Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Trick to Beat the Starlings

The Red-breasted Nuthatches that arrived in our neighborhood last month are still hanging around the bird feeders. I hope that means they’ll be staying for the entire winter! Nuthatches eat peanuts, sunflower seeds and suet. Unfortunately, those are also the … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Zinnia Zahara ‘Starlight Rose’

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Back to the Waves

Every year when it’s time to order flower seeds, I struggle with the petunias. There are so many cultivars to choose from. I write down a long list of petunias that intrigue me, but when it comes time to hit … Continue reading

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Salvia ‘Amore Scarlet Bicolor’

Over the weekend I ordered most of my seeds for the flowers that will fill next year’s flowerbeds. I wasn’t exactly prepared to place my orders, but the Black Friday deals and free shipping offers were just too irresistible to … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Up Close and Personal: Last Gasp of Fall

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Maybe Next Year

I grew two tomato plants this year, but I never got to taste a single tomato. The chipmunks got to the first few fruits before I did by taking little bites out of them. I’m not keen on hantavirus or … Continue reading

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A Bit of the White Stuff

The first snowfall of the season is officially in the books. Light rain turned into giant snowflakes early on Saturday morning. It snowed for about an hour and completely covered the grass, but by late morning it had all melted. … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Celosia ‘Chinatown’

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Orienpet Lily ‘Valverde’

Orienpet lily ‘Valverde’ is a nice break from all those pink lilies. The color is a warm peachy-yellow: ‘Valverde’ grows 3 to 4 feet tall (or taller) in sun or part-sun. The flower stalks are sturdy, and this cultivar is … Continue reading

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