Over Wintering

Hydrangea Report – March 6th

On Cape Cod we don’t care so much about about “Wind Chill temperatures” – we want reports on “Hydrangea Kill temperatures.” Knowing that our beloved Hydrangea macrophylla form their flower buds the previous summer, we all want those buds to make it through the winter so that our shrubs will come into bloom in the…

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Bringing Plants Indoors In The Fall

I don’t know about you, but I’m about to start bringing many plants back indoors. Some of these are houseplants that were sent to “summer camp” in shady areas, and others are tender annuals or perennials that I love to save from year to year. I have begonias, succulents, geraniums and philodendrons ready to come…

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Spring in December! What to do when the winter starts out WARM

All over the Northeast people are loving the unusually warm weather. Our plants, however, seem confused. Those on the Cape Cod Gardening Facebook Group have been commenting about plants breaking dormancy or blooming four and five months too soon. “What’s going to happen next spring?” they wonder. In general we can say this: if a spring…

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After the Blizzard – Dreaming of Spring

Since many Cape Codder’s aren’t dug out from the storm yet, we have plenty of time to evaluate our landscape and dream of spring. Here are a few after-the-storm gardening tips: Be sure to check the shrubs around your yard as soon as you’re able to get to them. If it’s possible, knock off any…

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January in the Cape Cod Garden

For many people, winter is a blessing and a curse. We may not relish dealing with snow and ice, but it can be a relief not to deal with mowing the grass, watering a flowerbed or pulling up weeds. Some enjoy the look of snow on shrubs or flowering Helebores while others find their idea of…

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Containers in Winter

As you look out onto your deck or yard this winter you might be wondering if those container plants that you never did anything with will survive the cold. Perhaps they are perennials or shrubs you intended to plant but never got into the ground. Or maybe they are shrubs that you want to stay…

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Care of Lemon Cypress & Norfolk Island Pines

After the holidays it’s worthwhile to care for the small cypress or Norfolk Island pine trees that you’ve used for holiday decorations. These make excellent, long lasting houseplants and the cypress can go into outdoor containers in the summertime. People often wonder if these plants can be planted in the landscape, however, and the answer…

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Still Time To Take Cuttings

Since we haven’t had a frost yet it’s still possible to take some cuttings of your favorite annuals and perennials. For easy propagation you’ll need some rooting cubes (see photo), rooting hormone, plastic trays to hold your cubes and cuttings, and a sharp knife. 1. Cut pieces of the plants you wish to propagate that…

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Saving Dahlia Tubers

If you grew Dahlias this summer you probably want to save the tubers for next year. That’s one of the joys of this annual flower…you can not only save them from year to year and add new colors to your collection, but you’ll have tubers to share with your friends. Here’s how to proceed. 1.…

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What to do With Tropical Hibiscus in Spring

“I brought my tropical hibiscus that I bought last year into the house in September,” the caller asked. “What do I do with it now?” Soon our greenhouses will be filled with these showy, easy plants that are summer annuals in this area. They make great patio and porch plants in sunny locations and many…

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