Category Archives: dahlias

Bye, bye garden season. Hello farm tour

The 2012 gardening season as we know it is about to end. With temperatures as low as 24 and a freeze warning,  those delicate blooms will likely not survive past tonight. That means you need to pick everything you can today. I have all my water bottles lined up for the last of the dahlias. [...]

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Frost, oh no. Say it ain’t so.

Checked the weather forecast for the Poconos and there it was: the worst word in a gardener’s vocabulary. You got it, frost. Patchy frost is in the forecast for Monday morning. In this season of extremes I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But with the warm weather we’ve had this year, I feel like it [...]

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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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Sure seems like spring

 We didn’t really have winter so you probably didn’t notice signs of spring in the Poconos.  But the birds and the critters sure did.   It was gradual, for sure, but the birds are changing. Just like the leaves change in autumn, the birds at the feeders are different. Two weeks ago I noticed goldfinches [...]

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A reprieve from winter

Last week the little picture of the moon and the cold crisp night sent me into a panic. Scattered frost was on the way and I wanted to save the dahlias. Scattered could mean it might not hit my microclimate in Gilbert. But I knew it would. I was in a frenzy because I had [...]

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Enough rain already?

Feel like you should be building an ark? Forget container gardens. I lost my lettuce in August. Fact is, it was finished by that time, but other plants were not. My poor marigolds and petunias can’t grow in an inch of water. It’s nice to have a shower or two, but an inch or two [...]

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Rain, rain, come again

Just when I was trying to figure out how to put in an irrigation system (better known in my  small garden as a soaker hose), it started raining. And raining. We had 4 inches in three days. And now it’s raining again. I personally love it. My garden has never been so happy. My grass has never [...]

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Get your act together and enter the fair

Hard to believe the summer is almost over. It must be, because it’s time to send in your registration if you want to submit your vegetables and flowers in the West End Fair. Friday is the deadline. The county fair is open to all residents of Monroe County. New this year are an ethnic category in both [...]

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Too many plants? Build a new garden

  It’s only June 10th, but we’ve had at least four 90-plus degree days.  I’ve run the gamut of sweating as I was planting dahlias, to wearing a coat when shoveling dirt. What a weird “spring.” Just made my garden dilemmas even stranger than normal. This year, we ended up with way too many dahlias. [...]

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All of my favorite perennials

This morning I made my annual trip to my favorite garden center. I spent two minutes picking tomatoes and cucumbers and ½ hours perusing the perennials. What a blast!   I had planned to buy a pussy willow bush for the new shrub row I’m putting where we had to remove trees in the winter. [...]

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