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Even an experienced, old gardener can sometimes forget basic principles. Last month I bought a couple of pots of sweet alyssum. On the cool day when I planted one of them, I savored the honey-like scent, dug a nice planting hole in the flowerbed, set the root ball in and gently pressed the s…

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The winter weather last month has left gardeners with a lot of questions about their plants. The Memphis area is fortunate to have ample resources for answering those questions.

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If you think you don’t like beets, it could be because you’ve never eaten homegrown beets. Growing up, I never tasted any except the cold pickled beets in serving bowls on the table at Wednesday night church suppers.

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Many of us remember first learning about black and orange monarch butterflies in elementary school. Whenever we saw one, it was exciting but not rare. Today that has changed. There are about 80% fewer eastern monarchs now than 40 years ago.

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Beale Street coleus plant was named a 2020 winner by All American Selections (AAS), a non-profit that tests and judges new varieties of plants.

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The Memphis Botanic Garden has announced it will undertake the next two steps in its campus modernization as part of its Nourish Greenprint: 2021 capital campaign.

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I was a little girl when my dad pointed out the “faces” on pansies. After showing me how to pick the flower without yanking the whole plant out of the ground, he told me I could pick as many as I wanted because picking them would make the plants produce more flowers. I’ve loved the many colo…

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October is one of the most pleasant months to be outdoors. The average temperature ranges from 54° to 74° with just under four inches of rain during the month. I have always welcomed the arrival of sweater weather!

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I once toured a large Memphis garden that had frilly pink poppies growing in the rose garden about the same height as the rose bushes. The lady who owned the garden told me she collected the dried seed pods every year at the end of the season and shook them like pepper shakers throughout the…

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During the hot dry months of late summer, one of the last things that enters our minds is wet soil. However, heavy watering sometimes reveals low areas of our lawns and gardens where water gets trapped and stands for long periods.

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Weeding has been easier this summer in the garden at Douglass High School. There are significantly fewer weeds, and the ones we have come up more easily. I recently pulled up a dandelion and the entire five-inch root came up without breaking!

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A daylily flower lasts only one day. This could make it a symbol of fleeting beauty except for the plant’s toughness and the fact that each plant produces many scapes (stems) bearing numerous buds that open in succession for weeks. Nothing fleeting about that.

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We love plants for their color, their form, sometimes their fruit, and often. their fragrance. Sometimes the smallest flowers make up for their size by producing the strongest scents. Sweet alyssum is a low-growing annual that produces clusters of small flowers that smell like honey. Sometim…

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While other people were clearing the shelves of toilet paper, I was at Dan West cramming 14 azalea plants into the back of my CR-V (The Mulchmobile). It isn’t hoarding when it’s about plants, is it?

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When I need lawn or gardening information, I usually restrict my search to sources in the southeast part of the country. I don’t care if Martha Stewart has beautiful delphiniums in Connecticut or New York. "The Mid-South Garden Guide" tells me delphiniums won’t thrive in our humidity and hot…

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The year 2020 is a big one for Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG). It’s been 25 years since the first class graduated at the old Extension Service building on Shelby Oaks Drive.

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“If you don’t like Memphis weather, stick around. It’ll change.” We hear it all the time, but especially in winter and spring. Within days or even hours, our weather can fluctuate between balmy or bone-chilling, sunny or soggy, still or stormy.