friend told me last week. I think mine are too, although I haven’t taken the walk out to the backyard garden yet to find ou. more »»

New type of plant is ‘super’

February 6, 2012 When you absolutely can’t think of anything else to say, the only word left is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, at least according to Mary Poppin. more »»

New varieties make gardening fun

January 23, 2012 I’ll never forget the first time I visited a Japanese hibachi restaurant, the kind where everyone is seated around a large griddle and, other than the people you came in with, you never know who the... more »»

Order trees to plant in spring

January 2, 2012 It’s true that Arbor Day in Ohio isn’t until April, but if you plan to celebrate by planting trees, now is the time to make decisions and let your favorite local garden center know what you want. more »»

Living with poinsettias after the holidays

December 26, 2011 Christmas is over, and those beautiful poinsettias are still showing lots of colo. more »»

Poinsettias get more colorful

December 19, 2011 It’s been a few years since I’ve written a column about poinsettias, but the different plants we’re seeing in the garden centers and grocery stores these days prompted my interest in this popular... more »»

Research provides inspiration

December 12, 2011 What inspires you? More importantly, what inspires you in the garden? A couple years ago, I went around the community asking people this very question. more »»

Hollyhock patch is a happy place

December 5, 2011 For $2, you can buy a package of seeds for Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina,’ also called miniature hollyhock or French hollyhock, from garden centers or seed catalog. more »»

Bring Brunnera to shade garden

November 25, 2011 Grab your garden notebooks and write it down, the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year is Brunnera m. ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859. Don’t ask me what all of that means, I just call it Brunnera ‘Jack Frost. more »»

Start list for next year’s garden

November 21, 2011 Most of my garden is resting under a layer of compost and manure; what I like to call ‘‘beefing up’’ for next season. more »»

Varieties can cause confusion

November 7, 2011 Most seasons, I like to prepare for winter by growing and drying my own herbs. Over the years, I’ve managed to collect various containers with air-tight lids for storag. more »»

‘Year of The ...’ choices for 2012

October 31, 2011 The National Garden Bureau, a non-profit organization made up of people, corporations or firms who are in the business of plants for home gardeners, likes to select a special group of flowers and... more »»

Sometimes what’s old is new

October 24, 2011 A few weeks ago, someone asked me about peanut pumpkins. more »»

Take care of leaves in October

October 17, 2011 I suppose the main garden chore in October is taking care of the leaves. Some people leave them where they are, expecting nature to decompose them and return them to the soil. more »»

Gardeners, birds go together

October 10, 2011 Ask any gardener if they feed birds and chances are you will get a resounding yes. No garden is really complete without birdson. more »»

More than just red delicious

October 3, 2011 Remember when the Red Delicious apple was the greatest apple to have? When I was a child, we had a huge apple tree in our back yard that produced the best apples. more »»

Getting to know your weeds

September 19, 2011 There is no doubt that weeds are the nastiest thing to deal with in our gardens, so it might be a bit of shock when people find out I sort of like weeds. more »»

Chrysanthemums are good luck

September 12, 2011 What can I say about chrysanthemums?” I asked my daughter. “It’s my birth flower,” she said. “You can write about me. more »»

Never-ending battle with weeds

September 5, 2011 The weeds have won. One weed in particular is taxing all of my energy — my nemisis and the bane of my existence, Hairy Galinsoga. more »»

Two area women create outstanding gardens

September 4, 2011 When Marcena Dilley was raising her two children while working as a first-grade teacher in Ashtabula County, it was her late husband who planted and maintained their garden. more »»



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