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Lynette L. Walther is the recipient of the National Garden Bureau's Exemplary Journalism Award and the Florida Magazine Association’s Silver Award of Writing Excellence. She is a member of the Garden Writers Association, and she gardens in Camden.

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    July 22, 2021

    ‘Hot’ plants that can take the heat

    Heat can be an issue when it comes to garden plants.

  • Published
    July 8, 2021

    Garden crops for the long haul

    This past winter was moderate enough that most of my kale survived. Kale is a biennial, meaning that for its first growing season it produces only foliage.

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    June 10, 2021

    Ignoring history…

    That sage quote about being doomed to repeat mistakes when we ignore history can also apply to gardens. Yes, when it comes to growing things, we often do learn as much from our mistakes and disasters as we do from our successes. But so too we can get caught up in the business of the season, setting up and planting our gardens, that we sometimes lose track of the importance of history — even our own garden’s …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    Hydrangea questions answered

    Hydrangeas are well on their way emerging from hibernation and some — especially the H. arborescens such as the popular Incrediball hydrangeas are showing some troubling signs. A tiny caterpillar, appropriately called a leaf tier, has been busy stitching together the emerging foliage of these and some other hydrangea varieties. According to C.L. Fornari “This little worm, Olethreutes ferriferana, ties leaves …

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    May 13, 2021

    The garden drama and curb appeal of hardy hibiscus

    Hardy hibiscus is a one-way ticket to the tropics, without ever leaving home. This featured flowering shrub of the year of the National Garden Bureau, is packed with flair and color, and now you can grow your own from seed. Native Hardy Hibiscus are deciduous shrubs that are perennial in Zones 4-9. They are comprised of the species moscheutos and of cultivars of the species syriacus. H. moscheutos is native to …

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    Flowers Victorians loved, and which stood the test of time

    When it came to their gardens, Victorians were anything but shy, retiring, stuffy or conservative. In fact, they were quite the opposite with colorful, flamboyant and outrageous as their guides to creating eccentric displays to go along with colorful and fantastical homes. We have to remember that during Victorian times, the entire world was opening up to travelers, and in particular to plant explorers who combed …

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    Flowers Victorians loved, and which stood the test of time

    When it came to their gardens, Victorians were anything but shy, retiring, stuffy or conservative. In fact, they were quite the opposite with colorful, flamboyant and outrageous as their guides to creating eccentric displays to go along with colorful and fantastical homes. We have to remember that during Victorian times, the entire world was opening up to travelers, and in particular to plant explorers who combed …

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    April 15, 2021

    Flowers for every garden

    Someone once asked me what my favorite flower was. Ho boy, talk about a trick question. Like a lot of gardeners, I sometimes tend to get obsessed with a particular family of flowers. Roses meant working my way up from common tea roses, and eventually my interest evolved to include old garden roses. Over time, I made my way from roses that make for nice bouquets to those varieties with the most fragrance. A …

  • Published
    April 1, 2021

    Just as cool as a…

    If on a warm summer day you have ever reached in and pulled a ripe cucumber out of the shelter of vines, you know there is something to that old saying: “cool as a cucumber.” Those cukes are curiously cool even on the hottest of days. They are also cunning, masquerading as anything but a cucumber so that if you overlook one of them, the next day they are the size of baseball bats. But sneaky as they are, there is …

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    March 18, 2021

    Six more reasons to grow sunflowers

    The most popular flower grown in home gardens, hands down, is the sunflower. From first-timers to experienced gardeners, these bold, easy-to-grow flowers are top choices. There are so many from which to choose. Sunflowers originated in the Americas, and domestic seeds dating back to 2100 B.C. were found in Mexico, according to the National Garden Bureau. Native Americans grew sunflowers as a crop, and explorers …

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