Tag Archives: Auburn NY

Foraging for burdocks and more

Today I saw some “ramps” in the supermarket. They were $14.99 a pound. Ramps are a small, flavorful wild leek. The burdocks are late this year, by nearly three weeks. I suspect that our crazy winter weather had a lot … Continue reading

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Why mulch matters.

If you do not believe that mulching is important, or if you wonder if you’ll be the only one in your neighborhood to do it, I would say, “take a ride.” Drive by Home Depot or Lowe’s and see the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Meghan Markle’s royal wedding bouquet

Yes, the royal wedding is over and done with. It was a real bash. Reportedly, it cost some $45 million to pull it off. Just like your daughter’s wedding? I understand, and believe, that a major part of the money … Continue reading

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Why the royal wedding probably featured peonies

 As you read this column, the festivities are probably already underway in London for the marriage of American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I would guess that it will be quite a bash. Although there are only about 600 … Continue reading

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Let the Buyer Beware

To begin with, let me explain. I am not writing this to build my own business because there are four other reputable florists in this community. Yes, this is the time of they year when I write a few words … Continue reading

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Unlikely Partners

It sure has been a busy week here at home. We are trying to get the back yard cleaned up and the pond drained. I am seeing that we are going to be doing a lot of painting in my … Continue reading

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Flowers, Plants and Things —-Sex in the Garden

And you thought that it was we humans who had all the fun. When it comes to attracting partners to getting someone to help fertilize those eggs, most of us don’t have the allure that many plants do. They use … Continue reading

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Birds of paradise and other Hawaii flowers

I almost can’t believe I am writing this in an airplane as I return from Hawaii! I have just attended the annual meetings of the Society of American Florists and of the Professional Floral Communicators International in Maui. I am … Continue reading

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Water Those Potted Plants

It is mid-July, time to catch up on some little things before they slip through the cracks. First and foremost, I want to talk about you and your health. Sure, gardening is fun. It is great to be out of … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference?

Here we are, in mid-March again. Those dozens of seed catalogs are in and it seems that you can’t go anywhere without running into racks of Ferry Morse or Burpee seeds, to mention but two of the many seed companies. … Continue reading

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