Category Archives: Bushes, Shrubs, Trees

Starting a Rose Bush and other plants from a Cutting (Slip)

For as long as I can remember, my Grandmother, Mother, and Aunts were always starting new plants from cuttings (slips). I think they called them slips because, they tore the piece of plant material from the donor plant, instead of … Continue reading

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Grow a Topiary from an Upright Yew

Over the past 10 years or so, I have experimented with growing simple topiary. Photo 1 shows one of a pair, that I started on old upright yews, that were planted about 57 years ago, on the side of my … Continue reading

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Neatening up a Rhododendron after it Blooms.

One of the Spring rituals that I still do, started in the early 1970’s with my Mother. It is the neatening up of the Rhododendron bush after it blooms. My Mother and I would go outside on a late Spring … Continue reading

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ROSES, Planting, Pruning and General Care.

I think the Roseis the most loved of all the garden flowers. In Spring, you see them for sale everywhere, from garden centers, to your local supermarket. They are also available through mail order catalog companies. Roses come packaged a … Continue reading

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Japanese Knotweed, controlling and killing it

Years ago my father planted a row of Japanese Knotweed along the fence. It liked the clay soil, he put it in, and QUICKLY took off. For years my father called it Elephant Ear Plant, or Bamboo. Only about ten … Continue reading

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