Easter with Cherry Blossoms and Tourists

Midday Easter Sunday I took the subway downtown with my new bike (love it!) to check out the cherry blossoms and see what other plants might be putting on a show for the tourists. On the trip I noticed people…Easter with Cherry Blossoms and Tourists originally appeared on Garden Rant on April 5, 2018.
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Easter with Cherry Blossoms and Tourists by Susan Harris

Midday Easter Sunday I took the subway downtown with my new bike (love it!) to check out the cherry blossoms and see what other plants might be putting on a show for the tourists. On the trip I noticed people in costume and learned that they were on their way to Awesome Con, which is DC’s version of Comic Con. One attendee happy to pose for my camera was dressed as poison ivy. (Hey, if it’s plant-related, it’s fodder for a garden blog.) The sky was grey and cloudy and the cherry blossoms not quite at their peak, so I hope you’ll forgive the less than gorgeous iPhone photography. The conditions weren’t stopping the swarms of visitors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial from memorializing the day. Readers may remember that I’m not a fan of this memorial, but I was happy to see that it’s looking a bit more welcoming after four years of plant growth. (Too bad there aren’t any plants to do that for an even less popular national memorial in DC.) And it’s great to see how meaningful thi..
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Tree Planting: How to Choose the Right Planting Site

Tree Planting Tree Planting: How to Choose the Right Planting Site By Arbor Day Foundation | April 6, 2018 Guest post by John Lang of Friendly Tree. With the world bursting into life all around us, spring is the perfect season to plant a tree. Many homeowners spend lots of time and energy choosing the perfect tree and digging the right sized hole, yet take very little time to consider the planting site itself. Trees have very specific site requirements that should be considered before they are given a new home. Planting a tree is not like hanging a picture; it is very difficult (and expensive) to move if you don’t get it just right. Here are some steps you can take for tree planting success: First, choose the right species for your yard It can be tempting to pick the prettiest tree in the nursery, but looks aren’t everything. You’ll need to determine what kind of tree will do best in your climate, soil, and growing conditions. Trees that require full sun need a minimum..
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