Nature Isn't Always Nice: Trick or Treat

With the new fall season, I always look at the garden with some trepidation—whether it is the mountainous drifts of shifting leaves that need to be raked or the ghostly-looking mushrooms that spring up overnight in the dew-laden soil.  With Halloween just around the corner and winter breathing down my neck, the garden can become a pretty scary place as the winds turn cold and sweet children become bloodsucking vampires in the blink of an eye. A garden paradise starts to reveal its dark side when plants disguise themselves as snakes and mutant gourds reign.

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Can It Be September Already?

It is impossible to believe that the calendar page flipped to September already! Hopefully, you have danced between the raindrops this summer and found plenty of time to swim, barbeque and of course, garden. Since September is usually a busy month, do some planning now and you’ll be sure to get it all accomplished.

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Planning Gardens for the Bees

What’s the buzz? The sound of summer. Filling your garden with flowering plants that bees like is the perfect way to be a part of the cycle of nature. Bees are hardworking insects—pollinating our crops and flowers for us and feeding themselves and their community at the same time. And, don’t forget the honey—one of nature’s simplest pleasures.

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After dark, fragrant moon gardens come alive

When I worked in the city, I can remember rushing home from the train to catch a glimpse of the garden before sunset as the golden light slipped away. I needed a moon garden. It seemed like a happy solution to my problem. Begin by looking for flower colors in icy- or creamy-white, light pastels or leaves with silver, gray or variegation.

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