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  • Gardeners, nurseries struggle to adapt as drought cuts their business

    Gardeners, nurseries struggle to adapt as drought cuts their business
    Wet weather kept Alberto Ortega from working most of last week — and he couldn't have been more pleased. "This rain is a blessing I was beginning to think I'd never see," the gardener said. In four decades of tending people's yards, this year...
  • Termites in your trees could be dangerous in multiple ways

    Termites in your trees could be dangerous in multiple ways
    What should we do for termites in the base of a cedar tree a few feet from our house? If the termite-infested wood is within 3 feet of the house, you should call in a pesticide company to treat the area. Remove the tree. If it is farther away but...
  • Don't let droopy amaryllis leaves get you down

    Don't let droopy amaryllis leaves get you down
    Question: Amaryllis, which I am growing in the ground, have green leaves that are almost touching the soil. Should I cut those leaves back? Answer: Amaryllis won't mind their leaves touching or even flopping on the ground but you might. Do feel free...
  • Holiday decorations often feature glossy green leaves from our native southern magnolia

     Holiday decorations often feature glossy green leaves from our native southern magnolia
    During the holidays, southern magnolia trees are prized plants because their glossy, long-lasting leaves can be used to create fresh evergreen wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces. In spring, these same trees produce flowers with a fresh lemon scent,...
  • How to care for poinsettias year round

    How to care for poinsettias year round
    Last week I covered a variety of plants commonly displayed this time of year. I skipped poinsettias, one of the seasonal favorites. Keeping them alive for the season is reasonably easy; keeping them for next year requires time and effort. This month:...
  • Worth the risk: Put plumbago in ground now

    Worth the risk: Put plumbago in ground now
    Question: I would like to add a plumbago shrub to my flower bed. Is it better to plant it now or wait until spring? Answer: Take just a little risk and plant the plumbago now. Fall is a good time to add new trees, shrubs and perennials to the landscape....
  • Since when did flowers become an environmental 'hazard?'

    Since when did flowers become an environmental 'hazard?'
    As I put my gardens to bed for the winter (my zinnia and cleome are still blooming, due to warm autumn days), I'm finally writing a letter I've been meaning to write since my court date in October, when I contested a hefty fine received from Baltimore's...
  • Find your perfect Christmas tree at countryside farms and nearby garden centers

    Find your perfect Christmas tree at countryside farms and nearby garden centers
    When I was a kid, my father headed for the forest behind our house in Lynchburg, where he searched for the best cedar to cut for our Christmas tree. Mom wanted nothing but a cedar because the native tree filled the house with a wonderful fragrance no...
  • Repotting baby amaryllis bulbs could yield more blooms

    Repotting baby amaryllis bulbs could yield more blooms
    Should I remove the new bulbs [babies] from an amaryllis when repotting? Mine has three small bulbs coming off the main one. You will probably get more blooms if you remove the bulblets. Plant them in separate pots and, in a few years, the babies will...
  • Home and garden briefs for Dec. 4: Christmas is the time for decorated home tours

    The historic plantations along the James River aren't the only homes decorated and open for holiday touring. Here's a list of some Christmas home tours that are within an easy drive from the Peninsula. Reservations are required for some of the tours,...
  • On Gardening: A holly jolly Christmas for you and the birds

    We are definitely going to have a Holly Jolly Christmas in our garden this year, and you can too for years to come. For us this is one of the great perks of being an old USDA Plant Introduction Station followed by more research conducted by the University...