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  • What Is Lithodora – Learn About The Care Of Lithodora In Gardens
    By Mary H. Dyer - Saturday Jun 10, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is Lithodora? Botanically known as Lithodora diffusa, this plant is a hardy ground cover that produces masses of tiny, intensely blue, star-shaped flowers from late spring throughout most of summer. What to know more about growing Lithodora ground cover? Read on to find out. Lithodora Plant Information Lithodora planted in gardens reaches heights of only 6 to 10 inches (15-25 cm.), but a single plant can eventually spread 24 to 36 inches (61-91 cm.). You can easily grow Lithodora in gardens in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. In the more southern ranges, the dense covering of narrow, dark-green leaves remain green year round. Lithodora ground cover is a great choice for rock gardens. It also works well in window boxes or containers. Lithodora is relatively easy to find in garden centers. Otherwise, plant Lithodora seeds directly in the

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  • What Is A Mexican Heather Plant: Tips On Growing Mexican Heather Plants
    By Mary H. Dyer - Friday Jun 9, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is a Mexican heather plant? Also known as false heather, Mexican heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia) is a flowering groundcover that produces masses of bright green leaves. Small pink, white or lavender flowers decorate the plant throughout most of the year. Mexican heather plants, which actually aren’t members of the heather family, are suitable for growing in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11. You can grow Mexican heather as an annual if you live in a chillier climate. How to Plant Mexican Heather Planting Mexican heather is uninvolved, although the plant benefits from a little added compost or manure if soil is poor. Allow at least 18 inches (46 cm.) between each plant. This tough, drought-tolerant plant loves direct sunlight and thrives in intense heat. Remember that although Mexican heather plants grow in a wide range of

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  • Controlling Allium Plants – How To Manage Flowering Onions
    By Mary H. Dyer - Wednesday Jun 7, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Allium, known for its pungent aroma, includes more than 500 species, including the familiar onion, garlic, chives and a variety of beautiful flowering plants. Pollinators love the hardy, long-lasting plants, but deer and other critters usually leave them alone. If ornamental alliums are so practical and attractive, how could there be any problems with ornamental alliums in the garden? Read on to learn more. Are Alliums Invasive? Not all allium varieties are well-behaved. Some become weeds that are nearly impossible to get rid of, especially in mild climates. The bad news is that dormant bulbs can remain in the soil for up to six years. The biggest offenders are wild allium (Allium ursinum), wild garlic (Allium vineale), and three-cornered leek (Allium triquetrum). All three spread like wildfire, quickly choking out gentler plants that you try to establish in your garden. There’s

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  • Water Iris Information – Learn About Water Iris Plant Care
    By Mary H. Dyer - Monday Jun 5, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Ever heard of water iris? No, this doesn’t mean “watering” an iris plant but pertains to where the iris grows – in naturally wet or aquatic-like conditions. Read on for more water iris information. What is a Water Iris? Although several iris types grow in wet soil, true water iris is a semi-aquatic or bog plant that grows best in shallow water deep enough to cover the crown year round. However, most water iris plants will also grow in wet soil alongside a pond or stream, or even in a well-watered garden spot. True water irises include: Rabbit-ear iris Copper or red flag iris Siberian iris Louisiana iris Yellow flag iris Blue flag iris Water Iris Growing Conditions Planting a water iris in a wide pond plant basket or plastic pot to confine the growth is advisable, as some types of

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  • Goosegrass Herb Information: How To Goosegrass Herb Plants
    By Mary H. Dyer - Sunday Jun 11, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener A versatile herb with a host of medicinal uses, goosegrass (Galium aparine) is most famous for its Velcro-like hooks that have earned it a number of descriptive names, including cleavers, stickweed, gripgrass, catchweed, stickyjack and stickywilly, among others. Read on for more information and learn how to use goosegrass herb medicinally and in the kitchen. Goosegrass Herb Information Goosegrass is native to regions of Africa, Asia and Europe, and most likely to New Zealand, Australia and Scandinavia. It’s unclear whether this annual herb has naturalized in North America or if it is native, but either way, it can now be found in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as South and Central America. At maturity, goosegrass is a good-sized plant that reaches a height of about 4 feet (1.2 m.) and can spread out to nearly 10 feet (3

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  • Common Zone 8 Weeds – How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Zone 8
    By Mary H. Dyer - Wednesday Jun 14, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener One thing you can always count on: Weeds are hardy plants that thrive in a diverse range of growing conditions – especially mild climates like USDA plant hardiness zone 8. Read on for a list of common zone 8 weeds and learn how to get rid of weeds in your lawn or garden. Identifying Zone 8 Weeds Here is a list of some of the most common zone 8 weeds and how to both recognize and manage them: Crabgrass – Crabgrass resembles miniature corn plants, but as the plant matures, the blades bend to the ground and takes on a star-like appearance. While the plant branches out, it continues to develop new shoots from the center. A healthy lawn that is regularly watered, mowed, dethatched and fertilized will have the best chance of withstanding an invasion of crabgrass. Otherwise, dig the

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  • Egyptian Onion Care: Tips On Growing Walking Onions
    By Mary H. Dyer - Sunday Jun 18, 2017

    By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Unlike most onion varieties, Egyptian walking onions (Allium x proliferum) set bulbs at the top of the plant – each with numerous small onions that you can harvest for planting or eating. Egyptian walking onions taste much like shallots, although slightly more pungent. When the bluish-green stalk gets top-heavy, the stalk fall over, creating new roots and a new plant where the bulbs touch the ground. One Egyptian walking onion plant can travel 24 inches (61 cm.) each year, resulting in up to six new plants. Egyptian walking onions are known by several names, including top-set onions and tree onions. Need more walking onion information? Read on to learn about this interesting, attractive plant. How to Grow Egyptian Onions Although it’s possible to plant Egyptian walking onions in spring, you won’t be able to harvest onions until the following year. The

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  • Digital Engagement Index
    Monday Jun 19, 2017

    On Sunday (6/18), the NFL shared an image of New England Patriots Brendin Cooks and Tom Brady during practice with the caption, "How many TDs will this duo have in 2017?

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