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Dave's Garden Articles: By Timmy Jo Given

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Repurposing Items for the Garden: Old Tires
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

There are many items in the yard that once had a purpose but then were discarded. What to do with them? How about "repurposing" them for a little rejuvenation of the landscape...just for the fun of it!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Summer Flowers and Planting Projects
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer is in full swing, and with it, flower gardening. Here is an account of two types of easy flowers that I chose to work on this year.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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A Summer Treasure Hunt
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer is here, and with it comes the joys of stepping outdoors at any moment of the day with digital camera in hand (of course)! The treasures to be found in summer are abundant; in fact, they practically land at one’s feet. Even so, it’s fun to go on a hunt to find something unique out in the yard to capture in time during this glorious season.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

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June Morning Buddies
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

June mornings are special at the start of summer when it is cool for a few hours in the garden before the sun is high. These mornings are filled with pleasant surprises to be found and by visits from little buddies if we stop to look closely.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Gold Moss and Chinese Dunce Cap, Two Easy Succulents
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

If you are looking for easy succulents to add interest to your garden design, take a look at Gold Moss and Chinese Dunce Cap. These two understated specimens are undemanding, yet they give so much in return.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Mallard Ducks at the Park
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Knowing a little more about ducks now than I did several months ago, my story about Mallard ducks started last winter when I began to look for them at the local park.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

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In the Shade of Mom's Mimosa
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

My childhood home on the waterfront of the grand Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA had a mimosa tree in the front yard, facing the water. Memories of that tree stayed with me, and I later planted a mimosa tree, Mom's mimosa, in memory of my mother. Let me tell you a little about what grows under Mom's mimosa.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It often happens that we visit our friends or relatives at that precise moment when a particular flower or plant in their garden is at its springtime or summertime best. That is how I discovered the beauty of pink yarrow in late spring.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Fun with Forsythia
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What is that willowy shrub that bursts forth with yellow blooms each spring? It's Forsythia. Fortunate to have a vigorous Forsythia in my yard, I have come to appreciate it for the striking landscape accent it provides.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Little Spring Bulbs: Grape Hyacinth and Star of Bethlehem
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Two very prolific, easy-as-pie spring bulbs that faithfully burst forth each year are also among the small and understated flower accents for the spring garden. They produce pretty, whimsical flowers. Let me tell you a little more about them.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Oenothera speciosa: Perennial Pink Primrose
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Growing perennial flowers from seed is one of my favorite hobbies. Let me tell you about one such flower that I tried several years ago that absolutely thrives under my care: Oenothera, the persistent perennial.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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My Favorite Violas
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Springtime is my favorite time of year, especially since that's when my springtime favorites—little wild violas and violets—pop up all over the neighborhood to rival their hybridized cousins, the pansies, in form and beauty.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Money-Saving Tips for New Gardeners
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

After gardening for a few decades, you gain wisdom and insight through trial and error and sometimes through just plain luck. Although trends come and go, gardening never gets old (even though we do). I would like to pass along some ideas for items and methods I have tried and enjoyed over the years of experimenting at the start of the garden season.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Resident Canada Geese
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What are resident geese? It's not hard to figure out: a resident is one who lives in a particular place for a length of time. Usually, geese fly north and south with the seasons. However, resident geese do not migrate; they are here to stay. You have probably seen them at your local park. Here is their story.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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What a Gardener (This Gardener) Does in the Off-Season
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The Off-Season: a time when the garden lies fallow, giving the hard-working gardener a well-deserved break. Considering that we all live in various climates and growing season zones, the off-season is a little different for everyone; yet for all of us, it is rapidly coming to a close!. Before the off-season turns into the "On-Season", let me tell you what the off-season is like for me.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Snow Geese in Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I had but one wish this winter, as I do every winter, and that is to witness a field of snow geese up close. That's what snow geese do: They fly about in search of a safe place such as a quiet field to find grain and other vegetation left on the ground from autumn. When snow geese congregate upon a wide expanse of acreage, it's a sight to see.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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My Friends, the Blue Jays
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Some say they are calling out, "Thief!" while others describe their call as if they are screaming "Jay!" I'm not so sure I agree. It's not easy to describe the Blue Jay's call in English words, but I can tell you that I recognize it when I hear it, and it makes me glad that my friends the Blue Jays are back for the winter.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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American Holly, State Tree of Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The American Holly's charm, often hidden from view, now makes a statement among the bare deciduous trees of winter. Although this endearing native tree flourishes in many states in the U.S., I am glad that it is Delaware's state tree.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Rethinking a Houseplant Collection
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

