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Garden Notes: Integrated pest management

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Not much winter, so far. The “new normal” action seems to be that it starts later and goes longer into spring. Snowdrops and pansies...

Garden Notes: Winter bloomers

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In a now well-established ritual, I check the witch hazels. I have a small collection of five winter bloomers. Three have been of blooming...

Garden Notes: Life’s treasures

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The gifts of Epiphany (Jan. 6) may be expanded to mean, in the wider secular sense, that what we have here on Earth is...

Garden Notes: At year’s end

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If you are a gardener, keep your eyes to the ground beneath your feet, and carry on. With the onset of winter, anxiety about...

Garden Notes: Turning to the light

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We approach the solstice, time of least light. It is Advent season too, which places the focus on the child. The symbolism may be...

Garden Notes: Enter the cold season

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Nights now draw in early and we come indoors, appreciating warmth and light. Winds and rains have torn away much of the colorful autumn...

Garden Notes: Death into life

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As the 2022 gardening year seemingly winds down, it can be understood as actually the beginning of the next one. Gardening is a cyclical...

Garden Notes: Moving through the fall

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October has been glorious. A wistful feeling pervades as we bid it adieu and look ahead to Eastern Standard Time, and late fall’s darker...

Garden Notes: The signs of the season

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Scenery and gardens are taking on ruddy autumnal hues as foliage colors deepen, and many hydrangeas make the surprising transformation to russet and ruby...

Garden Notes: Seeing your garden as part of nature

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The autumnal equinox’s rainstorm last Thursday measured over an inch in the rain gauge here, and produced a stunning sunset and rainbow, as the...

Garden Notes: Watch for deer on the roads

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Fall is lawn repair time. Based on trends, it is likely that dry summers and drought figure in our future. Letting the grass attend...

Garden Notes: Fall arrives, and it’s time to look ahead

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Ah, September! College students and summer help are melting away; goldenrod glorifies; Labor Day nears; the Derby bell rings. These punctuate the 10 weeks...

Garden Notes: Tips on our dry gardens

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We had a couple of rainfall apéritifs. Thankfully, it was enough to lay the dust, although drought conditions persist. Checking in with various gardens, it...

Garden Notes: Hostas can help

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Meadowsong’s seasonal chorus has already begun. It is an elegy that could rightly be called “September Song.” The trilling and singing of millions of...

Garden Notes: The appeal of quiet in summer

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The latest, largest rhododendron, R. maximum, is flowering. Daylilies create banks of color everywhere. Towering oakleaf hydrangeas are like small trees, white flower trusses...

Garden Notes: It was a great June for roses

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Not sophisticated enough for the designed garden, the old-time combo of rambler roses, tawny daylilies, blue hydrangeas, and Japanese honeysuckle is a signature of...

Garden Notes: Boxwood is a lifetime plant

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The height of the garden year has already come and gone: summer solstice. Not to worry; there is plenty of action still to come,...

Garden Notes: Pollinators needed

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The spring solstice approaches, the summit of the earthly year. The roots from the seed, the chick from the egg, the graduate from the...

Garden Notes: Eat most locally of all

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Despite the fluctuations of the weather, Memorial Day is almost here. We can be thankful we do not live in leafed-out Denver, where within...

Garden Notes: Viburnums and lilacs

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Mornings are light by 5:30. Birdsong is increasing, as staking out territories intensifies. Suddenly, vernal greenery surrounds us. This happens every year, but is...