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Putting Your Perennials to Bed for Winter, by Shannon McKee

Your perennials will be fine if left alone over the winter, right? Wrong!

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Firs and Spruces, by Susanne Talbert

All evergreen trees are not created equal. Most people cannot tell the difference between a spruce, fir and pine, though many distinct differences do exist. Read more on what specifically makes spruces and firs different from pines.

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PlantFiles: Straw Flower 'Ruby Cluster' (Helichrysum )

Straw Flower 'Ruby Cluster'

(Helichrysum )

Large clusters of dried plant next to swimming pool(inground)were resposible for yellow pigment being deposited in pool and...
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Fast-Growing-Trees (formerly Empress Tree Nurseries, Paulownia Supply &

Review by tpleus:

I just placed an order and had a great experience all due to Jamula's excellent service and knowledge. She's an asset to...
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BirdFiles: Black Rosy Finch (Leucosticte atrata)

Black Rosy Finch

(Leucosticte atrata)

Winter residents of our area, enjoying a human-provided meal. They will eat from my hand....
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BugFiles: Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Orange Sulphur

(Colias eurytheme)

This butterfly finally stopped long enough to be photographed - they have been very "flighty" for most of the summer, and...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Bear Creek Preserve

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This is a 3,412 acre preserve of forest and steep stream valleys in the Lehigh River Watershed that is the Pocono Plateau...
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Gardening Book: Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Review by AnneThierfelder:

Really fun and informative with interesting historical accounts of encounters with some of the book's subjects. The cover...
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  Today in history: September 28  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Prepare for the winter bird feeding season by cleaning feeders and washing the birdbath. Your feathered friends will thank you.

1542: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer sailing for the Spaniards, aboard his ship San Salvador, became the first European to enter San Diego Bay

1809: Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American botanist, was born in Southampton, Massachusetts. He would write Flora of the Southern United States, and the Chapmania genus is named in his honor.

1954: George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he was frequently called the "father of hybrid corn."

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