Monthly Archives: June 2012

When plastic is a good idea

I’ve been putting plastic plants in my shed window boxes for years. The first year I tried to find pots that fit the window boxes, tried to make sure they didn’t dry out and tried to make sure they grew. It didn’t work. Hence, fake flowers. Silk are probably appear a little more realistic than [...]

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Cool it with mulch

Heat wave number 2 or 3 is approaching, just in time for the first day of summer. How fitting. Temperatures will hit 95 Wednesday and yes, 97, on Thursday. What does that mean for your garden plants? They’ll be pretty parched, but you can help them keep their cool with a layer or two of mulch. [...]

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Death by cat

The thing about nature is that it’s not all happiness and roses. The joy of watching birds at work can quickly turn to sorrow when it’s all destroyed. I was so excited to have chickadees nesting on my deck. I pulled my chair up to the window to watch the constant interaction at the nest while [...]

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Don’t take nature for granted

Sometimes I am in awe of the cycle of life and sometimes I am just plain sad. When I was walking merrily through my yard on Memorial Day weekend, I stopped because I saw a baby bird dead on the ground. I looked up to see if I could find the nest, although I couldn’t [...]

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Dahlias bring color to your garden, joy to our hearts

People always ask why we grow dahlias, especially when they hear all the work that’s involved. Answer: It’s truly a labor of love and you can get great prices on them now. In the age of the Internet and remote control, why plant dahlias that require a lot of work? Perennials and annuals are easy and [...]

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