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Cicada Killers

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Have you seen any flying insects lately that look like giant yellow jackets?  If you have, they are most likely the eastern cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus.  Actually it is considered a beneficial insect because it helps to regulate cicada populations. This wasp gets its common name from the fact that it hunts cicadas, which becomes…

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The Perfect Spot

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Shiny coneflower I have spent the last couple of months hiding in the perfect spot.  When things are going so well, you don’t want to jinx it so I’ve kept my mouth shut and not written a blog.  Besides, when I am in paradise, writing is the last thing on my mind. Of course of…

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Leaf-Spot Diseases on Tomato

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Septoria leaf spot and early blight are two leaf-spot deases on tomatoes that start showing up about this time of year.  Both of these diseases are characterized by brown spots on the leaves. Despite their names, Septoria leaf spot usually appears earlier in the season than early blight. Septoria produces small dark spots whereas the…

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Carpenter Bees

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Carpenter bees may very well be swarming around outside your homes about now.  They resemble bumble bees but have bare abdomens that are a shiny black to iridescent green. In the spring these bees, which overwinter as adults, are emerging and looking for mates. The male bees can be rather aggressive and may “dive bomb”…

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A Better Tasting Tomato

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We can all agree that some tomatoes certainly taste better than others.  Science has now apparently determined why – a compound known as furaneol.  Not only has this compound been identified, it is in higher concentrations in tomatoes that taste better – particularly heirloom varieties, but the gene that controls the level of furaneol has…

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Dandy . . . The Beginning

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(Editor’s Note: This is a reposting of Dandy’s first blog, when he introduced himself.  It germinated in September 2007, but was accidently pruned from the archives when the new Web site was launched.) Hello.  My name is Danforth Lion.  Most people just call me Dandy.  I live here in Norfolk Botanical Garden because it is…

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Glory Hounds

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We are in the middle of April and the crowds are finally here.  LOTS of people came to the Garden this past weekend.  The parade of people continues, with only the occasional downpour chasing them away temporarily.  They all come to enjoy the spring weather, the beautiful flowers and probably those fuzzy eaglets way up…

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Stand Up For The Little Guys

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I don’t know if today’s April shower will bring May flowers, but the April flowers are certainly here.  The Garden is exploding with color everywhere.  On nice days, like this past weekend, lots of people have decided to come enjoy the floral show.   As you may know, I’ve been in the arboretum.  In the…

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Spring Trees

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After a glorious weekend, things turned ugly today.  No, the Garden is still very beautiful, but the horticulture staff has gotten mean.  This morning I was sitting in the Flowering Arboretum, minding my own business when the droning noise began.  Mowers whirring in the distance – a clever form of psychological warfare intended to scare…

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The Ides of March

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“Beware the Ides of March” So the soothsayer warned Julius Caesar and that gloomy forecast went well with today – at least as far as the weather was concerned.  A cold soggy gray day kept most folks away and the Garden was left mostly to us plants.  The quiet is a nice respite – I…

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