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Hort in the Home Landscape 2016

Plant of the Week: Ligularia

This week the Ligularia is blooming beautifully in my garden! Rocket Ligularia (Ligularia stenocephala),also known as leopard plant, can be grown for its nice foliage, as well as beautiful yellow flowers which just started blooming. The particular cultivar that I grow is '...
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Extending the Life of Cut Evergreens

You've cut those evergreens to decorate your home with, but how do you get them to last?  Storage Prior to Use If the greens need to be stored prior to use, placing the greens in a bucket of water or in a cardboard box or bag in a cool location is the best way...
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Plant of the Week: Borage

How is it the end of June already! This month has been so busy I haven't had much time to get out in the garden. The weeds are sure loving the opportunity to thrive though in my absence! This week's Plant of the Week is Borage (Borago officinalis).I planted...
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Plant of the Week: Pineapple Lily

Visiting a botanic garden last week, I was reminded of the beauty of the Pineapple Lily(Eucomiscomosa)! I meant to get some planted in my garden this spring and completely forgot. Next year! The pineapple lily is a bulb native to South Africa that is hardy to zone 7....
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Plant of the Week: Woodland Phlox

This week's Plant of the Week has been blooming beautifully in my garden for a few weeks now. The Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) is a spreading, native wildflower with lovely lilac-blue flowers with 5 petals. As the name implies, this perennial is naturally...
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Keeping Track of Your Cultivars

If you're like me, it's a struggle to remember exactly what species or cultivars you planted in the garden. Especially by the time you have hundreds of plants in! There are some plant names I'll just never forget for some reason (hello, Solenostemon scutellarioides), but there are others...
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Japanese Beetles Make Their Appearance

I walked out to my garden this week to find that the lovely 6 week period where Japanese beetles are present had arrived. Oh joy! My pussy willow in particular, is just glowing with skeltonized brown leaves covering the top 1/3 of the plant.     In most years, gardeners have to suffer at least...
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Forcing Paperwhites for Holiday Decor

Flowering bulbs of all kinds can be forced indoors to create a beautiful and long lasting flower display for your home and it's something I love to do every year for the holidays!   The term forcing refers to a technique that imitates the environmental conditions that bulbs encounter outdoors,...
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2016 Garden Trends Report

Happy New Year! Did you know that each year the Garden Media Group compiles a list of the Garden Trends for the upcoming year? I look at the trends every year to get inspiration for programming and blog posts. It's really interesting to see what they think will be big in the garden world for the...
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Decorating with Evergreens for the Holidays

In my opinion, nothing screams the holidays more than the fragrance of fresh cut evergreen and for many of us, we're lucky enough to have evergreens in our own yards to harvest from. Check out a few tips below for success when harvesting your evergreens:   Which type of evergreen should I...
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Plant of the Week: Pussy Willow

Spring is upon us, so it's time to get started with some plants of the week again! This morning I looked out my kitchen window to see that the buds on my pussy willow had started to break! Upon closer inspection, they looked even more beautiful with the morning rain drops gathering on them....
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Plant of the Week: Poinsettia

Do you know what today is? National Poinsettia Day! By an Act of Congress, December 12 is set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States. Poinsett was an...
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Seed Starting Care

It's finally that time of year! The time to start getting seeds started indoors for transplanting into the garden this spring! I relish the anticipation of waiting for those precious seeds to germinate and the excitement when I'm finally able to plant those transplants outdoors. I'm planning to go...
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Plant of the Week: Helleborus

I've been waiting anxiously for my hellebores to start blooming and it finally happened last week! The Lenten Rose or Hellebore, Helleborus orientalis, is one of my absolute favorite cut flowers. The muted colors are just absolutely gorgeous! I dream of spring when this flower is...
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Plant of the Week: Basket of Gold

This week's Plant of the Week is Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxitilis). While on a staff meeting trip to Galena this past week, the Basket of Gold was blooming beautifully! I love Basket of Gold because of it's vibrant yellow flowers! It's one of those true signs that spring...
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