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A new take: Fall planters re-imagined

A new take: Fall planters re-imagined

For many, fall is an epic time for decoration. Coming out of the bright hot summer, it offers a new color palate, new materials and every year has new ideas circulating. Chrysanthemums continue to be a fall mainstay, checking many boxes for a wonderful fall look. But...

Bringing some Spain to the Shore

Where Miguel Figueria grew up in Spain along the Atlantic coast, small personal vineyards were ubiquitous. Families raised the grapes, made their own wine and shared it with other families throughout the year at celebrations or for no other reason than being...

Pampas becoming a fit for any season

Surely somewhere, a blushing bride has shown her father her on-trend pampas grass bouquet inspiration only to hear him say, “ah, that stuff? It grows down the back lane all the time.” As usual, Dad’s right. The airy, boho trend of dream weddings is indeed something...

Love story: The trees we leave behind

Mindie Burgoyne’s love affair with trees goes all the way back to her childhood. She wrote about her deeply rooted connection in a blog post, “How to Talk to Trees” (https://travelhag.com/how-to-talk-to-trees/). Forthrightly stated, the words are helpful how to hints...

Prices are right for preserving farmhouse

(This article marks the fourth in a series focusing on historic farmhouses on the Mid-Shore. These homes have been in the same family for decades, and are being given new life by the younger generation that now lives in them.) In Kennedyville, just down the road from...

Camellias can grow here

Camellias can grow here

Camellias, originating in China and Japan, found favorably fertile ground and devoted fans in the Southern United States. Despite being traditionally trickier to grow farther north, they remained a sentimental favorite of geographically transplanted Southern...

Taylor family farmhouse rooted with humble start

(This article marks the third in a series that will focus on historic farmhouses in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. These homes have been in the same family for decades, and are being given new life by the younger generation that now lives in them.) Outside...

Seed saving: A growing hobby to savor

As summer settles into fall, it’s tough to let go of that urge to garden. Becoming a seed saver could channel that energy and preserve plant diversity. For those on a budget, seed saving requires minimal cost and saves spending money buying seeds. It also helps...

Bought a new tree? What now?

There are a few things husbands don’t like to hear. Well, maybe more than few, but some — “I got it on sale!”, “Look what I rescued!” and “Honey, where’s a big shovel?” can really mean an improvement to the landscape when you stroll in with some trees and ornamentals...

Spring forward with fall mulching

Gardening in the spring begins with lots of optimism and ambition Then, a stretch of unfit weather, a busy week with school or work and just like that, you’re behind schedule and, some years, getting caught up again just doesn’t happen. One option to consider in...

Learn to extend your garden’s fresh life

Learn to extend your garden’s fresh life

Are you someone who gardens with no plan to can and prefers to live life fresh-veggie-to-fresh-veggie? But, at this point in the summer, maybe you are running out of ways to keep it, well, fresh. Don’t let your bounty perish on the vine. There are plenty of ways to...

Sizzling summer garden survivors, thrivers

If the dog days of summer have decimated those once lush flowers, take heart, and take note to shore up and prep ahead for a late summer garden way less likely to wilt, even as the thermometer skyrockets, while maintaining plenty of eye and pollinator appeal....

Milby farmhouse soaked with history

(This article marks the second in a series that will focus on historic farmhouses in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. These homes have been in the same family for decades, and are being given new life by the younger generation that now lives in them.) Talbot...

Feng shui to blissful garden space

Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, gets a lot of attention inside a living space when arranging furniture, choosing paint colors and decluttering. But its principles are just as applicable outside the home, says Sara Danenmann, owner of Wind & Water...

Make sure to save some for later

Make sure to save some for later

After growing your garden with sunshine, sprinkles of rain and love, the time to pick and preserve your garden bounty has come. Depending on how the season is going, that could involve blood, sweat and tears, too. But joking aside, canning and preserving often get a...

Don’t let a lawn stress out and stress you out

Summer is supposed to be the low-stress season with vacations, long days, warm weather and lots of options for fun, but if the weather turns dry for long stretches, it can be a stressful time for your lawn. Extended drought periods or extreme heat can turn grass brown...

Don’t you want some bunny to love?

2020 was a big year for the Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center. Housed in a tiny building in Rock Hall, the rescue, since it began in 2012 has placed more than 200 rescued rabbits in new homes and last year was responsible for 83 of them. People were...

Stories abound from Adshead farmhouse

(This article marks the first in a series that will focus on historic farmhouses in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. These homes have been in the same family for decades, and are being given new life by the younger generation that now lives in them.) in...

‘Is that bush a snowball or a smoothie?’

‘Is that bush a snowball or a smoothie?’

With similar clusters of showy white flowerheads, several popular home garden woody shrub landscape plants are commonly called “Snowball” bushes. Horticultural professionals can help untangle the confusion, but to do so they need to introduce scientific names to help...

Use bats to get rid of mosquitoes

In the spring and summer, as daylight fades and dusk sets in, bats flit and flutter in the evening sky. They are mysterious creatures, revered by some and feared by others. The truth is, they are a fragile yet integral part of our ecosystem and desperately need our...

A melting pot of culture, activity

Easton is a town with a strong appreciation of art, its streets lined with multiple galleries and hosting several arts festivals. Still, while the landscape and wildlife pieces that are aplenty are breathtaking, there are several kinds of art that haven’t had the same...