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Love and Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  It is a time when lots of guys try to impress the sweethearts in their lives with flowers and candy.  Of course I think flowers are great, but I am not so sure that decapitating a bunch of roses and handing them to your girlfriend is really all that…

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Spring Bulbs

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You may notice that this spring is just a bit more colorful around the Garden.   This past fall and winter, the horticulture staff was busy planting over 51,000 bulbs of every type throughout the Garden. Look for hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and crocus. The project included a massive planting of 14,000 daffodils bulbs of various types…

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Snow Daze

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Snow last week.  Snow on the way.  After years of almost no white stuff falling from the sky, the Garden is in a snow daze.  The winter weather is unusual, but not unwelcome as far as I am concerned.  Snow is a pretty good insulator for many plants and it makes the Garden very beautiful. …

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Companion Planting

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Have you ever wondered if companion planting really works?  In case you are unfamiliar with the concept, companion planting is a procedure that consists of planting two types of plants close to one another with the belief that it can naturally reduce pest problems.  One example is planting catnip with cabbage to reduce worm damage…

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Winter Vacation

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I’m a little tired of winter right now.  What I want is a little tropical vacation.  Of course, I can’t fly south for the winter – TSA would not like the fact that I can’t take any shoes off and all the birds I know that go that way have already left.  So instead, I…

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Chillin in the Garden

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Warm enough for ya?  For a couple of weeks now everyone has “enjoyed” the cold weather covering the country.  Hopefully everyone has been able to find some warm spot indoors and generally stay out of the cold.  Unfortunately this is not the case for us garden plants.  We get the privilege of staying outside no…

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Planning for the Spring

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Despite ice on the bird bath and the ongoing cold temperatures, spring is on the way.  You should be receiving the spring catalogues in your mailbox soon, if you have not already, and dreams of the “perfect” garden may already have you completely forgetting about any less than bumper crops and fully floriferous flower gardens…

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Mistletoe

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I left the hollies right after the dusting of snow on Saturday night.  I like the hollies and all, but sometimes their personalities are a little too prickly for me.  I headed over to the Rose Garden and have been enjoying the sunshine during the day and the lights during the night.  In the evenings,…

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Holly Days

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As we approach the winter solstice, I decided to visit some of my winter friends.  I am across the road from the children’s garden, safely hiding under the branches of a holly tree.  A good prickly tree like this should discourage the gardeners from looking for me here. This is a good time of year…

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Transition to Winter

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This week I am hiding in the Transition Garden.  Appropriate since we are finally making the seasonal change to winter – on the calendar, with the weather and with the types of plants that are now most interesting.  With a few exceptions, fall foliage is almost over and the stars of winter are starting to…

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