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Thyme is a versatile garden herb.


I think thyme is one of the most underused garden herbs. Of course thyme is a broad term as there are dozens of thyme species and even more cultivars within them. Some are upright. Others are creeping. All have culinary … Continue reading

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Short or tall, Zinnias dazzle in the garden and the vase


I can’t think of an easier flower to grow than zinnia. When I was a kid we always had the old fashioned tall growing types. I think my mom still has some pictures of my sister and I standing next … Continue reading

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Amaryllis aren’t just for indoor viewing


I won’t deny that amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.) is one of the most striking flowering houseplants. Huge clusters of flowers are dramatic and that’s why people pay so much for a single bulb. Most people don’t realize those huge bulbs are … Continue reading

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There are three types of kiwis and we can grow them all here in eastern North Carolina


Nearly everyone is familiar with the fuzzy green fleshed kiwi fruits (Actinidia deliciosa)  in grocery stores. Their taste is sweet and tart at the same time. The flavor reminds me of blackberries. Best of all, kiwi vines grow well in … Continue reading

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Carolina jessamine provides winter color and privacy


It’s so hard to find landscaping with winter interest. Once mid-December hits and freezing temperatures are commonplace, most fall foliage color is gone. Very few flowers and flowering shrubs are blooming either. Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) still manages to display … Continue reading

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Mums are a great fall addition and they come in many colors


It’s October and it seems everyone wants mums. Some want them for parties. Others like them on their porches. Still others add them to flowerbeds. Mums add profuse color to any setting. Common colors are: white, yellow (the most common … Continue reading

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Houseplants like the outdoors, but don’t rush it


Most of us look forward to a little more living space in summer. The houseplants go to the porch, patio or deck. Some folks don’t do that because of bad past experiences. The friendly patio becomes the patio of death. … Continue reading

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Something for everyone


For those who like a unique brightly colored specimen tree, shrub, or hedge in their yard, this one’s for you. The flashy flowers are bright red with a hint of orange and are real attention grabbers. Hummingbirds love them too. … Continue reading

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Forsythia bushes now signal spring


I always look forward to an explosion of yellow forsythia blooms every spring and the mass of color can be quite dramatic. They are often the first of the spring blooming deciduous shrubs, and after a hard winter they are … Continue reading

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It’s usually important to watch your spelling – Don’t lose a letter


Sometimes one letter can make a world of difference. Take the Yucca plant (Yucca filamentosa) for example. It is a common landscape plant for dry areas. You see it a lot in old cemeteries.  Some confuse it with the yuca, … Continue reading

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