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  • crown vetch
    Crown Vetch- friend or foe?
    Crown vetch, Securigera varia or alternately Coronilla varia, is often included in weed books, but it’s also still sold as a ground cover for difficult, sunny places and for erosion control on banks and ditches. It’s another plant that...
  • Pruning Petunias
    Keep your petunias blooming spring to fall
    My grandmother used to say, "A pinch to grow an inch," and nowhere is this more true than in the garden. By the start of July, your Petunias should have been growing and blooming like crazy. But some of the flowers will also have begun...
  • hollyhocks
    Growing hollyhocks for happy gardens
    Tall and stately, hollyhocks have graced gardens for hundreds of years. Although not as popular now as they used to be, hollyhocks are a country charmer for gardeners who admire the cottage garden look or who are nostalgic for the old fashioned...
  • Petunias
    Petunias in The Garden
    Petunias make an excellent choice of flowers for one's garden. They come is a variety of colors (light purple, dark purple, pink, white, etc.). These flowers are very hardy and last up until frost in many areas.The purple variety of petunias...
  • Patriotic balsamic berries
    The easiest 4th of July food ever--red, white, blue and healthful, too
    It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and you’re thinking red, white and blue. It’s summer, and the living is easy – or so it should be. The heat is on, and guests are in town, and you’ve got some time off, but you&rsquo...
  • Stars, stripes and gardens
    Independence Day: Celebrate red, white, blue and also green-thumbs of all stripe
    Gardens grow not only plants, but also American people. As the United States of America prepares for Independence Day celebrations of red, white and blue, all green-thumbed citizens proudly carry on a tradition of gardening as one of America...
  • Free Leis at TJ's
    Free Leis at TJ's
    My wife, Jeanne, and I recently returned from a Hawaiian vacation. When we arrived at the Maui airport we were each given shell leis and then upon our resort hotel arrival (courtesy of my earlier cashing in of my travel points after a couple of...
  • Cleome
    Garden companion planting: Meet the fourth sister
    Many gardeners are familiar with the three sisters concept of planting: inter-planting corn, squash and beans as compatible companions in the garden. Adding the fourth sister to the combination promotes growth of these and other vegetables and is...
  • "In Bloom" painting details
    Sneak peek of "In Bloom" opening soon at Denver Art Museum
    Denver Art Museum (DAM) is digging in, preparing to debut “In Bloom,” a multi-media flower-inspired exhibition opening July 19. “In Bloom” features floral still life paintings by marquee artists such as Van Gogh, Manet,...
  • Roses on a picket fence
    July 2015 gardening in Tulsa
    Temperatures are starting to climb so now is a good time to move most of your gardening activities to early morning. Working when it's cooler puts less stress on you and your plants. Watering lawns and gardens before noon gives the plants time...
  • Capen Garden Walk 2013
    Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara 2015: Schedule for July 6th through 12th
    Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara 2015 runs throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region from Saturday, June 20th through Saturday, August 8th – seven weeks of gardening fun, sales, garden walks, tours and more. Here are a few things to check out as the...
  • Herbs
    July gardening
    The heat is on in the garden this month, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Get your physical work done early in the morning so you can sit in the shade in the afternoon while admiring the beauty of your garden.Celosia, coleus...
  • Hailstones
    Frustrated landscapers play catch-up, issue warnings after Front Range storms
    Denver used to brag about the city’s fair weather—so many days of sunshine per year! More sun than Florida! Or San Diego! But the Mile High City’s climate over the past year has been disastrous. In fact, longtime landscape...
  • Vegetable conatiner gardening for beginners
    Gardening vegetables in containers: Grow a salad garden
    You have decided to try your hand at gardening but where to start? Why not grow vegetables that complement and grow a salad garden in containers. Cucumbers, tomatoes and salad greens are easy to grow in containers and a great introduction to...
  • Rainy Day Gardening
    Rainy day gardening
    April showers bring May flowers, but it's almost July now and the rain just keeps pouring down around here. Predictions are that we're headed towards setting a new record for the wettest June in Illinois history. Some of your garden...
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