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Plants And The Variable Winter Weather

Many of us remember the winters in our youth when the snow arrived in December or early January and stayed until spring. Ponds froze early in those days and people could walk across a lake or skate on the ice for three or more months. Winter isn’t like that anymore. One thing we know about…

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Recycling Celebrations

Today is America Recycles Day. This reminds me about Christmas at Country Garden and something I saw at the Philadelphia airport. As I walked down to my gate in October I noticed a colorful grouping of plants and old wooden pallets. Some of the boards on the pallets had been painted with random colors and stamped or…

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How Gardens Heal

I remember talking with a fellow gardener about 20 years ago. He was telling me how the garden saved him after his divorce. “There I was,” he said, “down on my knees, literally. Having my hands in the dirt kept me sane.” My friend was not alone. Many of us turn to the healing powers…

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Why Did My Hydrangea Flowers Turn Brown?

You patiently waited for six months while the Hydrangeas were bare sticks, you actually had flowers appear despite the hard winter or bad pruning, but by the first week in August they were brown!  Sometimes life is SO unfair. So why did your flowers turn brown when your neighbor’s are still in bloom? Here’s what causes…

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Good Garden Dogs

As many of you know, my husband and I got a new dog last October. We adopted Sparky from the Cape Ann Animal Aid which is located, don’t you love it, at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester, but his litter was rescued off the streets of Puerto Rico by All Sato Rescue.  Sparky turned one…

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Winter Moth Larvae Are Here!

If you haven’t looked closely at your maples, birches, crabapples, weeping cherries and roses in the past two weeks you might be missing the fact that they are being eaten. Even as the these trees and shrubs are just breaking dormancy, if you live in S.E. Massachusetts you are likely to see tiny holes in the…

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Problems With Spring Bulbs

We’ve had a few emails recently about spring bulbs, so I thought I’d talk a bit about common problems and great bulbs for this region. (S.E. Massachusetts.) One common problem people has is that their bulbs don’t come back and multiply as they expected they would. This could be the result of several situations. Soil is…

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September Garden To-Do List

September is one of the best months on Cape Cod. The weather is often still summer-like but the nights tend to be cooler, so our yards and gardens are usually beautiful. It’s a month to appreciate our lovely seaside environment, and get some landscape tweaking done before winter arrives. Here are 10 things that are good…

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Wild Turkeys In The Garden

Several of our customers have asked what they should do about the wild turkeys that are appearing more frequently in Cape Cod Landscapes. These are big birds, but they’re not always as lovable as the large yellow Sesame Street character. We all can admire the iridescence of the turkey feathers, the comical long necks and the…

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Spots on Leaves

This is the time of year when many start to notice spots on foliage. This might be on your peppers, tomatoes, hydrangeas, perennials or herbs. Shrubs, trees, and flowering plants can all show signs of leaf spot and some plants are more susceptible to it than others. Most leaf spots are fungal. Some of them just…

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