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Garden Musings

Enjoy another entry in a new series of short form thoughts on gardening and gardeners. If you have something to say in 300 words or less, poem or prose, send it to us at Continue reading

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Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protect yourself from ticks without destroying beneficial insects. Spraying pesticides to control ticks is ineffective because ticks reside primarily within leaf litter where the sprays cannot reach them, or they are brought in by animal hosts. The pesticides, however, are nonselective and will kill pollinators and other beneficial insects they come in contact with. There are much more effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets and still enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus)

This colorful ornamental perennial, introduced from Europe and still sold commercially for use in garden pools, has escaped from gardens and become an invasive noxious weed. Continue reading

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VINE: Bignonia capreolata (Cross-vine)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Bignonia capreolata (Cross-vine)

This semi-evergreen vine can cling to stone, brick, and wood without support. Found in forests and along roadsides mainly in the South, its showy, two-tone flowers are an early nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. Continue reading

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