Archive for January 2014

Plants of the Week: January 27

Vigorous and adaptable staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, can be found from southern Canada south to Georgia and Iowa where it forms suckering colonies. Flowers appear in June and July followed by clusters of red drupes arranged on a conical panicle. Fruit persists throughout the winter. The dissected foliage of cultivar Tiger Eyes® emerges bronze yellow then transitions throughout the growing season to yellow, yellow-green, and finally orange-red in autumn. Tiger Eyes® matures at 5’ to 10’ in height and is slower growing than the species. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: Nason Garden


Hamamelis mollis ‘Early Bright’ refuses to …

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4 Items You Need to Maintain Your Gardening Tools

How are you beating the winter blues? We are thinking warm thoughts and preparing for spring by cleaning, sharpening, and maintaining our gardening tools. The best way to have a good maintenance session is to start with the proper tools.

Steel wool and WD-40 are two key items you need to help you clean your tools. photo credit: R. Robert

You will need:

  • Steel Wool or Wire Brush: A stiff wire brush is an ideal tool to remove rust and other caked on dirt.

C-clamps hold tools in place to allow you to create the proper angle for a sharp

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Plants of the Week: January 20

Sinojackia xylocarpa is assigned a vulnerable status by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources due to overharvesting for firewood and use as a construction material throughout its native range in China. This small tree is a personal favorite. Pendulous white flowers cover the tree in spring followed by curious acorn-like drupes. Rarely seen in gardens despite its highly ornamental attributes and ease of cultivation. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: West Garden, near intersection of Elm and Walnut


Ilex crenata Drops of GoldTM was discovered as a sport of Ilex crenata ‘Hetzii’. When exposed to …

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