Bugged by Insects and Other Garden Wildlife?

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy. – Emily Dickinson All gardens are full of insects and other wildlife. Most of them go about their business with little thought to humans. Butterflies roam from flower to flower, and caterpillars feast...

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Four seasons of beauty: ‘Annabelle’

On this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I’m going to focus on one plant: my ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea arborescens. Until I met ‘Annabelle,’ I didn’t have much luck with hydrangeas. Their performance was just so-so. We have extremely hot summers, and even in the shade, my hydrangeas often sulked. Once again,...

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Summers Like These

Warm southern breezes touched by the sun. Just enough rainfall to make the perennial border sing with color; the vegetables abundant and crisp; and the Bermuda grass still green in July. Dragonflies and butterflies zip and swirl in an acrobatic dance above the flowers, while their plant eating cousins...

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Before and After

The alternative title could be “How I Got Poison Ivy from Hell.” Our log cabin rests on the east side of a gentle hill. HH originally built it that way to take advantage of the lakeside views from our French doors. It also has something to do with keeping...

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Five Good Reasons To Deadhead

We have reached that pinnacle of the gardening season when we need to deadhead many of our perennials and shrubs. The spring and summer flush is over, and we’re faced with ugliness at the end of the stem. Wait a minute. You say you don’t want to? It’s too...

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GTS and Sunday Stroll: That Reckamp Glow

A few years ago, I visited my friend, Judy Ann’s, garden. It was early evening in late June, and the air was filled with the sound of tree frogs singing a chorus. At the back of the border standing tall in the fading sunlight, I saw my first Reckamp...

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Land of the Free

And home of the Brave. We celebrated with lots of yard work in the a.m. Look for the evidence in the background of the photo. Now, it’s time to kick back, eat brats, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and corn salad. Ice cream and a red, white &...

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