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Some plants are not cool, skunk cabbage heats up

Eastern skunk cabbage at pine hole bog by dreamexplorer is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The middle of the winter may seem like an odd moment to think about flowers. In fact, if I look out my window, I can…

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Readers’ 2020 Gardening Highlights Vol. 2

At the end of 2020, we asked readers to share any notable stories, projects, or accomplishments from their past year in gardening activities. We received some great submissions. We will feature a portion of the submissions in this post and…

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The Itchy Truth About Poison Ivy

It starts with a twitch and an itch. Then it grows into full-blown scratchiness and dreadful knowing. You have poison ivy. Again. I tip my hat to those immune to the maddening rash that contact with this plant brings. You…

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Native insects munching on milkweed – Featured Videos

Take a look at these two videos from Harford County Master Gardeners full of information about the native monarch caterpillars and tussock moths that feed on native milkweed plants.  

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Why Do Pollinators Visit Flowers? Hint: It’s Not Just for Nectar and Pollen

Other than because I think they are pretty, I love looking at plants and their flowers. In fact, one of my pastimes has become figuring where and what is the reward that pollinators get out of their visits to their…

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Pawpaws: The Tropical Fruit From Our Forests

Spring is almost here and now we can start thinking about trees to plant if we did not get to that in the fall. Thinking about trees for my garden, I came back to one I have been considering for…

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Helen’s Flower Hails Pollinators

Helen’s flower is an underdog when it comes to native plants. It is not as well known or as popular as butterfly milkweed, bee balm, or black-eyed Susans — but perhaps it’s time for its day in the sun. It…

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