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Now I Know Why It's Called Winter Savory

Here's Winter Savory today, Easter, March 31, next to a picture of the same plant posted in early February: Any plant that holds its color, scent and leaves that well through the winter is worthy of consideration for the herb garden!

Twenty Stormworthy Native Trees for Southern New England

A favorite armchair-gardening activity of mine is creating lists of plants for special conditions.

What to do with storm-ravaged trees

With plenty of winter and two hurricanes behind us in southern New England, our trees are much the worse for wear. Here are some thoughts on how to manage storm-ravaged trees in the coming months from my recent article in the New London Day/Zip06. 

Witch hazel in the February snow and frost. Snow Flowers

What is an oxymoron? It's usually used to describe two words or concepts that don't belong together (the usual cliche is "military intelligence"). Do "snow flowers" qualify?

Landscape Makeover Contest Designed by Vo-Ag Students

The Connecticut Garden & Landscape Trail is a brochure with the names and locations of garden centers, nurseries, and public gardens in the state. It's offered at many garden center check-out lanes and in travel kiosks around the state. This year, the Suffield Regional chapter of the Future Farmers of America added a new twist by designing a "stamp your passport" program.

Cleaning Out Last Year's Black Plastic Pots

People often ask: Can we recycle plant pots? That question has a surprisingly complex answer (see below). This display at the Connecticut Flower Show caught my eye.

Lawn care Take Some of the "Care" Out of Lawn Care

A lot of green-minded people look askance at lawns these days, sometimes for good reasons. But I had the good fortune to hear Cornell turf expert Dr. Frank Rossi speak on the ecological values of lawns last year and he offered a unique perspective. I later interviewed him.

Heath winter blooms The Heath from Beneath the Snow

On February 4, I showed heath (right) in bloom along a sidewalk in my coastal Connecticut community. Then we had the biggest snow storm of the season on February 8 & 9. The blossoms were buried, of course.Heath emerges from two-week snow cover, still in bloom.</body></html>

What's Yellow & Red & Blooms in February?

Ah, yes . . . Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis). Seen nearby today, February 25. 

 

Chinese witch hazel Hamamelis mollis in bloom, February 25, Connecticut

When Bad Things Happen to Good Trees

Trees that I've been (successfully) nurturing for 15 years are groaning under snow loads, wind and ice. Here's an example of a Blue Point Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point') that we planted as a 2' sapling around 1998. It had grown to a very healthy 18'. The February 2013 storms have broken a number of branches from the center.  

 

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