Attracting Finch

Attracting Finch to Your Feeder   Garden Clippings October 28, 2017   At the first blanket of snowfall, we’ll scrub down the bird feeders and hang them in the backyard just outside the dining room window. We will fill the feeders with fresh seed and within a few days our feathered friends will delight us…

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Washington

October 21, 2017 Washington Back in 1793, nearly 225 years ago, George Washington laid the cornerstone for the US Capitol Building.  It was America’s most impressive structure. Among Washington’s other quests was the creation of a botanical garden.  This dream was supported by Presidents Jefferson and Madison and in 1920 the USA Botanical Garden was…

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Fall Pruning

Garden Clippings for Oct 14, 2017 Fall Pruning Thanksgiving Day’s incredible weather compelled me to spend time in the garden rather than at the Brigden Fair.  At the end of the day, I realized we accomplished far more than anticipated. Job one was emptying the containers of their seasonal flowers.  Most of the flowers still…

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Neat Freak

Neat Freak Garden Clippings for October 7, 2017 You would never know it by looking at my desk, but I admit that I am a neat freak.  Cheryl is even better than me.  Or worse, depending which end of the tidy scale you are standing. Most of us are.  We get up in the morning…

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Chicago

Chicago – Garden Clippings Saturday September 30, 2017 Chicago, America’s third largest city is perhaps mostly known for its varied and bold architecture. Chicago is a city of museums and art galleries, anchored by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. For the sports enthusiasts, Chicago is home to the…

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Boxwood

Boxwood Garden Clippings for Sept 23, 2017 In our home landscape, other than dandelions, we have more Boxwood plants than any other plant.  There is a Boxwood hedge bordering the Rudbeckias in the south garden and there are Boxwoods planted at the base of the wrought iron fence.  There is another hedge around the back…

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Holly

Holly Garden Clippings for Sept 16, 2017 Ho, ho, ho, have a Holly, Holly Christmas.  No matter what time of the year, whenever I see a Holly (ilex) bush, I think of Christmas.  Holly’s dark green leaves, with sharply toothed margins along with the familiar bright red berries will put the nastiest scrooge in a…

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What’s wrong with my?

What’s wrong with my? Garden Clippings for September 9, 2017 What’s wrong with my Flowering Crab tree? Apple trees and Flowering Crab-apples have been dropping leaves all summer.  Some trees have by now almost completely defoliated.  The culprit is apple scab, a fungus that has done more harm this year than ever, mostly because of…

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Fall Grass Work

Fall Grass Work Garden Clippings for September 2, 2017 Like clockwork.  On August 22, the Japanese Beetles disappeared.  They arrived on July 19 and bothered us for 34 days.  The last beetle keeled over a week ago Tuesday, at around 8:30 in the evening. Okay, perhaps it was not quite so precise.  But Japanese beetles…

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Trees, But

Trees, But. Garden Clippings for August 26, 2017 Looking for the perfect shade tree?  You will be sadly disappointed because there really is no such thing. We love our trees, but ask any homeowner how they like their particular tree, and they will answer with both positives and negatives. My sister in law who lives…

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