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Was it sweet potato or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?


People line up on both sides. In this locale more folks probably favor sweet potato over pumpkin, but you can’t go wrong with either. I laugh when I hear people argue over it. To be honest, if spiced the same … Continue reading

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Carob makes a great substitute for chocoholics


Nearly 40 years ago I began experimenting with carob. My reasoning wasn’t that it might be more nutritious. I didn’t even care that it contained no fat or caffeine. It was cheaper and I didn’t waste money. I’ve always liked … Continue reading

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Scouring rush is a unique wetland plant with landscape potential


They are not overly common around here, but scouring rushes can add a different texture to a perennial garden. Some people know them as horsetails. The scientific name of Equisetum hyemale has a horse-like ring to it. It’s not by accident. … Continue reading

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Ironweed is a dreaded pasture weed with ornamental potential


My father-in-law would turn over in his grave. Ironweed is now a highly promoted ornamental perennial plant in many garden centers. He spent much of his life trying to get rid of it. Ironweed (Vernonia sp.) is a tall perennial … Continue reading

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Evergreen bagworms are a major problem in our landscapes


A short time ago I received an email encouraging me to write about bagworms. I haven’t written about them here and they are quite evident now so I’ll gladly address the subject. There are numerous types of bagworms, but the … Continue reading

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Many Thanks


Thanks to all of you who have read my new book (Never Alone). For those of you that haven’t I invite you to go to Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or another book outlet (locally it’s at the Museum of the Albemarle) and … Continue reading

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Hummingbird attractants for sunny places


People often ask me which plant attracts hummingbirds best. That certainly depends. Sun vs shade is usually my first response. Annual or perennial is the next. For this piece I’ll concentrate on sun loving plants. My favorite sun loving annuals … Continue reading

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