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Garden Q&A: How to go hunting for Asiatic garden beetles or earwigs

Our purple coneflowers bloom and within 24 hours the petals disappear! It’s been a problem for years. We’ve sprayed for slugs and bugs. We dug up all the flowers several times and put in new soil. Nothing works! I hate to turn the bed into grass, since bees and butterflies …

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Garden Q&A: Spiderworts come in all shades of purple, pink, red, white

We just moved into our house this spring. A flower has been blooming for over a month in my garden. Could you identify it for me? Spiderwort is a perennial that is native to Maryland, but there are many species, all from this hemisphere. They will interbreed, so we can’t …

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Want to live on Baltimore’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’? Now is the chance.

Rachel Rabinowitz sits on the porch swing at 716 West 34th Street, rocking gently outside the rowhouse she’s been trying to sell for months as a real estate broker. Overhead hangs a canopy of Christmas lights, never mind that it’s almost August. Next door, a faded baby Jesus sits in …

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Garden Q&A: Rust on serviceberry trees is common with cool, wet weather

My serviceberry trees produced normal fruit initially, but then developed orange-colored spikes all over the fruits. Some leaves turned yellow and rust-colored with spots. Also, there are tubular deformed protrusions on branches. I think this is rust. Red cedars are 15-20 feet away. Should these be removed since they are …

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Garden Q&A: What is eating my pussytoes?

What is eating my pussytoes? I don’t mind sharing, but for a good cause. You’ve got a winner! The caterpillar on your pussytoes is that of the pink, black, white and orange American painted lady butterfly. Recently declared the longest-migrating butterfly on the planet, it flies even farther than the …

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Baltimore area’s most underrated neighborhoods: Lesser-known places to call home

Of the 250 or so Baltimore neighborhoods, just a few are well known – nearly everyone has heard of places like Fells Point and Federal Hill. But there’s a reason to keep an eye on those with a lower profile. The city and surrounding counties are full of underrated places …

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This Baltimore County couple designed their garden to tell the story of their lives

Charles and Amy Newhall’s gardens are a place to lose oneself. The pristine landscape that surrounds their Baltimore County home is lush and leafy, with hues of green stretching from large lawns and ground-hugging plants to trees that seem to kiss the clouds. Dubbed Brightside Gardens, the four-and-a-half acres include …

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How an artist turned a rundown Baltimore auto shop into an urban oasis home and studio

Luck follows Kelly Walker. When she hitchhiked into Baltimore as a teenager, the North Carolina native was addicted to drugs and alcohol and living out of a backpack. But she found recovery services that saved her life. Then she stumbled into an apprenticeship that led her to start her own …

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Garden Q&A: Be wary of the ‘bathtub effect’

I bought three of the same trees last year. All three bloomed this spring, but later one developed some dead limbs. Now the rest of the tree is wilting and dying. There are no signs of bugs, holes in the trunk or leaf spots. I thought it could be root …

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Home of the Week: Regency Park, a senior living community in Gambrills

Editor’s note: The author of this article, Wendi Winters, died in the June 28 attack at The Capital office. Writing Home of the Week was one of her favorite assignments. We run it today in her honor. The pink and white banner-flags, and the accompanying large oval white, pink and …

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