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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Spring garden combination Just for fun, a photo of an attractive spring combination: large purple globes of Allium giganteum, strappy Hemerocallis leaves, and a bright, golden-leaved Spirea japonica ‘Gold Mound’ in the background.
Geums (JEE-ums), known commonly as Avens, are members of the Rosaceae family. They are especially useful to gardeners in Zones 5 and 6 because they are quite hardy (to Zone 4), they will grow in full sun or partial shade, and, … Continue reading
The Mt. Baker lilac was introduced in 1961 by Canadian Frank Skinner, known for his cold-hardy lilac hybrids. The Hyacinthiflora lilacs were developed as crosses between the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, and the hardy northern Chinese native, Syringa oblata. Mt. Baker probably … Continue reading
For those readers living in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Ohio, there’s a handy degree day information site available, courtesy of Michigan State University, and supported by several turfgrass associations. All you have to do is enter your zipcode and … Continue reading