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My Greenhouse as Concert Hall

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Greenhouse grown beauties: dahlias, zinnias, and giant marigolds
Not much to report on the farm this morning. The fall breeze is wending its way through every leaf and fern frond. Buddy paces...

A Garden Fountain That Whispers Water

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As a card-carrying Aquarian (a.k.a. the water bearer), I take my garden fountain seriously, always fine-tuning and perfecting its placement and performance for both the...

Bulb Auger: Easy Way to Plant Bulbs

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If my garden were a banquet table, I would concede that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I dine and garden...

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

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Mail-Order Trees: Who Would Have Thunk? Ordering bareroot trees is to Tom as ordering books is to Oprah. I love trees, especially unusual fruit trees, sometimes forgotten...

I Planted a Tree for Someone’s Tomorrow

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In the summer, I begin my morning with a walk about the property, coffee cup in hand, bulldog in tow, boots adrip with dew. Daylight does...

Tabletop Flowers: Dahlias Without Water

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I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a friend's wedding this summer, and in the process learned a thing or two about tabletop floral displays,...

I Grow Dahlias, Dahlias Galore

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Let's talk Dahlias! I try not to play favorites with flowers. Sure, a spring peony can unfurl seemingly unmatched, that is until I spot...

Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

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Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias Dinnerplate dahlias are no shrinking violets; their presence is bold, beautiful and often times bigger than a vase can hold,...

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

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May Flowers: Thank You October-Through-April Showers Each month yields its own little surprises in my garden. In May, I welcome visitors in bloom, bough, petal and seedpod, returning...

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

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spring peach blossoms
The first day of spring couldn't have come soon enough, although winter's waning days were nothing short of halcyon — those teaser days when waterlogged...