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May the luck of the ‘iris’ be with you this spring

A sure sign that the garden season had begun was a bed of blooming bearded iris, commonly called flags, in grandma’s garden. Iris are well-loved perennials in the home landscape. The iris genus contains almost 300 species, with new hybrids appearing each year. The bearded or German iris, Iris germanica,…

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Growing gardens while growing older

Most of us have heard about the benefits of gardening. It is great exercise. It puts us in touch with nature. It can be relaxing and therapeutic, and it can also give us a sense of accomplishment, reduce depression and help prevent osteoporosis. But, continuing to garden as one ages…

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Blooms are a sign of love, now and flor-al

Every Feb. 14, couples around the world celebrate their  love, and flowers are a common addition. This day is much more than a simple celebration, it is an important date for economies around the world, generating massive revenue for florists, restaurants and jewelers. Candy and card sales are also high.…

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Blooms, berries, foliage turn winter blahs to aahs!

Winter landscapes can often seem a bit drab when compared to spring blooms and fall foliage, but they needn’t be devoid of color. A good landscape should show interest and color in all seasons. While winter is not a prime gardening season, there are a variety of plants that provide…