Category Archives: Shrubs

The Allure of Viburnums

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     I have planted more viburnums than any other species of shrub in my garden and this is why: besides having attractive foliage, viburnums offer showy, often fragrant flowers, and the majority have beautiful fall color and fruit that appeal … Continue reading

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Garden Mishaps

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     Failures in the garden provide an opportunity to learn. My garden requires a yearly editing to keep it looking cohesive. And while the summer profusion is still fresh in my mind, I like to make a list of plants … Continue reading

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This Week in the Garden- May 13, 2013

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Spring is my busiest time in the garden. Planning new areas, planting new plants and getting on top of the weeds feels like a lot. Last week I planted 7 new trees and several shrubs which, for any of you … Continue reading

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This week in the Garden

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It’s always a little overwhelming trying to stay on top of the garden this time of year. After a good bit of rain, followed by yet another frost, we seem to have hit summer with temperatures reaching into the high … Continue reading

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Time to think about lilacs:

Though we are still a few weeks away from seeing the lilacs in bloom I wanted to post the lilac article below because this is the last year for Bates Hop House lilacs. Mr. George Alverson had mentioned last year … Continue reading

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Heavenly Scent- Lilacs

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I must have been about five years old when I remember following my great-grandmother, garden shears in hand, into her garden. Mama Grace had a preference for plants with heavy perfume and, so, mock orange, roses, and bush upon bush … Continue reading

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The Ways of the Willow

After several years of experimenting with many genuses of plants I noticed that I have unconsciously been collecting the genus Salix (willow). Gardening on my 4.25 acres has been difficult at times because of the extreme changes of elevation and … Continue reading

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