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Word of the Week: Culm

Culms is the term used to describe the stems of the monocotyledonous plants called graminoids, as in Poaceae (grasses), Cyperaceae (sedges), Juncaceae (rushes), and Typhaceae (cattails). Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

This compact shrub is indigenous to woodland edges, prairies, and roadsides throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic.* Although somewhat slow to establish, its extensive root system, drought tolerance, and ability to fix nitrogen make it an excellent choice for challenging garden sites. Continue reading

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It’s time to winterize your garden – Here’s how

As the days grow cooler and shorter and flowers fade, there are still tasks for the home gardener. Whether you grow plants in containers on a patio, in window boxes, or a small, urban garden space, you’ll want to take protective measures for your herbaceous (perennials or annuals) or woody (evergreen or deciduous) plants. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Peduncle

What’s stalking flowers and foliage? We call leafstalks petioles. Flower stalks, on the other hand, may be referred to as either peduncles or pedicels. A peduncle is the stalk that joins the base of a solitary flower/fruit or a cluster of flowers/fruits (inflorescence/infructescence) to the main stem… Continue reading

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