Join us to Plant a Fairy Garden
      By lavender at Feb. 1. 2019. with No Comments
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      The weather outside is “frightful” but the DuBois Public Library can offer a bit of spring and a cup of coffee to the winter weary. As part of the library’s “Lunch and Learn” program the Down to Earth Garden Club will be doing a series of discussions on subjects related to gardening. The first of...

      2019 Perennial of the Year
      By lavender at Jan. 22. 2019. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plants

        Every year the Perennial Plant Associationy make it an excellent plant for the average garden. It is always a fuss free plant that is hardy over a wide range of conditions and climates. The specific criteria are: Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions Low Maintenance Pest and disease resistant Readily available in...

      What Is That Growing In My Garden? (2018)
      By lavender at Jan. 21. 2019. with No Comments
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        It is a jungle out there this year. With all of the rain and sunshine not only the weeds are growing like weeds but many plants that bloom infrequently have blossomed out with a glorious show. Some oddities are also appearing. We presume that plant breeders spend years crossing and recrossing plants to produce...

      Rhododendron vs. Mountain Laurel 
      By lavender at Aug. 5. 2018. with 1 Comment
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       How many of you think that those showy rhododendrons that bloom so gloriously in spring are just a domestic version of our state flower, the mountain laurel? It is a natural assumption as they appear to be very similar and the impulse to use the names interchangeably is understandable. While they are both members of...

      Spotted Bee Balm
      By lavender at Aug. 1. 2018. with 1 Comment
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          Monarda punctata L. Spotted bee balm, horsemint or Monarda punctata L. call it what you will but by any name it in an interesting addition to the garden. I picked mine up as a seedling at the Shaver’s Creek native plant sale. I wasn’t really expecting to see it this year as it...

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