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On Gardening: Dandy Man Color Wheel brings about the rhododendron happy dance

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Dandy Man Color Wheel is bringing out the rhododendron happy dance from the North to the South, and you will want to act quickly to get in on the party. Those of us who treasure azaleas have been green with envy of those in the Appalachian area and northward for their ability to grow rhododendrons.

Shoot rhododendrons are even native to North ...Read more

The Greener View: All-America Selections Flower Winners for 2022

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This week I received five gardening catalogs in the mail. I expect a few more will be coming soon. I also look online for new varieties of plants. One way that I know a plant could work well in my garden is that I look for the red, white and blue logo of All-America Selections on seed packets, bedding plant tags or in catalogs. Even AAS winners ...Read more

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Don't miss: 'The Unfamiliar Garden' by Benjamin Percy

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"The Unfamiliar Garden," the second novel in Benjamin Percy's speculative fiction series "Comet Cycle," begins with the mysterious disappearance of a child, Mia, in a forest outside Seattle. Right about that time, a comet shoots past Earth, emitting a strange fungus that begins to absorb plants, animals and humans. (And Mia? Maybe. But maybe not...Read more

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On Gardening: 2021's Year of the Hardy Hibiscus was a sensational hit

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The Garden Guy would like to officially declare 2022 Encore Year of the Hardy Hibiscus. I don’t know how the National Garden Bureau judges the success of any particular year’s celebration, but I am feeling that Summerific French Vanilla helped Old Norm hit it out of the park in 2021!

One of my best friends from Louisiana had been visiting ...Read more

The Greener View: Winter To-Do List

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The North American landscape is almost entirely dormant. Just because the landscape is dormant doesn't mean gardeners have to be. Now is a good time to visit your local botanic garden's greenhouse. It is warm and full of beautiful green plants.

Many gardeners also love bird-feeding and birdwatching. Now is a good time to build a birdhouse.

Are...Read more

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The AIDS Garden Chicago, begun in 2019, is set to open in spring 2022. 'This is a legacy project'

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CHICAGO -- Owen Keehnen remembers when the AIDS epidemic, which disproportionately affected the LGBTQ community, was at its height in the late 1980s. The gay community in the United States was still largely in the shadows, said Keehnen, a writer and historian of LGBTQ history in Chicago.

Gay bars and gathering spaces had blackened or tinted ...Read more

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On Gardening: Suñorita rose garners American Rose Society's Award of Excellence

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The Garden Guy wasn’t stopping to smell the roses, but instead stared in awe at the form of a rosebud. Even though this new rose variety called Suñorita is considered a miniflora, the bud looked like a classic tiny hybrid tea. Then, out of nowhere, as if to confirm my admiration, a butterfly landed on top and proceeded to investigate.

Suñ...Read more

The Greener View: Gardening New Year's Resolutions

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Aren't you glad 2021 is over? Hopefully 2022 will be better. Gardening makes everything better, so let's talk about how to make gardening better.

Make a New Year's resolution to learn more about gardening. Resolve to take a gardening class with your local extension office, which is part of your state university. All year long they offer local ...Read more

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On Gardening: Everything points to 2022 being Simply Scentsational

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The African elephant is known for having the longest gestation period of any animal, which lasts up to 22 months. This is the proverbial New York minute when it is compared to bringing a new shrub to market. Take, for instance, crossing two native sweetshrubs to finally get one worthy of the name "Simply Scensational."

Tim Wood, aka The Plant ...Read more

The Greener View: Storm Damaged Trees

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The release date for this article is just a few days before Christmas, and some of you are still hunting for a gift for a gardener in your family. One of the best sources for garden seeds and plants is Renee's Garden. Not only does Renee Shepherd have her own test gardens, but she also has her own test kitchens. She has several cookbooks of ...Read more

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Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta deal may have ended for good

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The end of Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl deal may have already happened.

Unlimited pasta was last served at the Orlando-based chain in 2019.

“As we look forward, we don’t know if we’ll bring and when we’ll bring Never Ending Pasta Bowl back because we have a never-ending abundance every day with our never-ending first course...Read more

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On Gardening: Living Christmas trees create family memories

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Planting conifers in mixed containers has been at the top of The Garden Guy’s fall and winter project list. My wife, Jan, doesn’t even know — this has really been a secret operation to get more conifers in the landscape. She grew up in East Texas and thinks a conifer is only the longleaf pine.

I am doing this under the guise of living ...Read more

The Greener View: Gifts for Gardeners

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In my last column, I mentioned Jessica Walliser's new book "Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden." Of course, not every bug in the garden is beneficial and mosquitoes can be very annoying when you are gardening.

The new, all-natural insect repellent made by Para'Kito helps keep mosquitoes and ticks away. The active ingredients are natural ...Read more

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On Gardening: Superbena verbenas celebrate 2022: The year of the verbena

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As I was watching a fresh newborn Gulf fritillary swooping down to feed on Superbena Royale Plum Wine verbenas, I started thinking that I wish everyone knew about these flowers that our grandparents grew and certainly laced with native DNA.

Some of the first flowers I came to know as a child were verbenas in my grandparents' yard in Merkel, ...Read more

The Greener View: Gift Books for Gardeners

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If you have ever seen a hydroponic gardening system, especially a DIY project to build your own hydroponic system, you probably saw a lot of pipes and pumps. If you are not a plumber, you were probably not impressed. These systems tend to be ugly and only meant to be used in the garage or backyard where they are out of sight. But gardens of ...Read more

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On Gardening: Orchid Flower 2022 color of the year adds intense thrill to garden

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Orchid Flower is the color of the year for 2022 and The Garden Guy is beyond thrilled. I know the color of the year is mainly geared toward fashion and interior design, but WGSN (formerly Worth Global Style Network) and their color systems company, Coloro, believe this will cross all segments of life. But did they think about gardening, too?

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The Greener View: Gifts for Gardeners

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With the shipping problems across the country, many of us are looking for garden gift ideas closer to home.

If you are looking for outdoor furniture, check out Berlin Gardens LLC in Berlin, Ohio. They make a wide variety of tables, chairs, pergolas and gazebos out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It is a recycled plastic that will never ...Read more

The Greener View: Winter Garden Chores

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It may seem like there isn't much to do in the garden over the winter, but here are some ideas that may keep you busy.

For northerners, is your snowblower ready? Do you have the gas and oil it needs, or electrical cords that aren't frayed? Make sure you have sand or salt and snow shovels in the garage and car. Use sand on the walks to reduce ...Read more

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On Gardening: Fizzy Mizzy Sweetspire coming in 2022 to check off all your boxes

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As gardeners start to look forward to what’s new in 2022, The Garden Guy is here to say a new native plant will arrive at your garden center that will get you all fizzed up. The plant I am talking about is Fizzy Mizzy Itea virginica or Virginia sweetspire.

Although they are named Virginia, they are native to 20 states plus Washington, D.C., ...Read more

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On Gardening: Luminary series of summer phlox offers color, fragrance

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Recently I was given the task of writing a garden piece on a topic I wish I had. Sounds like a writer trap, doesn’t it? Although I am still writing that piece, I also wish I had planted more Luminary phlox last spring.

The Luminary series of garden phlox made its debut with three colors: Opalescence, Ultraviolet and Backlight (which is white)...Read more

 

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