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Caladiums from Enchanted Forest nursery in Texas. For the Recorder/Pat Leuchtman

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, my daughter Kate and I went to … 0

Behind plant names

Monday, February 1, 2016

With all the attention being given to the importance of native plants in our domestic landscape, one can only wonder where all the non-natives, otherwise known as exotics, came from. If you look at plant names, sometimes including the full scientific name, you will get a hint. Many of the plants discovered in … 0

Between the Rows: Plentiful primroses

Friday, January 22, 2016

Earlier this week I entered Foster’s Supermarket and the first thing I saw was a bank of primroses. I could not have been happier. Many years ago I bought a pot of Foster’s primroses and after the blossoms had gone by I saved the plant until spring tiptoed in. I planted it at … 0

Diggin’ In: Gardening trends for 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just like you sync your tablet or smart phone to cloud-like backup systems, gardening will sync with Mother Nature to create a more perfect natural world, according to Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of Garden Media Group. … 0

Between the Rows: Perennials for pollinators

Friday, January 15, 2016

The first surprising thing I learned about perennials was that they do not bloom all summer. Some may bloom for as long as four weeks, and others may send up a second flush of bloom if you remember … 0

Between the Rows: Applause for Annuals

Friday, January 8, 2016

Every year new flowers show up in the catalogs and garden centers. These new plants may get us thinking about ways we can design our plantings, help us find flowers that will thrive in challenging situations, or help … 0

Wax myrtles are perfect garden plants all year

Friday, January 8, 2016

One of winter’s native evergreens — wax myrtle — is a stunning shrub in the garden any season of the year. Wax myrtle, botanically called Morella cerifera (formerly Myrica cerifera), is a fuss-free large shrub or small tree … 0

Between the Rows: Everything changes - let new ideas take root in your garden in 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Everything changes. Change on all fronts is inescapable, unstoppable and inevitable. No one knows this more than a gardener who watches her garden change over the years. In 2016 I will be gardening in a new garden, a smaller garden, a garden that will not require as much … 0

Between the Rows: Christmas Trees Big and Small

Thursday, December 24, 2015

One of the very first things I liked about our new house, or more specifically our new yard, was the very tall evergreen in the northwestern corner. It is a magnificent tree that might be 30 feet tall … 0

The beauty of berry-producing plants

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The biggest and brightest berries on trees and shrubs, especially hollies, typically appear just in time to welcome the holiday season, making your landscape look merry. At the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., berry-laden holly … 0

Between the Rows: Horticultural Societies: A gift membership to a plant society can make a great present for gardeners

Friday, December 18, 2015

Being surrounded by books makes me feel secure and comfortable knowing that I have information or entertainment at hand whenever I need it. However, my bookshelves also hold magazine holders where I store the magazines like Fine Gardening … 0

Between the Rows: Books for gardeners

Friday, December 11, 2015

At my house every gift giving occasion should include a book, or three. Every year there is a new crop of books to help new and experienced gardeners keep up with new trends and techniques, and find new … 0

Between the Rows: Gifts for the gardener

Friday, December 4, 2015

I am not saying that gardeners are greedy, but they do not fall under the category of being hard to buy a gift for. Somehow we never have everything we need or desire. There are always new developments … 0