July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up

National News

One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...

The First True Red Hydrangea

One visit to your local garden center and it’s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...

Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries

It’s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...

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In the Garden


Stepping Back Into a Renaissance Garden

Several years ago, American friend Priscilla Estes invited me to Antwerp in Belgium. She deftly executed a whirlwind tour, including a stop at Rubenshuis, artist Peter Paul Rubens' house and garden. Stepping through the ornate baroque portico into the...
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Web Finds

Home and Garden Information Center The Clemson University Home and Garden Information Center site covers topics such as Landscape,...

Tool or Gardening Product

Goserud V-Shaped Hoe By far, my favorite gardening tool for more than a decade is the Goserud V-shaped Hoe. With...
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Regional Reminders

  • Revitalize Repeat-Blooming Daylilies
  • Shear Dead Leaves on Once-Blooming Daylilies
  • Cut Back and Deadhead Perennials
  • Rejuvenate Annuals
  • Treat Powdery Mildew

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