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Lycoris lilies lie in wait for September surprise

They appear as if by magic — leafless stalks shoot out of the ground, and then a flower opens. These welcome surprises bear the common names of Surprise Lilies, Naked Ladies, Resurrection Lilies or Magic Lilies — but all of them are Lycoris. Lycoris bulbs are steeped in history, and…

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Start planning, planting now for a ‘radishing’ fall garden

We had an unusual growing season. It started with winter recovery, continued with a wet late spring/early summer and was followed by fluctuating temperatures all summer. A few gardeners had bumper crops, but many others lost plants to heavy rains, insects or diseases. If your garden has seen better days,…

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Sunflowers: Nature’s happy and hardy head-turners

Nothing can brighten a garden as fast as sunflowers. Few flowers are as showy or as tall. They thrive in heat and humidity and are pretty drought-tolerant. The more sunlight, the happier they are. Sunflower seeds yield a variety of products, ranging from snack food to soap and oil to…