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Aaron Dalton
Professional writer + Garden blogger
Professional writer + Garden blogger

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Daffodil Time!
Yes, the calendar may read only February 8th, but it's been (mostly) a warm winter so far, and the daffodils are already showing their pretty heads. Only one bunch in bloom so far, but pretty soon I foresee a hillside adorned with cheery yellow flowers. Ami...

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Daikon as Clay Soil Amendment (and Tasty Vegetable)!
Daikon foliage, pre-deer (the stems coming out of the daikon at the bottom of the photo are actually from another annual - redwhisker clammyweed - that was growing in the same area where I scattered the daikon seeds) In the U.S., when we think of radishes, ...

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A Time to Sow
So many hopes and dreams in these packets... After months of drought, the rains have finally arrived. With rain in the forecast, I rushed to sow the wildflower seeds - some bought, others gathered on my own property - that I had been squirreling away. I'm t...

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Hello, November! :)
No rain in 2 months? If you're Salvia greggii (autumn sage), apparently you don't care. We're going through a dry spell. A no-rain-in-two-months kinda dry spell. I recognize that's no big deal in some parts of the country (e.g., California, Arizona, heck ev...

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The Perils of Garden Snobbery
For a long time, I thought rose bushes were too common. Everyone has rose bushes around here. So I refrained from adding one to the garden. My loss! I missed out on this ' Carefree Beauty ' all those years... It's been a champ throughout our hot, humid summ...

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Hot and Dry with a Strong Chance of Balloons
The more I grow balloon flower ( Platycodon grandiflorus ), the more it impresses me. We only had two days of rain all of September. Temperatures were way above normal. (Or perhaps this is the 'new normal'?) So it was hot, dry, sunny and I rarely watered. M...

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Beautiful Berries
You can see where the American beautyberry bush ( Callicarpa americana ) gets its name... Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says that the seeds and berries of Callicarpa americana "are considered an important food source for many species of birds."

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Doomed Caterpillars
Caterpillar (perhaps hummingbird clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe ) with braconid wasp cocoons on Viburnum dentatum  'Chicago Lustre' In my last post , I talked about looking for a caterpillar and finding a small tree frog on an arrowwood viburnum ( Viburnum ...

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Looked for a Cat, Found a Frog
A couple of days ago, I spotted this green caterpillar nicely camouflaged as it munched away on an arrowwood ( Viburnum dentatum ) leaf. Unknown caterpillar snacks on arrowwood ( Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre') leaf So this morning, I thought I would ta...

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Too Many Cats on the Fennel?
I counted 19 caterpillars - eastern black swallowtails , I think - on the bronze fennel ( Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'). You can see 13 or 14 of them in the photo below if you look carefully... Here's a close-up to make things easier... How many caterpill...
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