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Chrysanthemums

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I love when the leaves start to change color and the fall weather brings us cooler temperatures.  Although I enjoy the warmth of summer, the change from heat and humidity feels good.  Speaking of fall color, the chrysanthemum is prized for infusing the landscape with vibrant …

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Hop on a Guided Tour

One thing I always suggest to people that want to learn about the area and the Amish culture is to take a guided tour. Sure, driving around the countryside is a great way to get a feel, but why not have a guide along to tell you about the pieces of information you wouldn’t otherwise …

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8 Things You Should Know About the Shipshewana Flea Market

Did you know these following tidbits about the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market? It’s a Tuesday and Wednesday market. The mid-week hours add to the uniqueness of the seasonal flea market. Can’t make it during the week? It is also open for holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor There are nearly 900 booths. With …

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Knowledge to Grow – The Ruby Reds of Winter

I am a big fan of shrubs with red berries for brightening the winter landscape.  They also provide a food source for wildlife and come in quite handy for using in holiday décor. One of my favorites is Winterberry (Ilex verticillata). It is a native, deciduous shrub that is related to the evergreen hollies but …

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Guys: Here’s Your Christmas Shopping List

Dear Special Man: I’m really quite easy to buy for at Christmas. I don’t want small appliances, or large appliances for that matter. I don’t want anything that implies or resembles “work.” I want indulgence, not expensive. I want thought, not impulse. I want to sing, “You make me feel like a natural woman.” And …

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The Jolly Holly

During the bleak cold of winter, an evergreen can be a bit of colorful sunshine in an otherwise dreary landscape.  The Holly plant with its bright red berries has a long tradition of being used in holiday décor both inside and outside the home. In order to have red berries on your Holly bush, a …

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Knowledge to Grow – Spider Plant

During a visit to my daughters’ apartment last spring I noticed “Spidey” was looking a bit under the weather.  Droopy, brown leaf tips and rather pale, she asked me if I would take it home for some plant doctoring.  I said I would of course as I cannot take seeing a plant in pain.  “Spidey” …

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Winterizing Roses

Roses are one of the oldest and most popular garden flowers grown.  Even though there is a plethora of information available on growing roses, my experience has been through trial and error.  When winterizing, your main concern is protecting your roses from extended periods of weather below 20 degrees, fluctuating temperatures and winter winds.  Sometimes …

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Preparing Your Evergreens for Winter Weather

Fall is a critical time for plants to rehydrate themselves and evergreens, especially need to be well hydrated going into the winter season.  After experiencing a dry fall it is even more important to spend some extra time preparing your evergreens for the drying effects of winter weather. The parts of an evergreen that are …

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