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Summer Vacation For Houseplants

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Have you ever considered giving your houseplants a “summer vacation”?  It can be quite beneficial for many houseplants to be set outside for the summer.  This enables them to recover from the low light levels and often hot, dry air that they experienced during the winter months. Once the night temperatures stay consistently above 55…

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The Sweet Spot

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I think I’ve found a pretty good spot to hide from the gardeners.  It is a little counterintuitive because I am hiding in the Garden’s most popular spot at the moment – the Bicentennial Rose Garden.  Why?  Because most people are dazzled by the overwhelming rainbow of colors that is about waist high.  Why should…

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Running To My Roots

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Spring in the Garden can get very crazy.  Flowers are blossoming, people are coming, lots of things are happening.  That is great for the visitors and the beloved plants, but for those of us who have the misfortune of being labeled a weed, it can get a bit scary.  The gardeners seem to be extra…

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Spring Bulb Care

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Spring flowering bulbs are one of the true joys of this time of year.  In order to keep them as healthy as possible here is a simple three-step procedure for proper care. Remove the spent flowers so that the plant’s resources will go into bulb growth and energy for bloom next year rather than into…

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Worth the Wait

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Sitting in the flowering arboretum right now, I realize this is a fantastic year for spring flowering magnolias.  This is really good for me since most people will walk around looking up and not down at me and all my brothers and sisters in full bloom.  Hopefully the gardeners will do just that. The glorious…

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Fungus Gnats

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Do your house plants have little mosquito-like insects occasionally, or regularly, flying around them?  If you experience these little plant pests, your potted plants most likely have fungus gnats.  Fungus gnats are small insects (1/8 to 1/10 inch long) that are common in high-organic-matter houseplant soils that are kept moist. These insects do not bother…

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Which Hazel

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Have you ever had that problem where you look at someone and you know their face, but you can’t remember their name?  It happened to me the other day.  Not with a person, but with a plant.  It’s quite embarrassing.  Of course, with plants I have a better excuse than those of you who forget…

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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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