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Phlox offers a little bit of everything

At the turn of the 20th century, phlox was a mainstay in most gardens for its numerous varieties, soft colors and versatility. Its popularity faded after World War II as perennial gardens became viewed by many as too old-fashioned but has since made a comeback with...

Technology helping us to connect in pandemic

Keeping in touch in current times can be difficult with restrictions, but the pandemic has also shown the importance of reaching out to your loved ones. From the elderly living alone or in assisted living, college kids who aren’t able to easily travel home as often,...

Lucky horseshoes

Many people collect old horseshoes and antique horse equipment, but what is the legend of the lucky horseshoe, and what are the Irish origins that still have people hanging a horseshoe above a door frame, even in modern times? The folklore surrounding the story of a...

Oregon Grape Holly a welcome guest

March is the beginning of spring when the sun crosses the equator and the earth begins to tilt toward the sun. The days get warmer and the earliest bulbs begin to bloom. Some plants just can’t wait that long, like our native Oregon Grape Holly, Mahonia aquifolium....

This is the time for preparation

March is the month of preparation. Take the time to prepare your garden for the growing season by checking soil pH and cleaning up winter debris is a perfect way to start. March is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs, especially for fruit and shade trees. If...