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Nov 25 2015

The pleasure that gardens offer can cultivate a sense of gratitude

"We gardeners have a lot to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’ve been thinking about how fortunate I am in countless ways, many relating to that slightly chaotic project filled with flowers, vegetables and weeds that I call a garden. However you garden, you might be feeling the same. Do you plant a few pots on your patio every spring? Then give thanks that you get to try something new each year but needn’t invest a lot of time or money.
Nov 5 2015

Plant Spotlight: Oakleaf Hydrangea

"The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a hardy native shrub that has interest for much of the year. The branching of the oakleaf hydrangea is irregular, with branches pointing in many directions, while the peeling bark is a rich, warm reddish brown. The shape of the leaves gives the plant its common name of oakleaf. The leaves are large, 4 to 6 inches across. In the summer, the foliage is medium green; in the fall, it turns brilliant shades of yellow, burgundy, red and orange.
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