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Dogwood trees worth the extra work

Dogwood trees can at times feel like caring for a young child. A favorite of Southerners, the trees are a bit picky about where they’re put, getting cranky in too much sun, moisture or dryness or when their environment changes quickly. But their inspiring beauty and...

Try tomatoes that don’t bite back

The second Sunday in May is set aside for celebrating moms, grandmoms, and others who have lovingly nurtured us. But it also marks the unofficial start of outdoor planting season for gardeners who’ve lovingly tended tomato plants...

Brothers are history detectors

If you have ever spotted someone ambling along in a field, slowly swinging a metal detector to and fro with each careful step, and wondered, “What could they possibly be finding out there?”, the answer might surprise you. The Mid-Shore is rife with history and...

Plant pairing sites prepare combo platter

As a former editor of The Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper for horticulture and a garden club member, I get lots of e-mails about gardening. Recently an e-mail from Proven Winners announced the launch of a new, free “Perfect Plant Pairings” tool which was developed to...

Growing ‘forgotten fruit’

If you could choose any fruit tree to grow, which would you pick?. Today’s iconic standby, the apple, would likely be the most popular answer. But some area growers with a taste for adventure are branching out, helping to carve a new niche for forgotten native...

The world’s largest chandelier

Chandeliers have always made a room significant, with sparkling crystals and dazzling light displays that illuminate the night. They can also be quite grand and important in the antique and antiquities world, not only for their crystal and priceless components, but...

Stay on top of your growing lawn

Beginning with this month, try to make an effort to mow the lawn often enough so you never have to cut off more than a third of the grass in order to maintain the recommended height. Always keep your mower blades sharpened. WEEK ONE • Try to get all perennial plants...

Threadleaf Bluestar a May icon

Amsonia hubrichtii or Threadleaf Bluestar is a wonderful native herbaceous plant that has graceful billowing branches covered with very fine soft foliage and in May it produces beautiful sky blue star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters at the tips of each branch....

Have a plan with spring cleaning

Is there anything better than coming home after a long day to a sparkling clean house? Even with a far less complicated schedule thanks to the pandemic, I still find that there are not enough hours in the day to really devote (or want to devote, frankly) to getting my...