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Norfolk pine is a charming Christmas tree

Uh oh. You need a last-minute gift or a tiny tree to brighten a corner of your holiday home. Here comes a Norfolk pine to the rescue. Whew. That was close. Looking like miniature Christmas trees, Norfolk pines pop up at garden centers and…

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Christmas cacti make lovely gifts and décor

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus are popping up everywhere. They’re lovely living gifts that enliven holiday décor and add beauty year-round. If you like floral irony, this is your plant. Even though they are fleshy succulents, they originated not in arid regions but in the…

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Frightfully fun jack-o’-lantern lore

Spooky or silly?  How do you carve your jack-o’-lantern? Whether you go for fun or fright, jack-o’-lantern carving is a family-friendly way to mark the season. Have you ever wondered how the tradition got started? As with much folklore, it…

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Create a pollinator-friendly garden

Soldier beetle

What did you have for breakfast?  If your plate included toast with jam, fresh berries, granola with nuts, coffee and juice, you had a nice balanced breakfast, right? Take away everything that needs a pollinator and your left with only dry…

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Invite butterflies to your garden

A common buckeye butterfly sips nectar from native New York ironweed.

Raise your hand if you love butterflies.  Wow, that’s a lot of hands.  It’s hard to resist the fluttering appeal of butterflies with their delicate wings, zig-zag flight and graceful presence in our gardens.  So, why resist?  Revel in butterflies’ visits…

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How plants cope with soaring temperatures

Hot enough for ya?  It’s only July, but we’ve had more than our share of relentless heat. Have you ever wondered how plants cope with heat?  It’s not as if they can turn on their air conditioners or pour themselves…

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In praise of good bugs. Good bugs are a gardener’s best friend.

Small potted herb garden

Boonsboro, MD –  Ladybugs.Lacewings.Ground beetles.Wasps. What do all these insects have in common?  They are the good guys, the beneficial insects that help keep bad bugs at bay in our gardens.  Nine out of 10 insects are beneficial. Yes, most…

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