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In the Garden: Growing amaryllis

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If you have never experienced the thrill of watching an amaryllis grow, it is not too late. The bulbs are showing up for sale in garden centers, supermarkets and hardware stores. Now is the time to treat yourself to an entertaining and spectacular plant that is practically foolproof. There is no one more excited about amaryllis than the first-time grower and even a novice can expect success. The name amaryllis is from the Greek word amarysso, which means to sparkle, but the plant we commonly call amaryllis actually belongs to the genus Hippeastrum. This name comes from hippos, the Greek word for horse. If you …

Consider growing a crop of Asian pears

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ive years ago we planted a small orchard of mixed fruit trees – with mixed results. True to their name, the “Reliance” peaches have been outstandingly reliable. Now if we could only beat the raccoons to the ripe fruit. We are learning that no amount of fencing, metal flashing or other deterrents is …

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an arbor on steroids.) I would practically drive off the road rubbernecking back yards if a pergola was present. “What style was it? Is it just a shade structure …