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Spring Again?

Although spring is coming in the Southern hemisphere, we are heading into fall (or autumn) here in the North.  A couple of my (usually spring-flowering) shrubs seem to be confused about the time of year however. Over the past few … Continue reading

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Three Azaleas in Bloom

These azaleas bloom in order red, purple, pink, from right to left. I took the photo yesterday.  Although the bushes are on the north side of the garage, they still get direct sun at midday.  You can see lily-of-the-valley growing … Continue reading

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Pruning & More Pruning

I got most of my spring pruning done today.  The tools I used were small, bypass pruners; large, lopping pruners; and a Japanese saw.  All of these tools are able to make a clean cut if they are sharp; I had … Continue reading

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Purple Azaleas, Lightning, and Bumblebees

When lightning struck one of my honey locust trees last September, it traveled down the trunk, dug a furrow through the turf to the water supply valve, and apparently followed the water line to the house.  On its way, it … Continue reading

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Gypsum, Sulfur, & Lime

Double, double toil and trouble — no, not a recipe from the Scottish play, but three soil amendments that every gardener should know.  These are typically worked into the soil when the garden bed is prepared for planting.  Follow the … Continue reading

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Pruning More Shrubs

On Saturday (June 8th), I pruned all of the shrubs that are growing around our house.  Much like when I pruned the lilac, my goals were to remove any dead branches and to thin out branches that were growing too … Continue reading

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More Spring Flowers

This is a collection of many photos of spring flowers that I’ve taken over the past month. From May 5th I have two of these red-flowering azalea bushes.  This one was on the west side of the house, where it … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

The hyacinths that were blooming two weeks ago are finished, but some other flowers are having their turn.  There are several azalea shrubs around my house that were planted by the previous owner, but the purple-flowered azaleas are the first to … Continue reading

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