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Plant Your Fritillaria Bulbs Sideways

I plan to buy some Fritillaria bulbs this fall. Judging from pictures they’re very tall and stunningly beautiful. But a gardening friend made a...

Should I Add Manure When I Winterize My Garden?

I’m trying to winterize my garden. Should I add manure or other nutrients to shrubs and perennials, or just mulch? No manure. You don’t want...

Zone Bending Plants for the Changing Hill Climate

Our warmer weather this fall offers one more piece of evidence, if we need it, that climate change is real. The stunning fall-colored leaves...

What to Do When Wisteria Has No Blooms

What can I plant to hide the old leaves of daffodils? And, when my Virginia bluebells die back to nothing, as they do –...

Bringing the World to the Gardens of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is home to people from all walks of life -- actors, Hill politicians, teachers, business people, writers, artists, retired ambassadors, you name...

Dear Garden Problem Lady

My beautiful Boston fern of many years became so pot-bound that I had to remove it from its pot, cut off the dried mass...

Dear Garden Problem Lady

I have an indoor bonsai ficus tree that I love, that the kids gave me for Mother’s Day, and about two weeks ago it...

Escaping to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

In these times of isolation and limits on things to do, we should think about those special places where we can get away,...

Dear Garden Problem Lady

I need annuals for color in my perennial garden – but I don’t like orange – so please don’t suggest Nasturtiums. Zinnias come in all...

Time to Go Indoors With Your Gardening

As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “And all at once, summer collapsed into the fall.” It is time to put away our garden spades and...
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