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Cercis canadensis

Eastern Red Bud, or Cercis Canadensis, is a beautiful spring flowering tree. The red bud is deciduous, is native to eastern North America and is hardy from Southern Ontario to northern Florida.  It is a small, vase shaped, often multi-stemmed medium growing tree that...

Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana  (saucer magnolia) The saucer magnolia is a wonderful tree to have in your landscape not only for the beautiful early blooms but for the fragrance that wafts in the fresh spring air.  In April the display of tulip shaped flowers open before the...

Squill

I love watching spring emerge and one of my favorite early harbingers of it is Squill.  Also known as Scilla, Squill is a small blue flower of which many species, notably S. siberica, are grown in gardens for their attractive early spring flowers. Squill also has...

Heuchera

Crazy ‘bout the foliage!  I love Heuchera! Heuchera, also known as Coral Bells or Alumroot, have come a long way in the past decade as their cultivars have flourished.  Not only do they have long-lasting, tiny bell-shaped flowers but their foliage is stunning.  The...

Bee Aware

Honey Bees are in trouble.  In the last 50 years, experts say the domesticated honey bee population declined by nearly 50%. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon in which worker bees disappear leaving behind a queen, food and a few nurse bees. It is thought...

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis (pronounced; ham-a-may-lis), the genus for “Witch hazel”, is a tree that blooms in the fall and the winter and has three species native to North America, (H. ovalis, H. virginiana and H. vernalis), one in Japan (H. japonica) and one in China (H....

Snowy Owl

One of our employees spotted a Snowy Owl on a recent evening which caused this writer, an amateur birder, to launch this blog. These magnificent Arctic birds are frequent migrants to Canada and the northern parts of the United States, Europe and Asia.  Two years ago...

Red Twig Dogwood

Did you know that the word “dog” in “dogwood”  has no connection with dogs?   Historically, the dogwood was found to be particularly useful in making tools because of its hardwood properties.  “Dog”  comes from the word...

Winterberry

Ilex verticillata, or winterberry, is quite noticeable this time of year.  It is a species of holly, “Ilex” in Latin, and is native to eastern North America.  Ilex verticillata is a deciduous shrub (it loses its leaves) and is happiest in wet areas.  Not...

Grasses

I notice the grasses as I walk through my gardens, making a mental list of all that I still have to do to prepare  them for winter.  I remember that I was first drawn to switch grass, also known as Panicum virgatum, because of the sound it made when the wind would...

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