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Wild ginger spices up the Maryland spring

As a pollination biologist, I have the immense privilege of studying really cool plants who trick their pollinators in fancy and incredible ways, and I tend to be naturally attracted to flowers that may not be super showy to most…

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Hummingbirds Add Grace to the Garden

Hummingbird on feeder

In a few weeks, they will return; flashes of emerald green winging their way through our gardens. The hummingbirds will be back. Around April 15, hummingbirds return from their winter digs.  Weighing about the same as a dime, they pack…

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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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