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Herb Gardening for Butterflies and Bees

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Butterflies and bees are in trouble. Their numbers are dwindling. The 2013-2014 monarch butterfly migration from Canada and the United States to Mexico was down by as much as 44%. (CNN) A major culprit is the disappearance of one of the monarch’s major food sources, midwestern milkweed. About one third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees.  Read more [+]

Pruning Hydrangeas

Hydrangea Th Big Easy  Hydrangea Pinky Winky

We are often asked “When is the best time to prune a hydrangea?” Confusion surrounds this topic because there are so many different types of hydrangeas. But here’s the important difference and easy instructions. Read more [+]

Late Winter- Early Spring Pruning

 

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple in Summer

Japanese Maple Winter

Japanese Maple in February

Late February or early March, is a great time to prune many shrubs and trees. Plants are still dormant, leaves are gone from deciduous plants and it’s easy to see the basic structure of the plant. Pruning is done for several reasons:

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Easy Poinsettia Care

Poinsettias and Rick Easy Poinsettia Care 

Poinsettias are durable easy- to- grow houseplants that take little but bright light and water to be beautiful for several months. Here’s a few easy tips. Read more [+]

Christmas Tree Care 101

 

Christmas treeLive Christmas Tree

A cut Christmas tree can add warmth, fragrance and nostalgia to your home. Here are a few easy tips to keep yours fresh during the holidays. Read more [+]

Color in your Kitchen This Winter

Bulbs indoors daffodils
Ever been enticed by the pots of daffodils and fragrant hyacinth blooming in the grocery store in early February? Follow these easy, simple steps to save money and bring spring into your own home this winter… Read more [+]

4 Tips for Beautiful Spring Bulbs

bulbs and pansies

Nothing is so cheerful after a long dreary winter as the sight of colorful spring flower bulbs. Think tulips, daffodils, crocus and fragrant hyacinth.  Bulbs are inexpensive and easy to care for.  With a little soil preparation and planning, you can have a lovely spring garden that returns every year. Read more [+]

Rose Gardening

 

Rose Bush

 

Rose gardening can be easy with some weekly maintenance. It is especially rewarding when you bring a bouquet of fragrant blooms into your home. A few tips will get you off to a successful start. Read more [+]

Pruning Summer Flowering Shrubs

Weigela Spilled Wine  Potentilla Happy Face

By mid to late August most summer blooming shrubs like hydrangeas are finished blooming. Now is a great time to cut back the spent blooms. Any other flowering shrubs that have slowed down, like spirea, weigela, butterfly bush, and crepe myrtle can also be trimmed back about one third of their size.

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Growing and Caring For Clematis

Clematis Rebecca

Clematis are one of the most popular, easy to grow flowering vines. With a little preparation and care, your clematis vine will provide cheerful abundant seasonal  blooms. Read more [+]

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