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Water those vegetable plantings

Summer weather has finally arrived and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside more and get work done. With a lot more people getting into gardening, see my recommendations for watering vegetables. The grass is growing fast as ever but that doesn’t mean it...

Rising Sun Redbud changes with seasons

Cercis Canadensis, also known as the Rising Sun Redbud, is a native tree that lives in full sun or under the shade larger trees and grows about 8-12 feet tall and wide. As a small tree, it will fit into many landscapes and it is also a tree that provides four seasons...

How different will this summer be?

As I sit at my computer, rereading past blog posts and pondering the upcoming summer season, I am reminded of how very different the world is now from any other time in my life. For me, summer usually includes the promise of warm weather, fresh produce, beach...

Tropical plants bring a special look to a home and outdoor landscape and as people search for solutions during the uncertain times during the coronavirus epidemic, something special could be just what you need. Often large and fast growing, tropicals can quickly...

Dipping outside the box

Picture this. You come pulling into the driveway with an 8 foot round stock tank in your husbands truck (you told him you were going to the dump). He goes on and on about what animal did you buy now, and you just say “trust me.” A few hours of elbow grease later and...

Become a Purple Martin landlord

Even as a kid, birds had fascinated Bill Whelan. There were no airports within sight of his Laurel schoolhouse window. But thanks to a nearby homeowner who had erected an avian apartment unit atop a towering pole, he discovered the sheer joy of watching Purple Martins...

Misunderstood bats get a bad rap

Out of the 1,300 bat species on Earth not a single one wants to drink your blood and they don’t share a family tree with Dracula. Bats are often misunderstood but an extremely important animal here in Maryland, a state that 10 species call home. Bats belong to the...

the History of the Wedding Dress

June is the traditional month for weddings, and the ultimate symbol and one of the primary focuses for the big day is the wedding dress. Wedding dresses have a long history that includes representing family honor, color choices and symbolism, fashion and style periods...