Peanuts

Peanuts Garden Clippings for August 11. Leroy, the friendly retired guy who lives at the end of Peony Lane loves the outdoors.  Every night, unless the weather is nasty, he’ll spend an hour or so in the backyard, slowly swinging on his settee that long ago he shared with his dear wife. Leroy loves peanuts. …

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Texture

Texture Garden Clippings for August 4 An 8 ft Lilac or Magnolia is much bigger than an 8 ft Japanese Red Maple.  That’s because a Lilac is dense with big, heavy foliage while a Japanese Maple is so finely textured that you can see right through it. Texture plays a far greater role in the…

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Delphiniums

Delphiniums Garden Clippings for July 28, 2018 Good gardeners aren’t good unless they have a good perennial garden.  And good perennial gardeners will plant a variety of perennials to guarantee there is always something blooming, from early spring to late fall. Every gardener has their favorite perennials, but the consensus is that the summer garden…

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Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth Garden clippings for July 21, 2018 As bugs go, Gypsy moth is one of the most unpredictable. Gypsy moth does not really care what it eats.  While most insects will target a specific host plant, Gypsy moth will eat Oaks, Maples, Birch, Beech, Willow, Poplar.  If it is a tree, Gypsy moth will…

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Stella De Oro

Stella De Oro Garden Clippings for July 14, 2018 The easiest job in the world is being the landscape architect for a shopping plaza or self serve gas station.  All you’d have to do is specify Stella De Oro daylilies in the parking lot islands and your job would be done.  Perhaps you would add…

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Who Owns Your Garden

Who Owns Your Garden Garden Clippings for July 7, 2018 Its an all too common scenario. Mom loves to putter in her garden.  Her putter time allows her to think, to dream, to relax and let off steam. Mom’s garden is not the world’s most beautiful garden, but its hers.  She owns it.  It is…

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Dormant Summer Grass

Dormant Summer Grass Garden Clippings for June 30, 2018 My farmer friend who planted up our back forty wasn’t worried.  The corn seed was sown at the end of May and in a week it began popping through the dry ground.  We hadn’t had rain through the week but there was enough moisture in the…

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Snow in June

Snow in June Garden Clippings for June 23, 2018 Snow in June?  If you live in the Twin Lakes area of Sarnia, you would not disagree.  In some areas accumulation could be measured in inches. The culprit is the Salicaceae tree which we commonly call Willows, Poplars and Aspens.  These trees drop an abundance of…

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Clever Bugs

Clever Bugs Garden Clippings for June 9, 2018 Bugs are clever little buggers.  Case in point is the Viburnum Leaf Beetle. The female adult Viburnum Leaf Beetle spends its summer in search of food and looking for a spot to lay its eggs.  She searches the landscape until she finds a Viburnum bush (snowball) and…

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Hosta Personality

Hosta Personality Garden Clippings for June 9, 2018 Everybody loves Hostas.  Rightfully so.  Hostas are the most versatile and trustworthy plant in everyone’s garden. According to the American Hosta Society, Hostas are the most popular family of perennials. While Daylilies outnumber Hostas in varieties, Hostas rule the roost in terms of sheer numbers that are…

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