Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea  by  Susan Harris

Back in April i wrote about visiting Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA with a bunch of other garden writers. Becky instructed us in potting up a bunch of summer-blooming bulbs, which pot tipped over in my car the minute I drove away. So as to the results of our potting workshop, call me skeptical. Making me even more skeptical were the care instructions for when we got home. I mean who has a sunny window large enough to hold this pot? Not to mention the cats… But despite me, just look at the thing two months later! Here’s the plant list straight from Becky Heath: Lilium ‘Mona Lisa’ Dahlia ‘Gallery Leonardo’ Zantedeschia ‘Paco’ Oxalis triangularis Muhlenbergia capillaria ‘Pink’ Right now there are six lilies blooming, so the fragrance is intense. Another plant give-away came my way when I attended a talk about hydrangeas at the National Arboretum by Ryan McEnaney of Bailey’s Nurseries in MN. The talk was free and then imagine the delight of the crowd when we were all given ..
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Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea

Back in April i wrote about visiting Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA with a bunch of other garden writers. Becky instructed us in potting up a bunch of summer-blooming bulbs, which pot tipped over in my car the…Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 28, 2018.
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13 Stunning Trees Around the World

Misc Trees 13 Stunning Trees Around the World By Sheereen Othman | June 29, 2018 Nature is full of wonder and beauty. The more time you spend outdoors, the greater your appreciation is for the natural world. Trees are some of the most fascinating phenomena, and these rare trees around the world prove it. How many of these trees do you recognize? 1. Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Lacebark pine This conifer grows naturally in central and northern China. It has exfoliating bark that peels back to reveal a patchwork of colors including white, olive, light purple and silver. 2. Banyan Tree Banyan tree in Waikiki, Honolulu City, Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA. The Banyan tree features a long root roots from the broadly spread side branches. This unique tree sends shoots down from its branches to form new trunks, causing it to become very expansive. In fact, a single specimen can resemble a small forest. 3. Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens Redwood..
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Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred  by  Carol Reese

Gardeners look at things maybe morning AND evening because that’s what gardeners do. I’ve grown impatient with those people that tell me they just don’t have a green thumb. I lay a steely eye on them and tell them to admit that they just don’t care. There is no magic dust sprinkled on a newborn babe that endows them with green thumbedness. It’s not a knack, it’s not talent, and it’s not in your genes. Plants thrive for people that take care of them. If you can’t grow a plant, any plant, then you should probably not be trusted with a puppy. There’s a reason gardeners often have sore backs. People “with green thumbs” learned the plant’s needs for soil, light and moisture, or lack of moisture. They might have started with researching this information, or they may have just paid attention. Plants tell people when they need things, and people who get that don’t try to make the plant fit into their schedule. I know a plant is likely doomed when a person asks “how often do I water it?” My s..
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Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred

Gardeners look at things maybe morning AND evening because that’s what gardeners do. I’ve grown impatient with those people that tell me they just don’t have a green thumb. I lay a steely eye on them and tell them to…Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 29, 2018.
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Wish Me Luck  by  Allen Bush

My good luck began this spring with a three-year-old thoroughbred named Justify. I was smitten the first moment I saw the beautiful chestnut-colored horse walk onto the Churchill Downs track for a short gallop. I knew right away, early in the morning, two days before the Derby, where I was headed with my bet. I put Justify on top, followed by second and third place finishers, and won the Trifecta. Don’t begrudge me. I’m entitled to a winning Derby Trifecta once in a lifetime. Justify went on to win the Preakness and the Belmont to claim horse racing’s Triple Crown. I didn’t press my betting luck at the Preakness and Belmont. Luck can carry you only so far. The self-seeding Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’ on May 8th, a few days after the Derby. Gardening is not so different. There have been beautiful days in Kentucky this spring when our garden approached epiphany, but they were scarce; yet the miserably hot days didn’t discourage me—too much. April was the coolest April on rec..
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Wish Me Luck

My good luck began this spring with a three-year-old thoroughbred named Justify. I was smitten the first moment I saw the beautiful chestnut-colored horse walk onto the Churchill Downs track for a short gallop. I knew right away, early in…Wish Me Luck originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 27, 2018.
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If Timbers Could Talk

Lied Lodge If Timbers Could Talk By Arbor Day Foundation | June 27, 2018 If stately timbers in the lobby of Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm could speak about what has passed beneath them in the 25 years since they were erected, what tales they could tell. Since its dedication in 1993, Lied Lodge has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors from all walks of life. Some are families on vacation or seeking a unique place for a weekend together. Some are wedding parties or reunion gatherings or business groups making plans or seeking ways to motivate their sales forces. But many are conservation and natural resource organizations of every imaginable kind. The key concept behind the creation of Lied Lodge was to provide a place to facilitate the discussion of natural resource issues and problems facing our nation’s environment — and to work together on solutions. Toward this end, every major agency has held conferences at Lied Lodge including the U.S...
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Warranty Solutions Empowers Consumers to Leave A Greener Footprint

Corporate Partnerships Warranty Solutions Empowers Consumers to Leave A Greener Footprint By Arbor Day Foundation | June 26, 2018 Guest post by our friends at Warranty Solutions. Everything we do releases energy, energy that is converted into carbon dioxide and released back into the atmosphere. Every time you switch on a light, turn on your computer, or drive your car, you’re emitting carbon. It may not seem like much, but collectively we’re leaving a giant carbon footprint, 6-7 billion metric tons of carbon annually to be exact. These emissions contribute to climate change, which is negatively affecting the environment. In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency released a major carbon emissions study that showed that poorly maintained or malfunctioning vehicles can release as much as ten times the emissions of a well-maintained vehicle. Our company, Warranty Solutions, which specializes in Vehicle Service Contracts, was so alarmed by the finding that we felt compel..
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What’s your corpse flower’s name? Ours is Morty.  by  Elizabeth Licata

It’s that time of year again. Our local botanical gardens has joined the ranks of other such sites across the US to introduce a titan arum (“corpse flower”) event, based on the bloom cycle of the plant. I have never seen one of these in bloom and am not sure I’ll get there in time for this one. Indeed, I have heard that the stench of the plant is already fading. But I’m fine with anything that helps the gardens, and this does provide some botanical education as well. I am sure many of you have corpse flower events in your areas. That’s all I have to say, but here are the thoughts of columnist Bruce Adams, who writes a weekly post for the Buffalo Spree website: They actually cut it open this time. Interesting! Ahh, smell the aroma If you’re fond of the odor of dead bodies, you’re in for a treat at Buffalo’s and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The details: Corpse flowers typically bloom every seven to ten years. They are the second biggest flower in the world (think Audrey II from Litt..
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