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June 4, 2019 Ground Cover Roses, King George III, Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, Katherine Esau, Sarah Martha Baker, Ruth Kassinger, Paradise Under Glass, Planting Peony, and Esau’s Fables

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Ground cover roses. I had someone ask me about them recently. They are fantastic for a rose that has a low spreading habit. But, they are really not a true ground covers in that they won’t completely crowd out weeds. I used to grow this rose called “The Fairy,” which is a pink rose – it blooms all summer long. It’s a ground cover rose, and it would amble over this brick garden wall that I had, and I absolutely…

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June 3, 2019 Half-Hardy Plants, Aristides Simoni, David Douglas, Josephine Baker, Nathaniel Parker Willis, Kiftsgate Court Garden, Vanessa Berridge, Perennials for Wet Areas, Ardenoir, and Charlotte to Grace O’Brien

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Half-Hardy Plants. That’s a term you don’t run into very often – but when you do, it can be confusing. Just this morning, I swung by a garden center to check out their clearance plants, and I ended up chatting with a gardener who had running to a label that had that term: Half-Hardy Plants. The term Half-Hardy simply means that the plant will not survive a frost – that they can’t handle a dip in temperatures. So think about…

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May 31, 2019 Why Do You Garden, Charles McIlvaine, Virginia Woolf, Martha Maxwell, Walt Whitman, This Compost, Photo Friday, Hosta Inventory, Calvin Lamborn and the invention of Sugar Snap Peas

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Why do you garden? This was a question that was posted in a Facebook group I belong to, and it received over 1400 responses. The most popular were: it’s calming to bring beauty into my life to connect with nature healthy food There’s another benefit that many people often overlook: staying physically active. If you take a look at your Fitbit after spending time in your garden, you’ll realize it’s a workout.       Brevities #OTD It’s the birthday…

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May 30, 2019 Extra Garden Tools, Voltaire, Gustav Leopold Miller, the Brush Weeder, Bill Burt, National Mint Julep Day, Cicily Mary Barker, The Lilac Fairyx, Green Thoughts, Eleanor Perenyi, Perennial Vines, and Concealing Unsightly Clothesline Posts

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Today I’m heading over at 1 o’clock to Walmart to pick up my mobile order. It has a ton of things I need to get for my student gardeners. When the kids help me out in the garden, I put them in teams of two, and I generally have 6 to 8 kids helping me out in the garden on any given day. That means I need to have multiples of some of my favorite garden tools. So, today, I’m…

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May 29, 2019 Sun Traps, John Barrymore, Joyce Winifred Vickery, Alfonsina Storni, Mirabel Osler, Succession Seed Annual Flowers, and the Wedding of Townshend and Kate Brandegee

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The perfect spot for an afternoon of lounging while reading your favorite book? The definition of the sun trap is a small partially-enclosed outdoor space that receives a disproportionate amount of sunlight due to favorable conditions. Think of south-facing areas of your garden, areas without light-blocking trees, areas that are sheltered from the wind, and positioned to receive ample sunshine.         (Barrymore’s granddaughter is actress Drew Barrymore.) When Barrymore was 35 years old and on the verge…

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