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Garden Q&A: My clematis has spots and what is this blue worm-like thing?

My clematis leaves have spots. My neighbor said I have to dig it up. It’s so beautiful when it blooms, is there anything less drastic I can do? Digging up the vine is premature. Clematis fungal leaf spot mainly infects leaves and does not get into the root system. However, …

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Garden Q&A: The perfect flower for Fourth of July and misshapen strawberries

What’s a good 4th of July plant choice? Not an annual, but perennial. What could be better than a native American flower that looks like fireworks? Yellow stars with a red tail — a regular “rocket’s red glare.” When plant guru Allan Armitage calls Spigelia marylandica “striking,” “stop in your …

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My Garden Summer: Books to Blooms

Flickr Creative Commons: Judy Gallagher This is my garden summer. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you will quickly see that my posts have become progressively more vegetable and flower filled. In fact, that’s where I was just before sitting down to write this column: out in my garden, …

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Nandina is highly toxic to birds and how to prepare garden beds for planting

I need to prune down my tall nandina, but don’t want to lose berries for next winter’s holiday decorating. How do I do that? Nandina requires a bit more thought these days. Nandina berries are highly toxic, and reports are surfacing of flocks of birds dying from consuming them. In …

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This Japanese garden in Reisterstown has been a labor of love for 35 years

Step out David Boteach’s front door and a gentle world beckons — one filled with wondrous plants, waterfalls and whimsical bronze busts of fauna peeking over the leafy flora. Here sit two frogs shyly holding hands beside a lily pond; there stands a blue heron looking past a cinnamon-skinned paperbark …

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Little black stoneflies are not pests, plus when to plant vegetable garden seeds indoors

A lot of these insects have landed on my outside structures. What are they? Good news. This is an adult little black stonefly. Stoneflies are native insects, not pests, and a great indicator species. They can only exist in very clean, unpolluted water, so sighting them means you have great …

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When to clean out your garden in winter and apply lime to your lawn

I’m confused. Should I clear out my garden at the end of the season or not? I’ve been leaving my flowers’ seed heads for the birds and the dead stalks for pollinators and overwintering beneficial insects. Also, the structures look beautiful, especially in ice and snow! Recently I read that …

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Garden Q&A: Are brown marmorated stink bugs here to stay?

We were inundated with disgusting stinkbugs about five years ago. Then they seemed to disappear. I saw three on the window screen recently. Are they coming back? The brown marmorated stink bug (or BMSB) never left and never will. It has already spread to 44 states, but we’ve had a …

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Garden Q&A: How do I prune hydrangea? And deal with hungry wolf spiders?

We love watching our panicle hydrangea change colors in the fall. It is enormous this year. Any ideas as to how to prune it back this fall? Hydrangea paniculata are bold in late summer-fall with huge white flower heads that segue to pink shades. If you can’t let it grow …

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