As a longtime lover of houseplants, it lately occurs to me to carefully consider space and time limitations so that my life is balanced between daily responsibilities and caring for my all-time favorites.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Houseplants Outdoors, A Pumpkin Indoors
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I used to think that houseplants were special species that could only live indoors. Then I began to place a few of them outdoors to see how they would fare. Likewise, I once grew a pumpkin plant indoors during cold weather. Here is my tale of growing things in exchanged settings.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Persistent Weeds and Volunteer Trees
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Certain weeds and volunteer trees pop up regularly on my property and need to be removed before they establish themselves. Here are some strategies for removal and observations about these invaders.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Raynox Adapter Lens: Taking Macro to the Next Level
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Macro nature photography is a fun pursuit, and anyone can enjoy it. Here's how to take macro photos with a snap-on lens.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Yard and Garden Projects for Fall
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The heat of summer is past, and it's time to recharge the landscape and the garden with some projects. Here are a few tasks for this season. Let's see if I actually get around to them all.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Delaware's Great Cypress Swamp and the Bald Cypress Tree
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

There is a cypress swamp near my home in Delaware with bald cypress trees that have a rich history. I wanted to find out more! Here are some tidbits about the local Great Cypress Swamp in my area featuring these intriguing trees.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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The Garden in August
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

August is here, and it brings a sense of endless summer. It's picking time in my vegetable garden and time to pay attention to the flower garden with as much interest as I had in June and July. Here is the story of the challenges in my August garden.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

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Norma's Garden Pool
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It is always a treat to go to Norma's house to swim in her family's pool surrounded by the beautiful garden that she has lovingly tended over the years. While others would call it a pool garden, I prefer to see it as a garden pool.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

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Humiture and Staying Safe
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

This time of year, during the hottest days of summer, the weatherman warns us about "Humiture". What is humiture? Here are a few links and tips to help understand it and to be prepared for the humidity that comes with the weatherman's warning.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Beauty Run Amok
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Wherever you go across the USA, there are folks who have non-native, invasive plants on their property for reasons that aren’t entirely logical. Sometimes landowners plant them for the novelty of growing an attractive, exotic specimen. Others simply find themselves with these invasives spreading all by themselves. Often, these plants are out of control, and certain ones are noxious weeds in that state. Here are a few pretty plants that are considered invasive, potentially invasive, or downright noxious in Delaware.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

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Skippers, Species, and Fun with Macro
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Just off the side entrance to my humble ranch home lays a fascinating, busy world among the medley of summertime flowers that crop up each year. This little universe regularly beckons me and my camera to observe its beauty from a bug's eye view.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Make It Do
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." This slogan was popular during the Great Depression and on through the 1930s and 1940s in America when ordinary folks generally understood frugal living. Although not so familiar anymore, its meaning is still relevant today, even in gardening.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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An Iris Plan
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I have an iris plan. First let me say that each spring, I SO look forward to the majestic, spear-shaped bearded irises awakening in my yard. Then, when I notice their stalks reaching upward with pointy, rolled-up blooms, I get real excited. The flower of an iris is a reason for living. It's a reason to continue gardening, year after year, decade upon decade.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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I Have a Memorial Garden
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Maybe it's not a traditional memorial garden, but everything planted in my yard represents a person remembered at a moment in time that I always want to hold on to and cherish. My plants serve to honor a few people in my life who influenced me as a young gardener.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

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Simply Strawberries
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

My husband and I have had strawberries in our garden for twenty years. It’s with a great feeling of satisfaction each spring that we can simply walk out our back door with a plastic bucket to freely pick that which our friends must purchase. How do we do it? We keep it simple. Find out how you can do it, too.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

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Stepping Outdoors to Enjoy a Country Winter
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Christmas is over, the New Year is here, and the joy of a winter walk out in the country is calling, especially now that the sun is shining more and more each day.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Harvest Treats: Pumpkin Pie and Muffins
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It's fall, and that means homemade pumpkin pie. Here are two recipes, one for pumpkin pie, and one for pumpkin muffins, just in time for the holidays to warm the kitchen and the heart.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Five Easy Houseplants and How to Grow Them
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The elegance of an attractive houseplant combined with easy care is what we all want. The following popular specimens are handsome foliage plants that are also low-maintenance and rewarding for anyone to grow.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Plant Rescue
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Gardeners are caretakers, so a gardener's nurturing skills are often needed to fix something that's not quite right. At those times, we are rescue workers. Here is the story of my recent rescues across the seasons.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

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Turning the Page: Autumnal Equinox
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Fall has arrived. Where did summer go? An overused cliché, perhaps. But it states how I am thinking and feeling. At the height of summer, time stood still. Steady temperatures, no surprises, almost boringly predictable! But change has come. And now it is time to turn the page.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

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Box Garden, Grunge Garden
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Box gardening is growing in popularity these days, so I thought I would try it this season. After reading up on it, my husband and I took the plunge. But we still longed for our good old “grunge garden” out back. So we ended up with two kinds of gardens this year. Here is our end-of-the-season report.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

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Potting on a Shoestring
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It’s always a treat to see healthy potted plants in beautiful, fancy containers on display. But for those lean times when you do not have a gorgeous pot or even a pot at all, you can still have attractive indoor plants.

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