New England

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden

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Getting the Lead Out

When my husband was eight or nine years old in the late nineteen fifties, one of his favorite toys was a small lead smelter with which he could cast toy soldiers. He fondly recalls going to the plumbing store with his mother to purchase large chunks of...
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Resources

Books

Bizzare Botanicals For some fascinating winter time reading, and perhaps inspiration for novel plants to grow, take...

Favorite or New Plant

'Sherwood Purple' Creeping Woodland Phlox One of the beautiful sights in my spring garden is when the creeping woodland phlox, Phlox...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Leek Seeds
  • Get Ready to Apply Dormant Oil Sprays
  • Prune Dormant Fruit Trees
  • Fertilize Houseplants
  • Cut Back Grasses

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